ineedbeer (1563) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012/2013 seasonal. Found this bottle hiding in the cellar.
Aroma is rich and full of toasted bread with a light roast note. Light caramel and toffee. Light dark fruit character of fig and plum.
Pours a dark brown with some light ruby highlights and a thin tan head that recedes quickly leaving just a thin film in the center and along the edges.
Flavor is similar to aroma. Slightly sweet with a lot of toasted bread. Light caramel, toffee and roast. Some fruit notes of figs and plums with a hint of cherry and prune. Light bitterness with some lingering fig and prune notes along with some caramel, toffee and roast.
Mouthfeel is medium light to light with medium low carbonation that helps the mouthfeel feel bigger. Low astringency with low alcohol warmth.
Overall a full flavored beer considering how small it is. Lots of nice complex malt character with some complimentary dark fruit notes. I would have preferred a slightly lighter beer with a hint of smokiness, but overall very nice.
NikkTwist (2401) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Very dark red pour. Slight foamy head. Unusual sour smoke notes. Works surprisingly well. Good blend of burnt dark notes and weird vegetative matter. Artichokes and blood oranges. Skoal!
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with low head. Aroma is sweet toasted fruits, taste is similar, very nice and smooth
gruberm (329) - - AUG 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smokey and thick tasting. Palate is a chocolatey caramel. Der der der der der
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JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks, RO! Very vibrant garnet pour, defiantly carbonated. Settles in quickly, and the nose is super sweet, although with just enough bright fruits to make it less than fully treacly. Mouthfeel a bit smooth and sticky in places, but is mostly quite fluffy and luxuriant. Impressively complex flavors for such low abv, with sweet toffee, bright citrus, and some toasted malts melding well. Not a style I crave too often, but this one was well done.
pablo951 (575) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had it at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival 6/22/13 . Poured a dark cloudy brown color with a light white head and a sweet hop aroma.
o_Merlin_o (200) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark and rich leathery brown. Creamy head. Aromas of coffee and hazelnut. Slightly aqueous with flavors of hazelnut and coffee as well. Well rounded beer.
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Iphonephan (5541) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared in Jackson Hole, WY. Pours a murky dark brown amber with an ecru head. Aroma of roasted nuts. Hints of coffee in the flavor. Might tasty.
ChiGuy68 (501) - Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival. It was cloudy brown with a tan head. Faint malt aroma and bold malt taste.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured very deep brown with a sticky khaki head.. looked great in the glass (darker than expected, but that’s OK). The aroma picked up toasted biscuit and chocolatey malts with touches of smoked pet accenting.. really nice. The flavor found burnt licorice, baker’s chocolate, and smoked malts, with tanginess from the yeast and smoke extending outward.. sharp, bitter, and tacky on the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly filling for the style.. I loved it for the first 3/4 of the drink, but it dropped off at the end.