martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Nice high quality ale. Deep coppery colour with small beige head. Rich fruity aroma complex taste of malts And dried fruits high alcohol content is just detectable but not intrusively a fine beer. Had this in a Todd English pub where idiots were drinking pints of bud light in a 7 second challenge. The fools.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This looks clear, clean, and deep red in color, much like a sweet barleywine. It smells much like an old ale, sweet and malty, with soft, musky wood and alcohol defining the aroma. Itís so very soft in the mouth (oh, this should be consumed at around 60 degrees in my opinion) and tastes so very classy and full, with a hard candy-like sweetness in the finish. Toasted and caramel malts are really clean and decorative. This is a fabulously delicious beer. Simple, but strong (the alcohol is well-masked somehow), and it tastes like a well-aged barleywine or old ale. Wood is present, but complimentary. I have to say Iím actually very impressed by this beer - much more than I expected to be. A bright, malty, and alcoholic finish tops the bill. This may be my favorite selection from Alaskan. Yes, I think it is. Wow, this beer is good. It tastes like a chocolate bar at times, and like a cheesecake at others. Baffling. Delicious. Drink this at room temp!!!
Travlr (15915) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Beveridge. Clear ruby color, big whitenhead, solid lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel toast. Taste is boozy sweet nutella and caramel.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Nice pour, clear copper with no lacing and a moderate head. Iím partial to this style, but Iím also picky. I donít get a lot of the complex notes mentioned in the description, I think because the alcohol content is slightly too high, ever for a "triple bock". The aroma is very good, though...very appetizing. The taste is OK, I get the woodiness and toastyness, and a little bit of chocolate, but itís not as good as many regular "doppelbocks" Iíve had. I think itís a little heavy-handed, and too much of a good thing perhaps. Wish I could rate it better, but alas...What can I say - itíll get ya drunk!
Roonai (305) - - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Deyholla. Pours a rich amber with low brown head that dissipates. nose is load of caramel-y malts with some roasty smoke to cut into the sweetness a bit. Taste is similar- loads of toffee caramel and roast. Very enjoyable and enough complexity to keep me interested :-)
deyholla (8131) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear deep sappy amber with a gray head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma has a nice sweet grain, biscuit and toffee note with a bit of fruits and some backing oak and vanilla notes. Flavor starts with biscuit and toffee and has more oak, roasted malts and vanilla in the finish with a touch of dark fruits.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from BevMo! by Liberty Station, donít remember the price.Clear orange brown with a small yellowish beige head, fading to a thin ring rather quickly. Toasty oak and a lot of sweet caramel in the nose, some toasted grain, a bit of fig and sherry in the back end. Glancing at a few reviews, I was afraid that this would be crazy sweet and the oak wouldnít be able to balance the beer. There is a ton of oak--doesnít seem toasty, and more of the new oak vanilla shines through--but the caramel is a touch restrained and toasty malt seems to come forth more. That said, itís still fairly sweet, and this first glass is plenty. Bitterness peaked at a 2ish in the finish, the 10.5% ABV is masked quite well. Low soft carbonation with a big full body. Definitely need to be a fan of big beers and heavy oak to enjoy this one. Solid enough, but man, that oak is strong. Itíd probably be a diabetes beer if it wasnít, though.
jhgrantjr (456) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Friendly Spot. Pours a deep copper color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, vanilla, amazing smell. Flavor is sweet too. Dark fruit and oaky, really interesting. As it warms it has a warm flavor. Good beer.
Copper/mahogany pour with an off-white head. Nose is sweet caramel, oak, vanilla, and cola. Some dark fruit, chocolate, and molasses. Sweet flavors of molasses, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla. A heavy oak note, chocolate, cola, and light roast. Maybe a touch of nuts.
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wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a tasting.
Aroma: Heavy molasses and caramel. Slight roasted malt. Nutty.
Appearance: Clear dark amber body, spare head.
Taste: Good god this is the closest thing Iíve had to a tawny port that is not tawny port. De-licious. DELICIOUS. I want to be baptized in this stuff.
Palate: Sticky, kind of boozy. Definite warmer. Long finish, kind of sticky.
Overall: Good golly miss molly I did not expect that. What a fantastic, fantastic beer.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured deep ruby/red with a thin head. Nose had worty malt. Quite malty and worty. So much sweetness on this and no bitterness or hop presence to balance it. Warming alcohol which added even more sweetness. Didnít necessarily taste bad, just really hard to get through a whole pour.