vtafro (5088) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with with tan head. Full sweet and light spice malty aromas. Sweet malty tones, but of boozy finish.
Dogbrick (9824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at M’kReam’s 40th Birthday Party on 08/01/2015. Pours a reddish amber color with a medium light beige head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, nutmeg and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet brandy, malt figs and spices. The finish is sweet and mildly boozy with a spiced figgy aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours lightly hazed and brown with copper highlights and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is moderately roasty and lightly chocolaty with leathery tannins and skins. Full-bodied and super silky with gentle carbonation. The flavor is roasty, toasty and just plain nice. I’m not picking up figs specifically, but dark fruits? Yes… and very nice caramel and vinous elements. Finishes roasty and caramelized with light bitterness. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
djd07 (6489) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, figs. Medium mouth, nice dark fruit, caramel malt, nutmeg, very sweet, very good.
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/28/15] Bottle sample at De Garde Brewing in Tillamook. Release and bottle share event. Hazy amber-brown, beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt and spiciness. Sweet-sourish flavor with dark fruits, wood and caramel. Rounded mouthfeel.
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Tasting, Seattle. Deep rosy brown. Tan foamy head. Sweet raisiny malt. Sweet fruit cake. Hazy, tasty. Lovely warmer.
douglas88 (7446) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at De Garde. Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium white head. A big sour spicy nose. The flavor is a bit odd, sour fruit, spicy core with cinnamon, sour cherry. The overall mix of spicy and sour is interesting with a fruity core. Good. Just odd.
50belair (3031) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Brown pour with a kaki head. Sour aromas. Sour with loads of caramel malts and big woody notes. Fig lowlights. Good body and mouthfeel. Interesting.
Salmoniform (1237) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head. Aroma is toffee, molasses, caramel, cherries, slight acid. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a tart following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this is a nice brew.
ineedbeer (1313) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml 2014 bottle.
Aroma has nice, light malt notes of toffee, chocolate and toasted bread with light roast notes. Moderate dark fruit notes with lots of figs with lighter raisin, cherry and berry notes. Light to medium light brandy notes.
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a large, thick, light mocha head that slowly recedes to a thin film that is thicker on the edges. Faint lacing and long legs.
Flavor is slightly sweet with light toasted bread and medium toffee and dark caramel. Faint chocolate and roast. Moderate fruit notes with lots of fig and lighter raisin, prune and cherry. Finishes with a sweet brandy note. Medium light alcohol in the finish and medium bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice beer that has an interesting sweetness without being cloying and thick. Lots of fruit and brandy notes with a nice malt backbone.