Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap.
S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola.
T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons.
O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn’t a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat.
Serving type: bottle
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ugly dark amber with sediment. Toffee and candy notes. Tastes like a barley wine.
-- rated with beerbasher
Mittenator (1500) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Garnet with tons of white floaties. Caramel and wet wood aromas. Sweet, candi and berries.
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, plum, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/spicy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and herbal/spicy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of Christmas pudding and cereal, some dark fruit, brown sugar, taste is pretty similar, nice but like Anchor’s Our Special Ale, can only have one or two at a sitting, not made to be a session ale.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Cola looking pour, yeast Pleasant malt driven aromas and flavors. Dark fruit, raisin, cola, roasted nuts, coffee, clove and spices. Mouthfeel is lighter then I expected.. Watery, medium body.. with soft, creamy carbonation. Nice lingering finish of the above mentioned flavors. Very Belgian Dubbel-esque. A good go-to value winter beer.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Beveridge Place in West Seattle. Darkest ruddy brown, good foam. Alc soaked grapes and raisins. Smooth, soft. Alc is well hidden. nice
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I keep this beer stocked all winter. It exhibits tons of wonderful dark roasty flavors with some sweetness and alcohol. Great winter warmer.
scooterbub (889) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with quite a bit of floating sediment and a thin light brown head that lasts. Taste is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, smoke, wood, fruit and some hops. Has a similar aroma. Has a nice chewy body with a moderately bitter and dry finish. Though there are a lot of flavors, each one is pronounced and feels as it should be there. An excellent brew.
BMMillsy (1628) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
First in the style. Pours murky brownish purple with a half finger of creamy off white head. Aroma is chocolate, figs, molasses, sweet malt, prunes. Flavor is big dark fruit notes with plums and figs, molasses, just a hint of chocolate, some brown sugar, black cherry. Mouthfeel is medium heavy with medium carbonation and light bitterness on the finish. Overall a nice malt bomb that would be warming on a cold winter day. Good stuff.