Marheb (2824) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On m’avait vanté cette petite brasserie, spécialement cette bouteille. Sucre à la crème, caramel, chocolat blanc, abricots séchés dans un corps assez svelte pour une si grosse bière. Vraiment robuste en saveurs mais délicat en bouche.
drfabulous (4543) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to matt. Pours a nice orange brown. Toffee and caramel are big flavors. Light sugar sweetness. Cherry finish. Not a heavy body for the ABV.
williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy red-orange color. Hard to see much head, although there is a white layer above it.
Aroma is paint-thinner and dark cherries. Dark fruits with a mild sourness. Oak with a boozy finish. Lots of lacquer, but appropriate. Malts are sweet and grainy.
The flavors are softer than expected; the alcohol is not hidden at all, but there is a mild, flowery hop presence. Cherries and plums have a sour quality. More of that musty horseblanket flavor. Hints of tobacco and husky cereal grains.
Slick and oily feel; thick and chewy; outstanding feel. A very solid, reasonably-priced b’wine.
Ratman197 (10720) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, earhiness, prune, carmel and tobacco. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, earthiness, tobacco and prune with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-pours copper with a tan head. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit. Soft carbonation, smooth.
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at TAPNY. Pours a clear ruby amber with a thin white head. Sweet malt, caramel, toast, and warm toffee. Oxidized and sweet. Long sweet finish. Probably should have done the bourbon version second as this was good but didn’t hold up after the bourbon treatment.
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed orange amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, malty vinous notes, fruity esters, treacle, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet vinous malt with British hops, oily mouthfeel, citrus pulp, quite nice. On tap at brewery, Dec. 3 2011.
probstblueribbon (3215) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewery, served cold. 03DE11.
App.: Milky deep amber/light copper with a yellow-tan head.
Aroma: Rich strong fruity malts, brown sugar, treacle, caramel/toffee, banana esters, citrus hops in background.
Palate: Medium+ body, medium-full, velvety effervescence.
Flav.: Pungent citrus hops, zesty, the malts assume a supporting role, quite the contrast to the nose; sweet with good bitterness and a long bread crust and fruit finish, alcohol is not apparent..
johnnnniee (2707) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle bought at the brewery and schlepped back while on vacation with the family.
Pours a deep reddish shoe leather color with a small smattering of tiny bubbles that disappear almost instantly. Not a good sign this might be lacking some carbonation. Smell is sweet and malty. Dark dried fruits mixed with toffee and brown sugar and a hint of ethanol. Apricots, prunes, cherries, plums coated in brown sugar. Taste is sweet like I expected. Dark fruits and sugar syrup mixed with a hint of alcohol. The light level of carbonation makes this feel syrupy and probably a bit sweeter than it is. Medium to thick body with a slightly drying finish. I thought this tasted and smelled pretty good, but was a little less than complex. More bubbles and more character malts would have made this a great brew.
radagast83 (5380) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My personal #1900 rating. 22oz bottle. Poured a solid clear copper color with a very small white head. Aroma is a bit of grain, with a creamy, smooth. Flavor is rich malts, creamy notes. Alcohol is hidden very well, but I got a bit of burn on the tongue. A very good brew and look forward to checking out their other brews in the future.