BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of MaltDawg. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (earthy, herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of vegetables. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (earthy, herbal, spicy, woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of vegetables. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Other Caramel maltiness with hint of earthy hops. Clear light amber brown with small white head. Flavor is bitter caramel, a bit oxidized, with some earthy hop notes. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is bitter.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Thanks! Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, toffee, butterscotch. The taste is toffee, bitter hops, butter, caramel. Medium bodied. Meh.
pete4999 (1394) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish mahogany brown. Really an intriguing beer. Smells strongly of caramel, toffee, banana, and other sweet fruits. Taste has a hit of vanilla and flowery notes throughout. Nice bite up front with a smooth, sweet finish.
tgncc (3078) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is decent, caramel, apple. The flavor is sweet molasses, very malt forward, slightly. sour, decent the appearance is a deep amber color. The finish is crackery ok. Not bad at all.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep copper with red hints and a small bubbly tan head. Aromas of caramel malts, red fruit, berry, and grass. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, berry, and cherry. Pleasantly sweet with a little sour cherry and bitter sappy pine in the finish. Medium carbonation and a little sticky and creamy. Pretty good.
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Half Time.Pours ruddy amber with a foamy beige head. Medium body with mildly frothy carbonation. Aroma is floral/fruity with roast malt. Flavor is pretty much that, though maybe the fruit is a little more forward. Slightly chewy. Pretty well balanced and almost smooth - the malt roast is just a bit harsh. Seems to fit the style.
BelgianBeerGal (3671) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz traded bottle. No clue what to expect based on the label art. Pours an orange-amber colour with a big, foamy, eggshell head and plenty of lacing. Pretty big aroma of sweet malt and a little alcohol. Pretty bold flavour that reminds me of brown sugar. Honestly, a pretty tasty beer!
williamherbert (1463) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Original rating 05/14/10: ... 6/5/7/4/15 = 3.7 ...
Pours a nice frothy head over a rich, cloudy, dark orange/ruby red. Thousands of little bubbles slowly and deliberately rise to the surface. Gorgeous. The head actually stays atop the beer as I drink it, right down to the bottom.
Has a malty aroma with a mild sweetness. However the sweetness is the overwhelming characteristic of the smell. A slight bitter hint of malt at the end. Seems to have all the characteristics of an English Ale. Some butterscotch from the (Iím guessing) Ringwood yeast; sharp and sugary.
Has a very strong pungent flavor. Heavy malt and some sweetness, but overall has a strong, somewhat sour taste. Any hops that might be in this beer are completely overpowered. But the malt is pleasant with the perfect sweet/sour mix. Lots of yeast, a sugary finish: plums, grapes, dates. Minor alcohol burn on the way down.
Density is very thick and chunky. Remains on the palate for a little while, but has a smooth aftertaste. Fizzy; the fact that the carbonation is slight on the tongue is a bonus. As strong as this is, it is surprisingly easy to drink. Has a good combination of malts, thickness, sweetness, fizzyness and drinkability........
==RERATE 07/10/14 ==
Color is super-cloudy, dark carrot orange. Doesnít quite have sediment,but the fluid is murky as hell. Looks awesome. Interesting that when I opened the bottle, it foamed up and bubbled out like a volcano.
The aroma is unusually metallic. Sugary, almost like a barleywine. Supremely grainy, with an almost lacquer-like scent. An earthy grain bill. When you let it warm up, a sort of Sour Ale component kicks in; Iím not sure if thatís a byproduct of the yeast (I thought they used Ringwood), but itís unusual, in a good way.
Flavor is more sugary malts, with very little hop presence. More finished wood sealant. As it warms up a bit, the sugars really explode. There is a mild sugary sourness that I really enjoy.
Feels thick and chewy, and sits around after after youíre done with it. This is an intense beer, make sure you decant it properly and let it warm up.
probstblueribbon (3633) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Central New York Brewfest, Syracuse NY. 06FE10.
App.: Clear deep amber with white rim.
Aroma: Some tart fruitiness, mainly brown sugar, dark dried fruits, lightly buttery, lightly woodsy and rum-like.
Palate: Medium body and carbonation.
Flav.: Some nice molasses/licorice, dark dried fruits, a touch of wood/earth, still a bit buttery, some pine/earth hops, quite fruity (berries); lightly sweet, quite bitter, finishes abruptly.
Meh, not great.