madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours copper red with a fizzy, quckly dissapating head. Smells of yeast, a little spice and dough. Lots of sweet malt in the taste, balanced by yeast and a warm alcohol finish. The malt just sits on the back of the tongue on this one. Mouthfeel is a lot richer and creamier than I expected. A very pleasant brew.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. pors clear red with small soapy head. aroma of dark fruit and candy sugar. flavor is very sweet dark candy sugar, dark fruit, a bit yeasty. sticky palate. not much malt complexity here.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque orange with a thin off-white quickly fading head. Aroma of Belgian Yeast, dark fruits, sweet and toasted malts. Taste of sugar, toasted malt, fruit, mild citrus and spices. Not too much alcohol on the palate but noticeable warming effects afterwards. I haven’t had a whole lot of this style, but this was pretty good as far as beers go.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear, fiery reddish-orange with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up darker fruit, toffee, and warm caramel sweetness with well-integrated peppery alcohol and wintery spices. The flavor was centered around aged caramel with some raw cane sugars here and there.. spices rose toward the edges of the palate and left a dry, tacky impression on the finish.. alcohol was bright and not necessarily complementary, but it never got in the way either.. warmed up the belly nicely. Heavier-bodied and lively on the palate with a long impression on the finish.. overall a respectable drink.
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to noncaloric for two bottles of this in a trade. Having tried the first I may lay down the other for a while to see if settles. While a well done beer I think a few months to a year could help it meld even more.
Aroma / Appearance - A sheet of lacing slid along the sides of the glass as the murky red body flowed out of the bottle. Peach, vanilla, chocolate, and ethanol formed a sweet and creamy combination that was a little overpowering though cohesive.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy with a strong malt backbone it unfolds into a series of delightful tastes startign with chocolate and oranges. Next come raisins and some laid back spices. Finally the warm finish tickles the throat with a yeasty kick. All told it is a little different than i expected but solid nonetheless.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 1/3/09. 12oz bottle. Slightly hazy with an orange golden hue. Bubbled ring of off-white head. Sweet nose with hints of raisins, cinnamon, molassia and a citrus banana yeast character. Rather full bodied with a sweet malt character. Both the malts and the yeast offer sweet nuances. Flavors of dark berries and citrus, Belgian style yeast. Slight bitternessin the middle. Nice citrus zest. Sticky finish that lingers with a pleasant mix of cola and a touch burnt wood and caramel. Solid style and interpretation. Lotta respect for these guys. Another Ace.
nearbeer (3722) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz thanks to General Gao. Light haze on this ruby-copper beer with a small lasting ring of cream. Delicate frosty lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, banana, tropical fruit bubble gum and hints of oak. Tastes of Bananas Foster, molasses, raisins and lightly tart berry. Finish dries well with earthy spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon, with dashes of wood barrel, char and alcohol. Medium body is mostly smooth, spicy-tingly and finishes nicely dry for all the big malt flavors. Also some slight chest-warming in this nice winter ale.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ive been waiting a while to try this brew. Pours a semi translucent amber colour with a huge off white head. Aroma is beautiful, enticing with ripe cherries, raspberries and sweet rich caramel malts on the nose. Taste is flavourful with ripe fruit notes and a creamy mouthfeel.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date thanks to Colin (General Gao) for this one! This one would’ve gone under my radar otherwise. Clear copper brown with a 1/2 finger beige head, slowly fading to a thick ring and thin film, though creamy. Lots of sweet caramel/toffee malts and dark candi sugar up front with plenty of sweet raisins, figs, and some spicy clove and candied orange rind notes. There is also a bit of Belgian yeast (go figure) and some spicy alcohol, as expected from the strength. So far, so good--though it could end up far too sweet. Well, it is sweet, but not ungodly so (thank you). The flavor adds a bit of tea notes and it isn’t quite as fruity, though all of the fruits are still present, and there seems to be a bit of a fruity tang, (perhaps the orange? though the orange didn’t seem tangy in the aroma. . .), though not terribly strong. The finish is semi-dry with a bitterness peaking around a 2-3 and slightly earthy. Full body with light to moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice--glad I got to try it.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 Spice/clove element is not overplayed and zesty and tart fruit flavors (orange, strawberry) . Balance by subtle carmel almost pastry like sweetness. Not too cloying. Really just needs more carbonation. Considering the modest price compared to the category this is very impressive.