Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber, 1-finger off-white head, phenomenal lacing. A really sharp-looking brew. Nose is spicy pine-driven hops, red fruit, rather "thick" smelling, seems like a big, dense, beer. Flavours of caramel, red fruit, spicy hops, rather well-balanced. Solid, if not remarkably exciting.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of Ben. Thanks! Pours a rich deep brownish hue, sunset fiery oranges edges, decent haze, with a frothy light brown head atop, sticks as a decent thicker film with ok lacing as it goes. Dark with glowing darker edges of orange. Aromas are a mixture of toffee and caramel, mixed with toast and biscuits. Touches of carmelized malts, oranges, and dry floral hops. Touches of dark fruit, hazelnuts, and citrusy hops dance into play. Oranges, florals offer a sufficient hop nose with a fierce inviting fuller malt presence beneath. Initial is medium to fuller bodied, offering a significant malt kick up front. Toffee, biscuits, and caramel match into some brown sugar, toast, biscuits. Dark fruit slants a touch medicinal, plum and faint cough syrup. The beer starts to pick up some floral hops, oranges, touches of warming alcohol. A thick chewy body becomes apparent on the palate. Toasty and nutty, a touch over toasty, drying out yet lingering sweetness, thicker. A bit syrupy, the hop presence is nice but isnít quite enough for the thick malty beast before me. Ok, but not something Iíd go for again. Some nice flavors, but the synergy of them on the palate and experience overall isnít my thing. Overall suffers because of it. Itís not a bad beer, itís just a bit big for itís britches.
adnielsen (10199) - 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 Iíve had by these guys.
wavers1 (915) - 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. Iím 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 (4045) - 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 doesnít mind sweet beers.
JaBier (5912) - 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.