Reid (1876) - 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 (1547) - 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. It’s 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 don’t 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 (632) - 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 (3064) - 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.
screigh (456) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful dark copper color with a large heard. Head is off white, this and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma of toffee and hops. I get a bit of a creamy mouthfeel with fruit and spicey hops. Alcohol seems to be hidden well. Dryness in the finish.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
translucent amber brown with a dense beige head. medium body with medium-soft carbonation.
aroma: caramel, ale malt, piney bittering hops, and the dates come out clearly as it warms.
taste: same as aroma.
there is some water/pH astringency, enough to detract, but not make it bad.
jredmond (5300) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can split with Dallas. Pours a deep amber, mahogany body with thin creamy , off white head. Aroma is pure toffee, with some fresh pine hops in the back. Mouthfeel is pleasant, balanced, and simple, with notes of toffee, sweet caramel malts, fresh pine hops, and some spice. A very good, straight forward ale.
improvjock (321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma of toffee. Flavor is smooth, with dates, figs, and toffee. Fairly sweet, but not overpowering. A bit of bitterness in the finish. I’m glad we won this war.
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 31 March 2012) Dark reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with red fruit, caramel and orange peel. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, toast, red fruit and spicy hops in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain malt sweetness. Very much like an English strong ale brewed by American brewers, which in fact is exactly what it is. Well balanced and nice.