dmac (5155) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498, thanks Jason. Poured a murky chocolate brown body with a large foamy light beige head. Aroma is very much like a barley wine, toffee, caramel, barrel aged molasses, vanilla extract, slight alcohol. Fuller carbonation with softer carbonation, a lingering aftertaste with a touch of bitterness and slight alcohol warming. Flavor of caramel, toffee, vanilla extract, alcohol, wax, rotting fruit, sweet. This is one good ass beer, Viva La CCB!!!
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep red with amber highlights and a creamy mocha colored head. Nose is caramel, toffee, baked bread and earthy, spicy hops. Flavor is on the sweeter chewy malt side with definite notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar with earthy hops. A huge sweet amber ale.
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 (6812) - 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 isn’t quite enough for the thick malty beast before me. Ok, but not something I’d go for again. Some nice flavors, but the synergy of them on the palate and experience overall isn’t my thing. Overall suffers because of it. It’s not a bad beer, it’s just a bit big for it’s britches.
adnielsen (10360) - 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 (916) - 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 (4378) - 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.