Kinz (2968) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fears of infection in this one were unfounded, fortunately. Pours a dark to medium brown, nice creamy lasting head. Aroma is bread, sort of like an unspiced dark rye. Flavor is a match, medium bodied, bread, with a hint of fig running underneath. Yeast notes Belgian, but not at all overwhelming. Perhaps not special, but enjoyable.
brigg (461) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Brown and ruby body with a bid beige head. Light lace on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, candy sugar, raisin, apple, dark fruit. Light body, thin. Sweet and peppery with some good hoppiness to it.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark fruity esters, nutty and toast malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light sour notes, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
sonnycheeba (1904) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a hint of ruby and thick, creamy beige head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is figs, oak, earthy hops, spice, roast malt and light caramel. Flavor is roast malt forward with supporting dark fruit esters and earthy hops; some spice throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with a whitish head. Malty and yeasty nose with light spice. Flavor is pretty light on the spice. A touch of honey flavors. Mild flavors.
jcweaver (697) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large, beige head. Yeast and dark fruit aromas. Strange grain/straw flavor with some yeasty and dried fruit notes. More dried fruit and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Fairly bland and a little off to me.
Drake (6491) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market. Pours a hazy dark red-orange color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spice, cherries and stone fruits. The taste is herbal and nutty notes, plums, raisins and a spicy finish. Medium bodied with the faintest bit of heat. Decent.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle: pours a clear deep mahogany with a stringy lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with a touch of clove and doughy yeast. Starts with pretty good fullness and mild sweetness with a touch of cocoa and licorice before a drier, more bitter peppery finish. Could use some more sweetness to hide the alcohol a little better.
obguthr (3225) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown sugar, raisin, date nose. Clear brown, thick tan head. Chocolate, raisin, and malt flavor. Alcohol evident. Rather boring.
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Very dark brown pour with ruby edges and a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is yeast, toasted malt, grains, dark fruit notes and earthy notes. Taste is toasted malt, grains, straw, yeast notes, earthy hops, dark fruit and cocoa. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly, lively carbonation. Ends with more toasted malt notes, dark bread, grains, dark fruit notes, cocoa, and dusty yeast.