htnicholas (49) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 12oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown with a thin white head. Smells of Carmel, toffee, and maple. Taste is somewhat confused. It has a moderate hop-like bitterness that is a little off and which is retained from the start to the finish and lingers Dow a while thereafter. It tastes a little like cloves and the original formula Listerine, not not I a good way. The alcohol heat is very apparent and doesn't add to the experience. Not a very good example of the style.
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nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ehhhhhh it's okay, probably not going to get again. It's a little plain, not a very crisp flavor. Good color though.
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gregwilsonstl (1092) - Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, tastes like molasses and brown sugar. Thin head. Hot from the alcohol. Toffee.
Camons (5971) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ DØE tasting. Pours hazy dark amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, oak, oxidation, little winelike. Flavor is malt, oak, oxidation, coconuts, chocolate, fruits. Medium body, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol. 170713
Valgreen (659) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ døe øl smagning, 17 / 7 2013. Dark brown, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, sweet malty, dark fruits, toffee, bread, hay. Taste, malty, toffee, bread, slight alcohol, . Leaves sweet dry toffee aftertaste.
Rasmus40 (11217) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 170713
TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish-brown with soft white head. Aroma of stone fruit, sweet malt and boozy alcohol. Taste fruity sweet but dry leaving your tongue with a light oak bitterness. Overall a complex beer that is good to sip and marvel all of the great flavors.
mnmike (1032) - 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 (7811) - 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.