jtclockwork (6911) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle thanks to MSante79. Pours cola brown. Nose of soy sauce, fig, plum and dates. Taste of wasabi ginger, fig, plum, dates and soy sauce. Nice mouthfeel. Unique and interesting.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2008). Chocolate rock candy malt, juniper, birch and light honey aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet chocolate malt and mildly bitter juniper dominate initially but finishes with a nice honey and light birch beer flavor. Light licorice aftertaste. Aged very well - as complex as the best imperial stouts and more enjoyable.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from alexdad in the mystery swap. Bottle is from batch 8877. Pours a rich brown with a medium sized creamy mocha head that. Light hints of smoke, maple, toast and toffee, root beer. Medium bodied and super sweet. Tons of syrup, sweet fruit, root beer, dark roasty flavors. A big pile of flavors going on here. Really interesting. Finishes with more sweet toast and dark fruit, root beer, roast, and a big warming alcohol note that hits quickly but then vanishes into subtle chocolate and vanilla.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of tbd975. The 2005 vintage brew poured deep clear amber with tan head. The aroma is sweetness with a mild level of ripe cherries then a descent load of caramel, some mint leaves, earthiness, herbal, a bit of pine, berries, ginger and rosemary. Wow. The aromatics are all smooth and blended creating an inviting-enticing nose. The taste starts sweet turning caramel candy and seems to turn berry-cherry sweet. Some of the herbal spice notes noticed in the nose are there too but more subdued. I get pine mixing with ginger, mint and a hint of rosemary. The taste is as smooth and blended and delicious as the nose led onto. Very nice.
motelpogo (6111) - 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
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dirty brown, totally opaque and wearing a light off-white ring. Aroma is weird and powerful. Biscuity basil, very earthy thailand spices mixture, grassy cherries, cinnamon, rhubarb.... Rather complex and quite well blended in the funky spicy beer category. Sucre d’orge and caramelic malts are also of the fest. Spicy palate, but never agressive, coffee, molasses and caramelic sweet malt profile are easily countered by the hard to believe grassy spices (ginger, basil, cinnamon). It remains very sweet overall, with candyish vinous peaks, but expertly hidden alcohol. Low carbonation, medium to full bodied. As experimental as expected and worth a try or 2, but not a particularly spectacular beer. Thanks to raindog once again.
DuffMan (6077) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of b3shine-- thanks! Hearty dark brown pour with a low dense creamy tan cap. Aroma is full of burnt sugar sweetness with hints of spices. Rich with sweet malts, with flavours of birch syrup, molasses, raisins, dried figs. Sweet but not cloying, complexity becomes more apparent as time passes. Intriguing and richly malty-- loved it.
Ernest (6012) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is murky medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (molasses), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of alcohol, sherry, oregano/sage, and lemon peel. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic. Spicy, but dull in overall effect. Did nothing for me, but then again I'm not as big a fan of Bells as most.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottles, thanks to mibirder and SS, dark ruby brown with slight tan foam, aromas of cherry, caramel and some green spice, flavors of honey, caramel, basil, mint, nice lasting finish
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a somewhat viscous dark caramel color. Opacity is very much akin to a good stout, very non-transparent. Virtually no head and very little lacing. Guessing this has aged a bit. Smells of malt, molasses, nuts, and some oak aged bourbon. Sorta like a quasi Barleywine crossed with a Strong Ale. Very inviting! Sweet molasses & vanilla up front, as well as some maltiness. Woody (Oak) and Bourbon greet you in the middle, then fade with a sweet hop bite along with some citrusy & nutmeg spices. Sweet from start to finish, very nice. Smooth mouthfeel, great flavors. Hard to believe this is 11%. I'd definately have this again. Thanks goes out to raindog for the trade!