adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of markwise. Cheers Mark! Dark brown appearance with a medium to large sized, brown head. Deep toasty, slightly nutty, creamy, a touch burnt, rich malty nose. Rich caramel, toasty malty, toffee, earthy hoppy, rich flavor with a pretty strong finish. Not a bad beer but not as good as many beers that I’ve had by these guys.
wavers1 (913) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of dimenhetfield, thanks! pours a very nice color with good trasition depending on the backlight. a lot of alcohol present in the aroma and taste, but theres some nice things going on underneath. almost like a slightly hoppy barleywine really. a little age might do this one well to smooth it out a bit, maybe 6 months to a year i would think. pretty interesting. has a nice mouthfeel i thought, except for the syrupy finish and lingering oily mouthfeel.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) red amber with light tan head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel malt. Flavor is caramel malt with a bit of pine hops in the finish.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle courtesy of Markwise!). Pours a clear deep red amber with chunky 2-finger tan head. Small, but active, carbonation bubbles. Aroma is hard candy, caramel, dark fruits. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy, slick texture. Finish is bitter, but still smooth and enjoyable. I’m not much of an amber/red fan, but this was pretty good. Easy drinking, considering the abv on it.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
aroma is burnt caramel, nutty, quite sweet, near brown sugar, tannic raisins, booze present. appearance is caramel epitomized, deepened amber, ruby center, filmy head, strings of lace, fading quick, active carb. flavor is semblance of balance initially, sweet, heavy maltiness, crunchy usually but at times mucky caramel with hints of pine folded in. cherry deep frutiness creeps in at times. warming brandy notes but in the end overwhelmingly sweet by approx. 300ml. by 500, bordering on undrinkable malt bomb. mouthfeel is oily, sticky, lingers.
SHIG (3923) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to my wife: poured a deep brown almost black with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit and loads of malt. Taste is harsh of hops and way over sweet malt. Almost undrinkable to a person that doesn’t mind sweet beers.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Clear copper pour with a medium beige head. Caramel malt nose with toffee and orange peel notes. Malty flavor consisting of caramel, toffee and chocolate with some boozy character before an orangy hop finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hopscotch. Thanks man! Pours a dark amber brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark sugary malts, alcohol, and faded hops. Medium to full bodied with a nice carbonation, and somewhat earthy mouthfeel. Flavor of caramel and dark fruits, salt, and herbal hops. Sort of like an ASA meets and ESA. Good, but not great. Tastes more like a beer blend than a cohesive beer.
tastybeer (1847) - Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The pour is a muddy amber with a nice tan head, good retention lacing. Aroma is small citrus hops, lots of malt, sugar, and a bit of booze. Taste isn’t much better: syrupy sweet with a little bit of caramel and resiny hops. Palate is cloying sweetness. One dimensional. What a mess.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thinned syrupy caramel pour with a thinned if non existent head. A chewy malty cardboard musty aroma to smell. Sticky sweet sugary caramel. Thick aromas and flavor. Sticky scotchy earth flavors blend well with a latent medicinal burn. Slight honeyed earthy smoked out touch towards the finish. Rather thin in profile. Not going lots of places, but still quaffable, almost easily so.