mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried a bottle of this while visiting Denver. 2012 vintage. Good nutty winter ale that has some complexity.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. 2007 vintage, so somewhere in the 5-6 year old range.
3.5 A: Deep brown borderline black color. Just a short frothy head formed and fell quickly. No lacing. In any case, I’m happy about the carbonation level at this point.
4.5 S: Seems that this has aged quite nicely. Still quite potent, but also with smooth, well integrated aromas. Big toastiness, dry caramel, light tobacco, and a pleasant spiciness. Dry overall, but balanced. Not a ton of complexity, but that tends to happen when a beer is aged so long. Despite this, it smells amazing.
4.5 T: Like the nose, it’s hard to find any problem in the taste. Lots of toastiness, caramel, and dry graininess. No hints of booze at all. Fairly dry, but again, balanced.
4.25 M: Medium body. A little undercarbonated compared to what I’d expect fresh, but easily enough for a beer this age. Goes down super easy, but a bit more body and creaminess would be nice.
4.5 D: This drinks like a session beer. So easy to drink. I’m furious that I don’t have another. Tons of flavor, great balance, and no problems.
Serving type: bottle
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted, caramelized malt flavors are inherently spiced by a rye-like character, while potent wooden hops contribute as much flavor as bitterness in this complex, compelling sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the cloudy mahogany.
-The spicy character seems to come from grain bill and hops. It even develops a marzipan-like personality at times.
-Fruit cake allusions also appear.
-The rich body is rounded out by alcohol warmth.
-The flavor profile is harmonious throughout.
-The finish is balanced.
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and nuts. Taste is malt, dark fruits, caramel, and molasses. Nice stuff.
trujahwarrior (478) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown color with a red hue and tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of caramel, toffee and hazelnut, roasted malt and hazelnut. Tastes of all the same things with molasses and chocolate added. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with good carbonation. Overall this was great tasting winter seasonal. Can’t wait to see what some ageing does to it.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour with beige head. Aroma is fruit and caramel. Flavors is fruit, caramel, but, and malt. Finish is clean and bitter.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is nutty malts, caramel and a hint of fruit/sweetness. The flavor is caramel, complex malts, a hint of vinous notes and a mildly tart/alcoholic finish.
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a dark red/brown color with a tan head. The aroma was heavy on the toffee with hints of molasses, caramel and some pine hops. The taste was of roasted nuts, caramel and some burnt sugar. Not bad.
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a stunning dark amber. Muddled nose thats not very fragrant. Flavor is pretty malt forward then after about half of the beer gone the hops spring forward and round out nicely. Very good.
mcmisko (350) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with tan bubbles, not much of a head. Smell is toasty. Taste toasty and slightly sweet, some hazelnut and toast. Super smooth, low carbonation, med bodied. Pleasant lasting after taste.