trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the brewery. 2008 vintage. Dark brown, no head. Smells like port, prunes, spices. The taste is very sweet. Think dessert wine. The alcohol is non existent. This would be a good after dinner sipper.
mcberko (8443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours near-black with an amber tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is fairly exotically spiced, with mystery spices, some caramel malt and lots of syrup, maybe a bit of molasses too. Flavour is deep and rich, with loads of the various syrup coming through, and lots of the spices coming through which are surprisingly really well incorporated. Finishes lightly spicy and maple syrupy, cloys quite a bit. I’m usually not at all a fan of spiced beers, but this works fairly well as a spicy, big heavy black beer of some kind. Quite enjoyable.
thirdeye11 (5716) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) cloudy brown, tan bubbles. Nose is rich, light metallic, caramel, honey, raisins. Taste of yams, caramel, rich and sweet, brown sugar, may e too sweet but I like the diabetes effect.
Huhzubendah (2807) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 2008 / released 2009
Bottle graciously gifted by afdempse right after it was released. I pulled this out of the cellar to share with Mike and Mike the other day.
The beer is dark brown with amber highlights. The head is thin, leaving only sparse lacing.
The nose offers heavy spices, most notably juniper berries, as well as both a heavy hop and malt presence.
The flavor brings floral, pine, resin, earth, juniper berries, sweet alcohol, malt, and various other spices. Wow, this is a complex brew.
The body is light to medium, with moderately low carbonation.
Overall, a fun and interesting brew. It’s certainly worth a try. Ideal to split a few ways, as a few ounces was plenty.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-30-2011
fiveacestx (712) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received in trade from rayl101 (thanks Kev). Pours dark (almost solid black) and had a light brown head that settled with a tan color to it. Had a smoke taste it with a malty body. Finishes with a creamy mouthfeel and the 11% ABV definitely stands out.
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to mwsf for bringing this one to pilsen. 2006 bottle, sampled in 2009. poured a murky brown with a purple tinge and a persistent beige head; a weird aroma of prunes, malted milk and buittered popcorn; strangely reminded me of tinned fruit with plenty of molasses and burnt bitterness reminiscent of the expedition stout. bizarro, a real experience to drink a bottle of this
Strykzone (5342) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Medium brown. A spiced nose. That is also tasted. A wild spice ride in the flavor. Not a favorite but fun to try.
ryanfolty (2009) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: March 21, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: footbalm Description: Opaque dark brown pour with almost no head. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla, berry, fruit, maple, and spice. Taste was sweet sticky maple start, then sour berry, then dark fruit with some spices and an alcohol finish. Medium bodied, smooth with a hint of carbonation. 2008 bottle, number 8877. Thanks Eric!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to a trade via BA. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was vanilla, earth, spice, fudge, and maple. flavor was spice, fudge, cinnamon, and alcohol. body was medium-heavy with medium carbonation.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
draft at Bell’s Eccentic Cafe Dec. 2010. Slight soy, lots of alcohol, long roasted malts, thin to no head, flavor & aroma of raisin and dried dates.