Darkmagus82 (1728) - - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served deep copper-brown color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention fading slowly to leave some streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of a caramel and molasses sweet smell mixed with a darker fruit smell of cherry and raisin. Along with these aromas is a bit of a bready smell as well as a very light spice smells and a bit of vanilla rounding it all out.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and more roasted flavor with a good level of caramel and toffee. Some of the sweeter flavors develop further by darkening in nature, taking on more brown sugar and molasses like flavors. Along with the darkening of sugars, so too comes some darker fruit flavors of a plum and fig nature. A little bit more roasted and chocolate flavor come to the tongue as the flavor moves onto the end. Along with a little bit of an alcohol booziness, the finish of the taste leaves a rather nice warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and full with a carbonation level that is rather low. Both are nice for the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew and create a mouth coating feel that baths the tongue in all the flavors.
Overall – A rather tasty winter warmer. A nice flavorful and enjoyable brew and one to try if you have a chance.
snoworsummer (2186) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Pours dark murky brown with a thin, fizzy off white head. Tastes like burnt toast, malt, bitterness, roasted grains. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet malt, light raisins, and light alcohol.
sonnycheeba (3592) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is toasted and caramel malts, raisins, fig, light woody notes, and faint mixed nuts. Flavor is dry roast malts forward, light earthiness, faint dark fruit esters, and faint ash and woodiness; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pint in Collegeville, Pa. Light body yet potent. Light cabonation. Drank this very quickly and got a big head rush. Worth a try.
Theydon_Bois (9110) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Appalachian, Collegeville, 29/11/13.
Mid black with a good sized tan head.
Nose is roast malt, chocolate streak, toffee fudge, light booze notes, earthy, brown bread.
Taste comprises bitter dark chocolate, brown sugars, chocolate biscuit, toffee fudge.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, light woody boozey vein at the business end.
Ok stuff, though this came over more as a stout possibly of the imperial variety.
twindog (265) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt. Sweet malt flavor upfront with some dark fruit, caramel and chocolate with a roasted malt bite at the end. Overall, a very nice beer!
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alexsdad06 (5559) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle shared by phaleslu. Pours a brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, some roasted malt, mild chocolate, some earthy notes with a dry finish. Hints of dark fruit. I’m not sure what this wants to be.
DrSilverworm (6573) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared by phaleslu. Clear dark brown color. Little creme-colored head. Dots of lace. Caramel malt, some toffee, little dark fruit, little chocolate, little nutty. Bigger body. Good creaminess in the texture, light carbonation. Sweeter taste. Light bitter. Solid
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a chestnut brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, and dried apricots. Flavor of toffee, tea, tobacco, brown sugar, and toast. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Good English strong ale, which admittedly isn’t a style I have often.
b3shine (5573) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to taster (thanks phaleslu). Looks good; cola with thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and hops with a notable caramel presence. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good stuff!