Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by Butters at the 16th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 11/5/11. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a large offwhite head. Good head retention. Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, lots of spice. The taste is molasses, brown sugar, bread, spice and a faint hop finish. Medium-full bodied.
daknole (10201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour, yellowish/tan head. Aroma of dark toffee, almonds, dark brown sugar and fruitcake. Flavor hits with a bready sweetness, some roasted nuts and finishes with a bitter kick.
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ home. I was very excited to pick this up and then it sat around my apartment for a few months without reason. Here goes... Hazy, reddish brown appearance with a big, fluffy, light brown head. Slight vegetal, caramel, chocolate, coriander, pepper aroma. Somewhat spicy, cinnamon, caramel, candy sugar, chocolate, toffee sweet flavor again with this weird celery, vegetal off taste. Good carbonation. I can’t get past the weird celery flavor- maybe it’s the star anise?
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Aromas of toasted caramel, some spices, and a trace of dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, spices, dark fruits, and dried banana chips. Lively and somewhat over carbonated body.
Sammy (9437) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown and orange body with a big head. Cinnamon, herbal, and yeasty. Hits the style. Pleasant as not too sweet, making for drinkability. Medium plus mouthfeel, smooth.Stephen’s bottle.
Dogbrick (9320) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
v\Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: This beer has a reddish-brown appearance and a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of ripe fruits, malt and yeast. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, yeast, candied fruit and spices. The finish is fruity and malty with a spicy yeast aftertaste. Above average all around.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
750mL c&c thanks to beerandblues2. The pour is a hazy, deep brune with a billowing yellow head. Poofy. Great retention and awesome lace. Nose is celery, black pepper, tomato soup. Taste is black pepper and tomato soup. Moves to medicinal cloves and cinnamon. Gets rid of vegetal qualities for the most part as it warms. Still a lot of cracked black pepper. Palate is richer and spicy.
mcberko (9174) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours a chestnut amber brown with a big beige head. Aroma of toasted chestnuts, spices, herbal notes, and some subtle dark fruits. Flavour of herbs, various spices, some slight fruity sweetness and toasted nuts. Odd funk to this one, not exactly reminiscent of a dubbel. Semi-complex, but odd spices / herbs in here. Decent.
crossovert (9061) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hoppier than the norm. Slightly thin. It just doesn’t come together for me.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Jay for the pour! Pour is orange red with white head, aroma has notes of big cinnamon, anise, big caramel and nutty notes, touch of pepper, clove notes. Taste is cinnamon, slight anise, hints of caramel, toffee and nuts, earth, some slight metallic notes, finishing fairly cinnamon forward. Interesting, but so much cinnamon.