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 (3851) - 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 (5204) - 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 (1837) - 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.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks Peter! Pours Amber with very light tan head. Aroma is all malts with hints of sugar and booze. Flavor is heavy on the caramel malts with hints of toffee and brown sugar. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty average american strong ale.
Rustyham (1781) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is very sweet and spicy, lots of malt. Nutmeg, cinnamon, apricot. Colors deep reddish brown, translucent. Lots of refraction, looks viscous. Flavor is pretty bad, like a salty rune juice that’s been sitting in the sun fora while. Very warm in the back of the throat.
EithCubes (5195) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, murky dark brown and creamy lacing tan head. Heavy caramel nose, sweet taste and dulled hops, full body, reminds of a DIPA/Barleywine that’s had a little too long on the shelf. This bottle, however, is new.
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from hopscotch or GatorGuy92- both sent me bottles almost simultaneously, so thanks guys! Pours a cloudy red-amber color with a small khaki ring for a head. Aroma is basically a sweet malt bomb, with some milk sugar, toast, caramel and cardboard behind it. Flavor of brown sugar, toffee, tea, and tons more sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel. Couldn’t drink very much of this and glad I split it 8 ways. Pretty one-dimensional.