60minuteman (1278) - West Chester, 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 (2768) - Silver Spring, Alabama, 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. Itís not as bitter as the IPA and IIPAs that I normally drink, but I think thatís a good thing as I try to expand my horizons. The balance really hides the substantial ABV, which could be dangerous! :)
rruhl1981 (25) - medina, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can poured into snifter, rich dark chocolatey brown nice thick head even on soft pour, aroma is malty and sweet, flavor is chocolatey and richly sweet... To bad that this is a special edition
Reid (2276) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can from "Lifesource" Salem.
Fine looking dark amber with red highlights body and a great looking eggshell white thick and creamy head.
Great wafts of malt driven pleasure assault the nose nutty,caramel,earthy,dark fruit( dates?)..great
Taste is much the same as the aroma with the addition of nice spicy hopping..but that does not dominate just balances.Dark bitter fruit finish
Nice mouthfeel with a note of alcohol.
Great beer..nice for the colder days..hope i have some for next winter
bpreo (2469) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two powerful Breweries (one from California, the other from Oregon) join forces to brew a super beer. Itís really cool, and it shows that the future of brewing is very bright.
It is brewed with Dates, an old fruit from palm trees originating in the Middle East, which tells me this could be what beer tasted like a long time ago. Image a beer drinker from Sumeria in 3,000 BC who was tired of the same old Barley beer. He took a few dates and squeezed the juice into his beer. Most likely his wife liked it better than he did.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I picked this up because I have enjoyed "old" ales in the past and was intrigued to find another example. I donít know about the dates that the label mentions, but the look is beautiful (deep amber), and the taste is pretty delicious. I think there is tremendous balance in this beer. It starts with mostly the malt then finishes with just the right amount of hop bite. I would definitely look out for this beer to purchase again.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can with James. Pours a nice brown with a creamy head. Smell is just like toffee candies. Taste is sweet caramel with a night bright hoppiness. Really nice. Hides alcohol really well.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 12 oz. can from State Line Liquors. It pours a very deep ruddy amber color with a large, light tan head of foam. Nice looking brew. The nose has lots of malt with notes of fresh baked raisin bread and a touch of fruitcake. The flavor has lots of chewy malt up front with nice white raisin, light date, and spiced cake notes. There is a good balancing bitterness from slightly piney hops. Full bodied with a good bit of soft carbonation and a medium to long bready then slightly bitter finish. Just a touch of alcohol warmth on the back end. I really enjoyed this brew, but I am sure there are many that will bash it for not having more hops. Great for any malt fan.