CanIHave4Beers (2866) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle shared at the RBSG 2010 grand tasting. Pours a deep black with a good head and good lace, the head eventually subsides. The aroam is figgy and spicy with some raisin and some roasty notes. The flavor is fruity as hell with some cherry and wood as well as apricot and mild spiciness.
deyholla (5844) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled the 2008 version at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a yellow brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had lots of roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of underlying sweet spice. Flavor was sweet with a bit of caramel then growing roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of chocolate and spice.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 12 oz. bottle via trade with ditmier - Pours a clear brown color with a faint light tan head that lasted no time at all. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is dark esters, spice, and sugary malt. Flavor is dark esters and almost cloying sweet malt. Very batch 9000 like. Alcohol is noticeable. Medium to full body. A nice sipping beer. Have to try a fresh one some day. Thanks Eric.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[í08 Bottle sampled at RBSG] Pours hazy brown with almost no head. Pumpkin, gingerbread, smoke, raisin and alcohol were the dominant aromas. The taste was similar, but quite sweet, with more alcohol and a charred character coming through. Good mouthfeel and a long finish. A very interesting beer, and certainly one that I hope to try in a non-tasting setting some time.
HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at RBSG Grand Tasting. I had pours from both a recent bottle and a bottle from 1999. I tell you this so you know how awesome I am. SPOILER ALERT: the recent bottle was better and what I will review hereafter. Though, it was cool to try an 11 year old bottle. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of spice, spruce, roasty chocolatey malts. Flavor of spruce, citrus, nuts and coriander. Pretty good, strong, interesting spice ale. Some apple, some chocolate, some roast. Pretty good, crazy beer. Iíll have to try to make it down to eccentric day next year.
Drake (7834) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2010 2008 vintage opened at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, caramel, toffee, apples and burnt sugar. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, faint fruity notes and faint herbal notes. Medium-full bodied. 8/3/8/4/15
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy brown-orange color with nearly no head. A few hints of a tan head around the edges. Toffeeish aroma with notes of spicy cinnamon notes, chocolate and a bt of dust. The taste is fairly sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, spices, vanilla and raisin. Smooth and creamy texture with soft carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer. 8/3/8/4/17
Butters (3658) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the richmond beer dig spring 2010. pours a hazy brown with a ring of tan head. Gin notes with a roasty porterish quality. Foresty piney burn from the alcohol. Interesting, but not something Iíd need to have again.
anders37 (15299) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vintage 2005. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty spicy and slightly hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty spicy flavor. Has a sweetish fruity malty spicy finish with some bitterness.
joeneugs (2777) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
08 bottle from beerbill. Thanks! What a weird beer. It pours dark brown, the color of molasses, with a thin tan/orange head. The aroma is slightly woody with chocolate, maple syrup, molasses and dark fruit. The flavor is pretty crazy with lots of prunes and lighter notes of dates and figs. Some notes of sherry as well. Also, honey, maple syrup and exotic spices start to emerge is it warms. Very interesting. There are ever so slight hints of chocolate and roasted malt toward the finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 Another MI gem from Derek, 12oz bottle, 2006 vintage, poured into a tulip. 7/3/7/4/14
The pour is a murky dark brown with a creamy beige head that lingers as a collar for a while and leaves some legs on the sides. Itís a bit disconcerting though as there a ton of floaties in the glass, almost chunks in fact.
The aroma is certainly interesting with the vegetables and spices (coriander and nutmeg maybe?) hitting my nose first. There is a light sweet spiciness from the honey and more than a hint of chocolate and lots of dark fruits.
The taste is even weirder, with a crazy spiciness hitting the tongue up front. Really tough to place the specific taste though. Definitely some spices, juniper maybe, other spices as well. The backbone is dark malts, honey and dark fruit and the finish brings back the odd spiciness.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky sweet but with the overpowering spiciness leaving a tingling on the palate.
This is one of the more interesting beers Iíve had in a long time. Lots of odd spiciness, honey, fruits and, of course, the weird inclusion of cooked vegetables. Not my favorite Bellís brew but glad I got to try it.
2009 bottle. 8/4/7/4/14
Thanks, of course, to Derek for this one.
Pours really really dark chocolate brown, not far from stout territory, with a thick beige head that sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some sticky legs on the sides.
The aroma is like a slightly spiced English barleywine or old ale. Itís got some thick syrup, caramel and toffee sweetness which is mixed with the interesting spiciness and dark fruits. Strong aroma on this one.
The taste is more of the same - really big and boozy. Itís got the sweet syrup and caramel malt backbone with a spiced fruit flavor as well as a healthy earthy hop bitterness. Itís slightly medicinal to be honest with a lot of heat in the finish.
The mouthfeel is bitter and sticky with syrup and hops on the palate.
This is one of those íkitchen sinkí beers where there is just a ton of different flavors and ingredients that donít exactly come together perfectly. That said, I enjoyed it, but itís a sipper to be sure.