JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another gift from the bartender at Barcade… I love this place. Dark amber beer with a thick off-white head. Aroma is a bit salty and herbal with intense oaky character throughout. Herbal dill-like character that reminds me of the barrel-aged Leviathan. Flavour shows saltiness and sweet caramelly malt. Strong alcoholic flavour and a bit of tartness on the back. A bit of vanilla and caramel along with some herbal hoppiness. Strong and sweet but not terribly malty. Not really a fan.
deyholla (8908) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a clear amber brown with a deep gray head that dissipates to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma has notes of caramel and sweet grain with a hint of backing toffee. Flavor begins with a hint of bread and grains and finishes with sweet grains, a bit of hops and toffee.
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2010. Pours deep reddish brown with very creamy tan head, aroma is full of raisin, toffee, figs, some spice, touch of cocoa, very complex and layered. Taste is just as delicious with notes of bitter aged hops, some toffee, dark fruit and spice notes intermingle and lead into slight chocolate, finished with lots of deep toffee, molasses, and bitter.
3fourths (8811) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 2003 - Dark red with a thick coated head. Smells is a very fresh and robust cherry and wood and alcohol. Creamy and thick with a milk-like texture and some nice dark cherry and charred wood flavors. Really an excellent winter beer with some bourbon flavors coming through towards the end.
JorisPPattyn (8800) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark chestnut with red shine. Slight, light-brown head. Nose of grapes, raisins, vineous and hops. With warming up, there follows a smell of kaffirlime (peel, as in Thai cuisine). Taste are grapes, tobacco, some bitter chocolate,and lots of hops, but well balanced with dark malts. Very chewy mouthfeel. Retronasal gives nice tobacco-and-hops, long, but after a quite long time, a new impression of sweet chocolate emerges. What impresses me most in this beer is its very succeeded balance.
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to npdemse for this. Pours a wonderful deep shade of ruby with a big, light tan head. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, slight port, toffee. Great complex taste that presented some nuts, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon with a semi-dry finish. Firm palate with a nice balance. This one is a winner.
MartinT (8736) - 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.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear mahogany pour with a fluffy off white head. Aroma and taste of nuts, caramel, and dark fruit. Slightly hoppy. Good.
Camons (8432) - 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
olio (8206) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle @ hotel room, Los Angeles.
Pours dark mahogany color with a small head. Woody and toffee-dominant aroma and resin. Flavor irs sweet with toffee and caramel, ripe fruits and mild spice notes. A bit sweet.