5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can:   Coppery colored, thin to moderate off-white head, a bit sudsy, with sparce lacing.   Somewhat of a
bready and biscuity nose.   An odd duck of astringent biscuity mealy malt flavors on the tongue.   Its a bit hoppier
than most English Ales.   Seems like an ESA meets ASA of sorts, and I am not sure that it works.   Its like many
winter English Strong Ales, except remove the strong biscuity malt profile, dim that down a bunch, and add a stronger than
normal hop back ground.   Not really digging this one, seems really out of balance in terms of hops mated with malts.
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour out of 12 oz can is dark reddish with thin but lasting slightly off white head, aroma has notes of dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugars, toffee, hints of grape, touch of alcohol but not bad. Taste is a slight alcohol burn, hints of dark fruit with the dates slightly, hints of burnt caramel, slight earth and toffee notes, touch of slight grassy notes, finishing fairly bitter but dry also.
Svesse (6174) - 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.
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at special brews.pours a very dark but crystal clear brown with rubied edges. Dense creamy tan head. Sweet fruitcake and molasses nose, but very subdued. Not cloying at all...ya gotta get your nose wet to nail the profile. Creamy dense body with lively carb. Sweet black bread, dates, and some tangerine on the mid palate. Mild sweet finish. Could be a tiny bit bolder, but fully delectable as is.
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber orange with a thin head. Lightly sweet aroma with some light toasty notes and spices. The flavor has toffee, toast, some great flowery notes, spices, and light fruity notes. Good stuff.
douglas88 (6111) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very cool can thanks to Craig I think. Pours a clear dark ruddy amber color with a large white head. A sweet nose of biscuit and hops, very much like an American Pale. The flavor is similar; dominated by sweet and fruity American hops, light toffee, a bit of dryness. Leafy in fact. Very tasty.
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/25/12. 12oz can. Basically clear amber pour with a small khaki head that fades to a ring and barely laces. Sweet aroma of brown sugar with a touch of alcohol and bitterness. Slightly sweet caramel entry with a definite minerally bitterness, a fair hint of roast, and lingering earthy hop bitterness. More time shows dark fruits and nuttiness lingering as well. Not bad.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Dark red, with a thin but firm head of light tan foam. Sweet caramel aroma. The beer drinks super-sweet ... full of caramel malt, and a raisin-like richness that I have to attribute to the advertised dates. Slippery enough to lubricate a kid’s bike, I’d say. (#4448, 1/15/2012)
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"No idea what "style" I was partaking in while drinking this, but I dug it. Floral and hoppy, but that’s just one part of what was going on. Ample malt As well...caramel, nutty and fruity with a good dose of dates and a bittersweet finish. Nicely done."
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big hoppy nose on top of tofee and dark fruit. Piney and danky. Pours dark amber reddish, nice lasting head. The flavor is a big blast of danky bitterness up front followed by toffee, caramel, and dark fruity - probably the dates. Lingering hoppy bitterness. No real hint of 8.5%. Good.