stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great winter warmer. It’s heavily malted and hopped to get you through the winter. Great malty taste. American strong ale flavored intermingled with holiday flavors. I haven’t cellared any of these be cuz they all get drunk before I can get to the cellar.
BeerViking (3379) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery on the 2015 launch day, wearing my ugliest sweater... Deep dark brown with a thin lacing head, aromas of toffee and apple (not quite toffee-apple though!). Dry-sweet and lightly toasty. Demerara and hints of umami and cola.
tiong (5234) - 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 (7605) - 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 (8089) - 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 (7708) - 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 (1952) - 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 (1334) - 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 Lucky’s in Clintonville. Shocked I hadn’t 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 (1617) - 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 (323) - 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,