Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Rating #47. Extremely murky and dense dark brown with a light beige head. Light fruity aroma and a little sweetness. Toasty flavor, caramelly and a bit of a light roasts bitter finish. Pretty decent. (1936)
HonkeyBra (2858) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Of course this shit fucking gushed when I opened it. A chocolate, raisin aroma, kind of like a dubbel. Aroma is insanely sweet and then dirty. Kind of a nutty, brown sugar taste. Pretty weird. Im trying really hard to choke this down.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The only ABC beer I've had with suspended yeast and some sedimentary heftiness. Ultimately a bit too sweet for style, I think, in all aromatic and flavor aspects. Should be more deeply musty, leathery and with a bit thinner palate, and smokier. Quite fruity - the menu description say "chocolate covered cherries" and indeed they've accomplished some of that - English strong-ish, but not complex or sharp.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. First observation is that this is one of those incredible pain in the ass beers that just won’t fit in a glass. First pour results in a half an inch of liquid at the very bottom of the glass, the rest is fluffy beige foam. Five minutes later and I have forced most of the beer into the glass, but I’m a little sick of the whole experience at this point. The final product is a glass with half foam, half liquid... a nice brownish red hue and nice highlighting. Aromas are unimpressive... a kind of apple and pear juice mixed together with a touch of caramel and soap. Flavor is much better than the rough start we got off to. It has a pretty nice peat flavor to it, which compliments the fruity sweetness well and helps bridge it to the alcoholic warmth. It still has a bit of a soapy feel to it, though, and in the aftertaste I pick it up from time to time. This is a pretty hot (alcohol) beer with a smooth and slightly viscous feel on the palate.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
reddish brown pour. aroma of caramel, raison and dark fruit. flavor is mostly raison and prune. finishes with toasted malts and alcohol burn
msante79 (2187) - 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.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the pub: Black pour with an off white head. Aroma, caramel, molassas, some fruits. Flavor, caramel, yeast, some vanilla, a light fruitiness.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitcher at ABC tasting. Sweet malt aroma and flavor with a little hop bitterness at the end. Easy drink just lacks in categories.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with a small white head. Sweet carmal and tobacco aroma. The flavor exhibits more tobacco and lots of earthiness. Light floral hops. Medium dry body. Earthy and interesting.
superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a small fairly dense khaki head with decent retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A small amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big molasses, dark fruits, caramel, spices, and alcohol. Initially it smelled pretty good, but as it warmed up the alcohol gave off a chemical vibe. Taste of big caramel, toasted malt, molasses, chocolate, spices, and some dark fruits. Slight amount of bitterness on the finish, with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, spice, and light dark fruit notes. A small amount of alcohol taste near the finish with a decent warming afterward. This actually has some nice balance of flavor, and is not cloyingly sweet at all. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel that drinks pretty easily. Overall a nice beer, the aromas were a bit off putting though.