jgb9348 (4495) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice super rich toffee, caramel and copper coloured body with deep ruby highlights and a one centimetre tall tan head that fades very quickly. Aroma of earthy, piney hops with a ton of alcohol, caramel, pit fruits, raisins, nuts and a touch of light spices. Full-bodied; Earthy malt up front with caramel and a good amount of hops that actually produces a solid and not potent or bitter flavour. Aftertaste is well rounded and complex - showing off the caramelised sugars, alcohol and a bit of the piney hops at the tail end. Overall, a very nice beer - strong, but not overpowering with some complex earthy english flavours - nice! I sampled this twelve ounce can (with a nice mock picture) purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 02-July-2012 for US$3.00 sampled at home in Washington on 16-August-2012.
hivemind (693) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at James’ a few months ago. Thanks James. Dark amber pour. Aroma is kind of tough to discern, but possibly Belgian yeast strain. Thin-bodied with a dry, bready taste.
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow - a big and boozy beer, but still drinkable. I expected big hops from these two west coast brewers. Surprised it wasn’t so. Sampled at the 2012 Lansdale Beer Fest.
JDBaker11058 (1133) - Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: poured into a chalice, a deep, clear garnet with one finger of medium tan head, some legs, and a little lace. Aroma: molasses, ginger snaps, brown sugar, dates, raisins, and figs. Taste: prunes, dates, caramel, candi sugar, brown sugar, toffee, graham cracker pie crust, and some slightly dank, resinous hops. Finish: big, sweet, and slowly fading. Notes: Wow, what a nice beer. Big, huge, rich flavors. Could almost have been a barleywine, but the alcohol was restrained (you’d never know it was an 8.5% abv) and the bitterness took a back seat. Eminently drinkable, pretty to look at, and tasty to boot. WINNAH.
BlackEyePA (559) - USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good. Rich malts shine through but there are hops sewn into this one. Well balanced and clean but heavy. Malty strong with a hint of alco esters. Nice body and legs and the yeast is awesome how it leaves spice and a hint of warmth but doesnt ruin the palate or stay too long. good stuff
JPDurden24 (1495) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Can, and graciously shared by a friend last winter. Sweet and malty and tasty, a little bit of dark fruity flavors as well. Thoroughly enjoyable beer.
bth122 (1152) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark amber brown. Can at obx. Love the can label. Aroma is dominated by caramel malt. Medium light sweetness. Medium body at least. Huge malt forward notes. Carbonation on the softer side. Not bad.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Pours a clear dark copper color with a sticky tan head. Little carbonation. Aroma has dates, fig, prune and caramel. Taste is sweet with dates and some light bitterness. Thinner bodied and somewhat sticky. No idea that this is 8.5% abv. Pretty tasty.
strongpieman (1390) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Malty aroma, a little sweet and dry. Copper, clear, light head. Sweet taste that really brings out the dates. Different taste but good as it’s not overdone.
Peacehammer (600) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very deep copper, malty aroma with some fruity spice. Medium thick body, with a decided date flavor. Very enjoyable.