Nephilium (1554) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 I didnít detect much of an aroma upon pouring this beer. The beer itself is a dark red, with a nice head and good lacing. Can detect the alcohol slightly in the finish, but it balances nicely with the malt flavors. This is one that I have cellered some, and will re-rate when I open them up. (Re-rate) There is now a slightly sweet aroma to the beer. Coloration and carbonation appear to be about the same. The beer has seemed to gain more of a roasted flavor. Not bad at all.
tiong (5225) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, syrup and sugary sweetness. Taste is sweet, malty and syrupy with some toffee. Finish is sweet, heavy and warming with loads of syrup, toffee and caramel. Too sweet and messy.
lusikka (7595) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Enjoyed at Los Angeles, CA. Pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuttiness and wood. Flavour of sweet maltiness, syrup, bread, mild spiciness and mild graininess. Full bodied. Alcohol warms. Sweet and spicy. No complexity.
olio (8061) - 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.
laiti (7703) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5 cl bottle @ hotel room, Los Angeles. Aroma ihas sweet malt, nuts and toffee. Flavour has nuts, sweet malt, licorice, toffee and some hoppiness. Also sugary sweetness. Too sweet but somewhat drinkable anyway.
DCLawyer (1941) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from Churchkey Avery Cellar event. 2014 draft and 2004 bottle. Dark amber with small white head. Caramel malt, sweet candy, bread, hint of cocoa. 10 years on is much more subdued and mild, with the taste too mellowed for me. Prefer the new, and quite like it at that.
TorbenJensen (1289) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely beautiful color. Thin foam layer which leaves small islands of foam after a short time. The aroma is incredibly delicate black currant, lots of other soft fruits and some smoke and a little mocha.
The taste is almost as heavy as the aroma might indicate, but it has a nice sweetness of berries, distinct mocha and slightly nutty flavor that together with smoked malt gives the unique fullness and very different composition than expected. Hard Roasted malt is the back of the taste spectrum. It has clearly port tones.
DialSquare (3582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Luckyís in Clintonville. Shocked I hadnít rated this. Burnt brown orange pour. Aroma of muted sweet malt, grassy. Tastes are creamy sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar - which is usually all bad news for me - but this is well balanced and not overly sweet. Cola vibe. Easy drinking and covers the alcohol well. Good brew.
rdixon77 (1607) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Pretty mahogany color. Big malty, nutty flavor. Not much spice at all. A lefty sweetness with a bitter finish. All around nice unspiced winter offering.
tsd08460 (314) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: alcohol, roasty, bread,
Appearance: black, clear, minimal head,
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
demannu (230) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. A simple malty winter warmer with a smooth mouth feel. Nothing really special. Actually the difference maker for me is actually what isnít there. I appreciated the absence of the typical winter warmer spices. Drinkable but doesnít leave a lasting impression, good or bad.