BrettTaylor (669) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with 1 finger just off-white head that’s very resilient. Aromas - chocolate, malt, little caramel and a subtle spice. Taste - malty, chocolate, a little caramel, some spice. Really nice.
Beachmaster (269) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a rich red/brown, with a medium light brown head. Nose is malt and caramel, and the taste is the same, with notes of hazelnut. No spice, which is nice for a change. Finish is smooth. Nice.
Shot (309) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Malty sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, with coffee, toffee and ripe stone fruit in the finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a big malty ale. Very, very nice.
jflopsu (883) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red-brown. A dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Strong dark fruit (prune), malt, and caramel taste. A medium body with a lingering malt taste.
keith0718 (430) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong and sweet. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Flavor is hard to describe. It’s drinkable, but I won’t be seeking it out again.
SteveWantsABeer (2) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Caramel and sweet, sort of a ’barleywine light’. Gorgeous pour. Superb able for this time of year.
TheCaptMatey (191) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark red to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is quite malty with dark fruits and caramel/ coffee notes. Flavor is a sweet malt mixture of nuts and dark fruits with a bit of hop bitterness. Not much of coffee in flavor, but enjoyable none the less.
jsmanigold (106) - Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Dark red mahogany color leaves lacing around the glass. Has a sweet Malty/doughy boozy taste, dry with a slight sweetness. Flavor lingers on the tongue well after each sip. This ale is not half bad.
musinj6 (477) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
very dark buy with white head leaving moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet fruit, raisin, malty. hint of booze. Taste is moderately sweet hint of bitter. Medium bitter finish..malty. I’m not sure what I don’t like about this, but I just don’t dig it.
kaser (4569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the 2004 vintage. Red bright pour with black floating sentiment. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting. Carmel biscuit and sweet aroma. Taste is crazy sweet with honey and prune notes. Wow