magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from wine warehouse - pours a clear dark red with a white head. Aroma is slightly metallic though I do get spicy sweet notes. Taste leans bitter and the palate is a bit dry. Overall, solid effort.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a can has a dark amberish color with a medium beige head. Roasty nose with a little alcohol, spice and and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is malty and then woody,nutty with some hop bitterness and some zest. Palate is fairly smooth with a nice carbonation and easy to drink, pretty good brew.
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap and 12oz can. Poured a dark amber color with a one finger light tan head with good retention. Aroma is roasty, nutty, toffee, stale hops, and a little booze. Malty and slightly sweet, with dates, caramel and bready malts at first. Orange zest with some floral hops, followed by a pine bitterness that lingers for awhile. Very slight alcohol burn through the finnish. Creamy mouthfeel, with moderate to high carbonation.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from wchesser, thanks Will! Aroma has notes of toasted malts, sweet dried fruits, toffee and citrus hops. Dark hazy brown hue with an off-white head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Taste is very sweet and med bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft. Overall a very good and drinkable brew.
wxman (1427) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a reasonable light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and raisins. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dark dried fruit, molasses, caramel and an assertive hop bitterness. Some citrusy notes as well. Robust and flavorful, but a bit too hoppy for this aging hophead. Well balanced.
ACHops (689) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Super Deli Mart. Pours dark chestnut with a thin lacey head. Light spice and cloves on the nose. Chewy malt flavor with oak, spice, and punchy hops. This would be a cool one to age a couple years. How does that work with cans? I think this is my first date beer. Love both of these breweries, so my expectations are pretty high I guess. The marketing and packaging are cool with this one too, even by 21st standards.
60minuteman (753) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany pour with light tan head. Aroma of spices, dates, figs and burnt malt. Taste is roughly the same with the addition of honey. Frothy and carbonated...almost overly so. Still delicious.
MadRobin (1940) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12 ounce can.
A red-orange brown that's dark enough to be more translucent than clear. The pour produces a massive tan head that settles fairly quickly to leave a thin film and mass tons of beautiful lacing.
Aroma of Brown sugar, dark fruits, dates, caramel, pine and a little citrus.
Sweet taste with dark fruits, dates, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, pine and light citrus. Finishes with resinous pine hops.
Medium/full body and soft carbonation with a delightfully smooth mouthfeel.
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Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to bhensonb. Poured dark amber with an off white head. Aroma and flavor were dark fruits, grain, and caramel. Body was medium with frothy carbonation.
CincyBeercat (17) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful garnet pour with a khaki, fluffy head that fades, leaving a thin layer and minimal lacing.
Aroma of malt and dark fruit, maybe cherry with a hint of hops.
Taste is very well balanced. Starts with a slight sweetness and then the earthy malt kicks in before fading to a nice, mild bitterness.
Overall, I really like this beer. It’s not as bitter as the IPA and IIPAs that I normally drink, but I think that’s a good thing as I try to expand my horizons. The balance really hides the substantial ABV, which could be dangerous! :)