vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with a deep red hue and large tan head. The aroma is quite malty with caramel, toffee, doughiness, berries, hints of sourness and an overall richness. Medium / thick body that’s very smooth and has a low amount of flowing semi-soft gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with a more pronounced berry-esque sourness, but it is still malt forward with dark doughiness, dates, figs and a sourness than works for it. The finish is spicy, fruity, sour and malty - very well done unique beer.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Happy Gnome MN, 21Aug2012, Brownish head from the tulip, taste is some funk but mostly dominated by a toffee finish with slight hints of wood and very faint sourness.. not bad weird name.
BVery (7884) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Very dark pour with a nice frothy head. Aroma is bready malts with some tart/sour elements. Moderate palate. Taste has subtle complexity - roasted malt, wood, tart fruit. Nice.
unclemike (2527) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a lasting beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, burnt sugar, bread, and spice. Taste is cocoa, caramel, wood, raisins, and spice. Has a definite tartness to it. Very good.
crossovert (9089) - Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really isn’t reminiscent of a traditional British ale. The carbonation is too lively and the favor is a bit sweeter than I would expect. It isn’t a bad beer though. It does have a bit of banana bread flavor along with some tartness and fruitiness.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber color. 4 inch head. Initially it smells like strong alcohol. It needs to breath a bit. Resting gives way to a damp dirt, musty aroma. The flavor is dark fruit, alcohol and brown sugar. The finish spikes with some alcohol and tapers into a balance between the carmel malt and the bittering hops. All those foods they talked about in the description... well, no. You can let your imagination run wild. As the beer wears on, it the malt does taste more burnt and some toffee notes develop. This is a jeckel and hyde beer, drink it cold or warm. Your better off letting this get to at least 55 degrees if you are to appreciate it in any sense.
maekchu (2667) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Republic. Big sweet, vinous nose, dark fruit, sugar, and alcohol nose (some brett?). Dark brown. Great fruitiness: raisin, prune, berries, and a bit of sourness. Medium body , smooth, and just a touch metallic. Complex, well-rounded, very good.
thomas15 (689) - USA - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Distinct chocolate and dark fruit mixture for aroma. Black brown is fluffy head that is dark beige. Back to aroma, peculiarly astringent. Roast is there. Taste, oak mets tarted roasted malts with chocolate and a fruity consequence that flashes. Is fig nuttiness crossed up with some cherry? Very different beer from any of had previous, confusing, fun, with some brooding flavors that give way to depth. Think roasty tarted porter with oak influence.
HonkeyBra (3707) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Dark deep mahogony pour with a thick tan head that clings to the glass. Aroma is quite complex and of chocolate, oak, dark fruits and dark breads. Some tobacco and interesting spicy malt notes. Flavor of bright red and dark fruits, mild tart fruits. I also get lots of notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Quite complex, and quite english. I do get some toasted malt, some roastiness. This is certainly interesting. One of the better english style strong ales taken on by an American brewer. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes on a wood, pepper, and fruity note. Nice beer.
3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle-conditioned 750ml. dark brown body with a fine-bubbled tan head and lasting retention. strong metal / paint note in the nose resembles old pennies, peat and pipe tobacco. minerallic and acidic chestnuts and soured, overripe black cherries with tobacco and paint throughout. medium body, mostly sweet, low bitterness, medium-high and noticeable alcohol. headache-inducing dirty fusels abound. total drainpour.