BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
has a ruby and brown pour with darker brown hues at the edges, there is a little haze in the pour to, made a quick off-white head that collapses to a ring and a bubbled island in the center, there are lots of chunky particles in the glass,
this beer has aromas of nut, toasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar and molasses sweetness with faint dark fruit,
and flavors of toasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar sweetness with faint chocolate, pretty similar to the aromas,
also, this has some pepper like bitterness on the palate, and it appears to have a slight off-ness on the palate, maybe a slight off-ness in taste?,
mouth feel is more than medium, gave some dryness on the palate, there is no alcohol warmth on the palate but you know the 8.5% is there,
seems to be an ok beer, nothing really stands out in this beer, the alcohol or hop bitterness or combination of both seem to get in the way of fully enjoying this drink, the bitterness is off or just not right, everything is ok except for the finish.
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11th October 2008. GABF. Presented as from the ’Corner’ brewery. This version 9.0% abv. Clear dark brown beer. Nice fruity malt with just a subtle hop finish. Dry palate. Slighty unusual.
Tmoney99 (13600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ann Arbor. Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and small dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ypsilanti brewpub. Pours dark hazy reddish brown with tan head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, malt and light dark fruits. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, chocolate and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel with some chewy malts. Carbonation is fine. Satisfying old ale.
RHSpartan (6) - troy, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2009 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep hazy brown with a very thin cream head. Faint smell of chocolate and toffee. Slight esters. Chocolate and caramel malts dominate flavor with roasted notes. Alcoholic finish. Medium mouthfeel. Slight hop flavor. A decent, if unspectacular beer.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly hazy caramel brown with a creamy and rather large beige slowly dissipating crown – it took a few minutes to pour the whole bottle. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, cereal grains and mild alcohol. Taste of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, raisons and alcohol. Mostly malted but enough of a hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. Creamy and a shade over carbonated but not too bad.
jhulett (12) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2009
1.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Suspecting that it might gush, I chilled the bottle down to 32 degrees before opening. No luck, I had to wait 30 min. for the foam to settle before I could even consider drinking it. I’m not sure why Arbor hasn’t figured out this problem yet. They generally make good beers. Phat Abbot Triple is one of my favorites. Bad experience with this one. Big waste of money.
milewide (2073) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2009
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Carbonation was extreme! Cold from frig and still 90% foam. More ended up on counter than in my glass. Some sweet carmel taste, but total experience was very negative!
flatmatt (1487) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2015 Re-rate from 11-Nov-2015: I have a note in my phone telling me to up this to 4.1.
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aromas of dark fruits with some caramel. Flavor is very nice dark fruit, caramel, a bit sweet, and a nice dose of smoke. Not too strong, but not too weak either. I really enjoyed this old ale. 8/4/8/4/15/3.9
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Way too carbonated...maybe a bad bottle. Flavor of the beer was a bit unbalanced...harsh in the finish. Strong hops and sweet malt, but not the best balance.