rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Deep amber with small head. Why the fuck is this sold in a clear bottle? I guess they want it to be skunked. This could have been excellent. Rich caramel malt and full flavor. Can’t get past the enormous skunkiness.
Dacrza (484) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
DATE TASTED: February 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Victory Nonick... OCCASION: a beer much sought after... APPEARANCE: dark brown body that displays HUGE chunks of sediment--been sitting too long? thick, chunky off-white head offers formidable lacing... AROMA: brilliant buttery, big malt aroma with dampened caramel and candy sugars; somewhat earthy, grainy but difficult to lay a nostril to...PALATE: smooth, thin and mellow--the mouth is refreshed as much as it’s engaged; slightly warming as the glass drains...TASTE: sweet and malty; a brown ale’s subtlety with fleeting fervor--a bit of barleywine funk at the end; low to no hop impression... OVERALL: the initial shock of floating substance (something I had not dealt with since the "claw" incident in Heavy Seas’ Saison art the shore a decade ago) still makes this review tainted; I have little doubt this rates better than I afforded it, but to rate authentically, I cannot be betray the experience itself...I may have to find another distributor to ascertain the true quality of this beer...
fiveacestx (535) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to an English pint (did not have a thistle glass). Deep ruby red with a medium head and faint lacing. Has a taste of toffee and caramel. The body is medium heavy and a very smooth mouthfeel. Very good!
Koskela (270) - Marysville, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A chocolatly co2aroma come from this deep red clear brew with a off white head. A mediummbody of sweetness and co2 and an aftertaste of chocolate. Not a bad brew kinda what ive expected.
Msgzub (1) - - FEB 5, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed the malt mixture. The beer tasted semi-sweet and sort of creamy. It’s an enjoyable sipping kind of beer, sort of how you’d enjoy wine.
tillmac62 (167) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark amber pour with a deep dark ruby hue. Nice frothy head and lacing that lasts. Nose is of biscuit malt, a slight sweetness and a touch of dark malt. Also present is a touch of what strikes me as EKG hops. Heavy medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel against a slightly below normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with a dark malt sweetness that hints of raisins and plums, progresses to molasses and ends with a biscuit sweetness that floods the palate. The finish is very smooth and ends with a residual sweetness against a slight hop and alcohol tingle with just a hint of smoke. This is the standard against which other Scottish ales much be judged, and it is outstanding.
Erzengel (2327) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Vollmundig-malzig-süßer Antrunk. Der Hauptteil ist vollmundig und wird leicht säuerlich. Sehr angenehm.
Der Nachgeschmack ist malzig-wärmend, aber nicht scharf. Leicht herb, malzig-süß. Leicht dickflüssig.
Auch leichte Röstmalz-Espresso-Anklänge im letzten Teil des Nachgeschmacks spürbar.
--> 12+12+10+11 = 11,30
ABT_S54 (119) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle poured in a Trappist glass. Pouring a mahogany colour with a small amount of off-white head. Low carbonation. Quite a sweet taste with hints of toffee, fruit cake and malt. Quite a simple beer that is reminiscent of English barley wines.
erickok (3414) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A beer to be sipped? Strong for a British beer perhaps, but hardly strong for your average ale at 6.5%. Biscuit and cookie like malts, some dried grapes and a clean yeast. Medium sweet, medium bitter, especially for the style, but simple and metallic. Truly old fashioned but I’m afraid not in a good sense, as far as I am concerned. Not really a style I like, but this one is good within the style I suppose. (Pint bottle from Saveur Bière)
TheNucleator (21) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, roasted malt aroma. Nice and clear dark reddish brown pour with caramel head. Nice malty flavour is well balanced with hops and bitterness. Nice warmth and body with a good finish. Warm, malty tasty ale.