elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber color, almost reminiscent of dark honey--just beautiful. Thin off-white head that persists for some time. Aroma is quite restrained, smelling mostly of a non-specific fruity sweetness. Taste, however, is a different matter. An upfront sweetness of dried fruit (though, again, it’s not specifically dates) gives way to a piney hop flavor. The real kick, however, the overpowering of flavor of alcohol--so strong, you’d swear you were drinking vapor--that comes in midway and persists into the aftertaste. For a while, I was wondering where the malts were, but as the beer warmed, some general breadiness became discernible. Mouthfeel is watery, with a lively carbonation. In sum, this beer’s an interesting twist on English ale. There’s a complexity that can’t be denied, and despite all of the different flavor profiles, it somehow works.
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 24, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark copper with a creamy light tan head. Nose dark fruit Full body. Rich and very resinous mouth feel. Flavor is rich malts, dark ripe fruit and some pine. A lot of pine in the finish. Great.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can. Poured a dark amber bordering a brownish color with an off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and a lighter spice.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great packaging on this special edition from 21st Amendment. Pours brown with some red highlights and a huge foamy head. Aroma is spicy and mildly caramel and some slight citrus. Tastes of subtle caramel sweetness with spice, but I couldn’t find the dates. Drying mouthfeel. Spicy hops. Not as complex as I was anticipating. Bitterness of 52 IBU is well hidden in the balance but it finally finds its way through in the finish.
slowrunner77 (9620) - 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."
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours brown with a nice one finger beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, raisins and dates. Flavor of caramel, toffee, dates, citrus, dark fruit and pine.
Darkmagus82 (2233) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From BA review from 2-14-12 -
Served in 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep red nearly brown color with a nice billowy off white head. The head faded slowly giving a nice bit of lacing.
Smell – The smell is a nice mix of dried fruit and hoppiness. The hops, which really are most prevalent upfront in the nose, are mainly pine in nature with some earthy and floral hop aromas. The fruit, largely composed of cherry, raisin and prune, then comes more toward the middle and end of the aroma. It’s a nice balance between sweet and hoppy.
Taste – A bit of hoppiness is the first thing to be detected. A bit more subtle then the nose would suggest, with pine and an ever so light citrus. A sweeter flavors mixed with a roasted malty flavor enter toward the middle of the taste; with the sweet a mix of dark dried fruits. While the hops that are present initially begin to fade the dried fruit flavor comes in making up for their loss. A nice transition.
Mouthfeel – A nice thicker feel to the body, which coats the mouth while drinking. The thickness seems to make it more bock or stout like. The only problem is a little bit of an over-carbonation for the thickness of the body. The body is soothing while the carbonation is more invigorating. The two competing with each other leaves something to be desired in the mouthfeel.
Overall - It is an interesting beer. Moderately hoppy with some nice fruit flavors. The only real complaint is a lack of complementation in the mouthfeel, but otherwise however it is quite a good brew.
Eberndt (235) - - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark pour. Malty flavor and a little bitter. The date flavor was better than expected.
Bacterial (2775) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from 2011 that had been MIA in the back of my fridge. Aged in the cold quite well, hops calmed down from what I remember. Dark amber slightly hazy pour with a thin tan head. Malty, bitter and hints of dark fruit in the taste. Pretty good!
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting and complex, this one kind of took my by surprise as I’m not very familiar with the taste of a date. Dark ale, aroma of Christmas spices, dark fruit, bready caramel malt, some floral hop notes. Taste is similar, with a bit of a booze burn, not my cup of tea I suppose but still very well made.
hfmejias (1260) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured clear, copper in color with a nice off-white head and pretty lace on glace. Aroma of spices combined with dark fruits and malts. Taste is maybe a bit too sweet because of fruit and malts but still very nice an enjoyable. Good beer.