beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Pours a deep ruddy brown with a huge rocky head on top. Aromas of sweet fruit, some spice, and hops coming through as well. The flavor follows the aroma with a bit of floral and spice coming through initially. The finish is rather hoppy and spicey.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from 750 mL bottle picked up thatís been aging for a few years. Appearance is a slightly hazy deep deep red with brown edges. A huge full and frothy light brown head. The aromas are sweet cinnamon, malt, and aged hops. The flavors are sweet caramel with dashes of cinnamon (even the texture). Full and complex malt profile, white and black pepper notes, vanilla cream. The mouth if full bodied with a chewy and creamy texture. Delicious!
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle special thanks to danielcurtis81 for having the self-control to purchase and save this for 3 years thus sharing on his wedding week. Pours a dark reddish/brown with Gigantic cake-like, foamy, bubbly head. Has a sweet, juicy fruit aroma that teases that palate. Taste is a complexion symphony. Sweet, smooth malt, fresh red fruits, marshmallow, wine like and alcohol hints. Very strong in all aspects.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep red-brown with a small head. Aroma is pretty alive with both hops and malt. Maybe some floral aromas as well. The flavor is of very sweet malt, also some tar underneath. The hops are still there, though subdued now. These flavors arenít mixing well. I donít know if it needs more age, but it seems that the flavors are clashing, not working together. Palate is full, rich, elegant. Overall, good.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My god let this one age. Iím sure by now you have. Malty nose with chocolate notes. Malty body, sweet, with chocolate, candy sugar, liqueurish notes. Hides alcohol well.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle - opened in Dec í08; pours clear, reddish brown with frothy off-white head; musky, rich, almost bourbon-like nose; texture is thin, flat and soft; caramel, sweet candy malts, dank fruit and a little syrupy; almost BW-like flavors and nothing off-putting or oxidized; bready, dry and sweet; pretty tasty overall and interesting with the age on it
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
08/07/08 - Really amazing smell, hops are fading but the beer still tastes pretty good and could probably age another year or two. Warms the stomach...
02/16/08- I cracked a bottle of this and wow I liked it a lot better this time. Delicious malts, some hop bitterness, sweet caramel, piney, reminded me a little of Yulesmith. What was I thinking the first time I reviewed this?? Excellent beer, Damn you Alesmith!!!
9/29/07-This was indeed quite red in color. The smell was a little hoppy but nothing impressive. The taste was also a little hoppy with some malts but again nothing stood out as being decadent. The mouthfeel was astringent and decently carbonated. I would not purchase this again and I canít imagine this improving with age as the label suggests.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-29-2007 17:44:10
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with mspindler and JoeTheYounger.. Pours a milky brown with a khaki head.. Some caramel in the aroma but you can tell it has oxidized.. Flavor is caramel with surprisingly a hop bite. Lots of carbonation left for being almost 3 years old..I enjoyed it.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy laroja, thanks Morgan. This one pours a dark reddish brown color topped a by a foamy tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind. The aroma is really nice and shows rich, sweet caramel, toffee, piney hops, and some vanilla cream. The hops seemed to have faded a bit, but you can tell they were a big component when this was fresh. The flavor is very malt forward with rich caramel and toffee that the pine hops try to balance out. Chocolate and caramel with some vanilla cream dominate in this beer. Full bodied and smooth with nice balanced carbonation leading to a sweet, malty finish with a touch of warming. This is a really tasty beer now and still holding up well, but I can see how good this would have been fresher.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is clearly over-the-hill, and a shadow of the beer it once was, but itís still deliciously malty and full-bodied.