GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours almost black into the glass with a creamy beige head that settles into a thin cap and leaves sporadic lacing.
The aroma is very sweet with
The taste has tons of sweet dark malts and lots of molasses, raisins and even some grapes. Thereís also some vanilla and wood sweetness with some licorice thrown in. Definitely a sweet aroma.
The taste follows the aroma with a cola sweetness up front. Itís got some chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits as well. Got some banana sweetness in the finish with a bit of dry woodiness.
The mouthfeel is very slick with lower carbonation than I expected.
I had high hopes for this when I cracked it but it didnít quite live up to my expectations. Itís a little too sweet for me and lacks complexity. A good beer but not one Iíll go back to.
theisti (3517) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of bvc. 2008 Vintage. It appears that the 2008 is 9.8% ABV. Pour is black with some cordovan redness present, topped with a one inch tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, sweet marshmallow, some leafy tobacco notes and some oaky booziness. Nice nose, though the sweetness is a little odd, as marshmallow is the closest I can come to describing it. Taste is the roasted malt, very much coffee in flavor, behind that is licorice tobacco notes, followed by the sweetness of the nose. The sweetness is more of a vanilla in taste. There is also a brown sugar molasses to the taste beyond vanilla. Some black cherry fruit. The oak woodiness and alcohol heat show up late and linger long into the finish. Palate is medium, some carbonation and as mentioned, lingers with alcohol heat. This should improve with some age, its pretty hot right now. This is a nice sipper, thanks for sending my way Brandon!
jsquire (3794) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany color with a thin beige head. Big dark caramel, brown sugar and alcohol nose. Thick mouthfeel, with tons of molasses, dark brown sugar and some chocolate, cherry, licorice, tar and sherry. Alcohol tingle on the tongue. Nice beer.
BrianDorry55 (358) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. in trade from HopDog...Thanks Steve! Pours almost black with a very thin, tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, light alcohol, sweet fruits: plums, cherries, and grapes. Flavor is roasted marshmallows, plums, and brown sugar...very sweet. Very smooth, nice and warm. Very enjoyable.
lakersfan16 (53) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle.
Pours a dark brown with a small tannish head. Aroma of vanilla, bananas, chocolate, and cherries. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. 2008 Vintage. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, dark cherries, licorice, bananas, chocolate, and woody. Tastes of dark cherries, vanilla, chocolate, oak, dark fruits, and marsh mellows. Vanilla creme. The addition of dark cherries and vanilla beans were done nicely. The oak was there but not overpowering. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
208 Bottle - Thanks Matt - Pours a murky black with a small tan head..aroma is chocolate covered bananas and sweet vanilla...flavour is bold, charred oak, cherry coconut, vanilla...fruity and dark, good over ice cream...
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 bomber 2008 by way of riversideAk... muchas gracias, alex!
dark reddish cola brown colored with a tan tinted head which fades and lasts as a ring.
floral bananas, yeast and alcohol are initially noticed before a blast of marshmallow peeps... you know, the candies... yuck! itís a bit perplexing yet is noted by my drinking companion so i know that iím not losing my mind... later on as the beer is allowed to warm and open it reveals notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark roast and cinnamon. the peep aroma remains...
the first taste is definitely peep flavored... pink to be exact. i allow it to sit and hope that it opens... about an hour later it shows vanilla, roast, cocoa, loads of coffee, bananas, denatured alcohol (yep) and a floral, ashy, booze laden finish. the peeps still haunt my palate. there IS a pleasant char character in the aftertaste. the medium body has some texture from the ale yeast but it is too sweet for my liking (though not unusual for a BP). the mouth feel is somewhat flat and dead on the tongue.
a day later (lunch to be exact).... still pretty much the same but mellower. the plastic floral notes are still in abundance and itís riddled with ethanol... blech, this thing is a mess. 4/3/4/2/7/2.0
bottle reluctantly tried on 1/2/2010.
still... super sweet, roasty and full of artificially flavored peeps. sure there is some ash and nail polish in there but i canít get past the damn peeps.
i should stop trying this since my score for it keeps going down...
jake65 (2944) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a thin tan head. Fruity and sweet aroma. Malty and chocolate with a vanilla element. Tastes malty and roasty with the fruity notes and vanilla real easing into a mellow barrel aged taste. Even a bit of toasted marshmellow... A delicious dessert beer. Thanks Matt!
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/1/08 From 22oz bottle. Aroma is roasty and creamy, semi-sweet, and low on alcohol and fruit. Appearance is very dark brown with a well maintained light tan head. Flavor is much of the same, unsweetened cream followed by a fruity roast bittering and almost tart, but not acrid finish. Mouthfeel is lightly warm, medium-full bodied with a low carb feel. Overall, a complex brew that is fairly easy drinking for the style but lacks some of the higher fruit and alcohol notes Iíd expect of the style.