KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark amber in pour with very little head. Some vinegar on the nose and roasted nuts. Kind of sharp sour flavor with some dried fig and an earthy finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of tjthresh. Thanks, Tom! Pours a clear, very dark cola color; fluffy, light tan head with great retention and lacing that coats the glass; a beautiful pour. Candy sugar and cola and toasted malts in the aroma; mildly sticky maltiness. Medium mouthfeel: solid malt core (maple syrup, dried red fruits: made me think "scotch ale") without much stickiness; very drinkable and well-composed autumn beer; light mineral hop bitterness on the perimeter. Some darker fruits and toasted malts appear in the finish. Unexpectedly good.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear very dark red, wispy beige head, streaks of lace,
sweet dark caramel aroma with a nice fruity character balanced by light earthy hops,
rich sweet fruity flavor, nice dark caramel character, light bitterness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
VAYankee (336) - Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown body with thin light brown head. Lightly sweet malt, faint nut aroma. Very thin on the palate. Flavor is some dry, roasted malt, a little bitterness, a little bready. Undistinguished mild nutty/malty aftertaste.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice color but thin head. Aroma is a little malty and weird. The flavor lets you know that it’s not an amber, my first thought. The oldish taste is there with some alcohol too, but pretty good.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the brewery during GABF. Very dark brown and opaque with a nice off white head. Heavy malty flavor with a syrupy hint of vanilla. Something in the finish just turns me off. Malty aroma with some kind of syrupy malt hint that, again, doesn’t do it for me. Creamy coating mouth feel.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Don’t have notes on the nose, but the flavor is weak nuts, darker fruits and winterish spices. Very slick and water however, which is in contrast to how it looks and seems like it should taste.
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a dark brown, darker than i thought it was going to be, very porter like with coffee and chocolate tastes. if it wasn’t for the unpleasant finish it would rate higher
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I get a hodgepodge of flat, caramel-like syrupy flavors. Very heavy on the palate, and not in a good way. Also has an odd metallic tinge to it. I was very disappointed in this beer, not a fan.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells nutty and spicy with some dark fruit. Tastes of caramel and molasses.