arminjewell (6148) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, 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.
after4ever (6103) - 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.
BVery (6069) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Deep amber pour with an absolutely monster frothy foamy cream-tan head. Takes forever for the head to recede. Nose is pine hops and bread. Palate is a little thin. Taste is bread, a bit of nut, and some pine hops late. Tasty brew, wish it had a bit more body.
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.
drowland (5989) - 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.
blipp (5973) - 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 (5896) - 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.
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.
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, 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)
alexsdad06 (5359) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can. Pours a clear caramel brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has a pleasing combination of citrusy hops, moderately sweet fruits and some hints of caramel and molasses. The flavor opens with a shot of the dates and some citrus like hops. A moderate level of bitterness hits with some toasted bread notes. Finish maintains nice bitterness. I didn’t really know what to expect with this, but thought it was well worth the try.