sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hops on the nose, with the malts in the back. Nice fine bubbles with good head and lace. Rich hoppyness upfront,then slight sweetness with long lingering finish. The hops really stick with you for minutes. Slight alcohol burn but well balanced.
aracauna (3032) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like this brewery and I like this beer. Cloudy, dark brown body with a moderate head. The aroma is complex with pencil wood, figs, raspberries and brown sugar. The flavor heavily malty, but backed up by a sharp bitterness in the back. Sweet, but not overly so.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rum soaked fruitcake, dark fruits, brandy like alcohol, brown sugar and very mild aroma hops in the nose. Dark copper color. Massive body of creamy and explosive flavors. An array of sugar coated grapes, dates and red plums initially, followed by melted caramel, vanilla and nougat, which leads into hints of madeira and booze.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from the bottle. poured a cloudy amber, with no head. aroma the alcohol jumps right out there, than got malt, caramel, honey,fruits, apple. flavor, there is that alcohol in 1st again, hops, got hints of toffee. for me this is the best dark horse I have had. the flavors are robust and a nice full smooth mouthfeel.
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Dark Horse. Hazy amber color with a moderate white head that diminished slowly. Moderate sweet hop aroma. Moderate well balanced sweet flavor with a small bitter finish with a very slight alcohol bite..
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this first when it just came out - I thought it was okay. Met up with Chris Styles this weekend, and either it has mellowed or I have, I’m really enjoying it. Brown in color, with a moderate tan head. Aroma of old branches and fall leaves. I remember it as being overly sweet, this surely isn’t. Moderate, but pleasant hop bite dry this one out. Malt give this brew a slight toffee flavor, this may well be my favorite Olde Ale, but if you would have asked two years ago,I’d have said you would have to be kidding. Slightly dry finish, excellent brew.
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very well done ale. THis is an ale with attitude.. Tastes of banana, maybe caramel, and definitely alochol.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at darkhorse... upon talking to the locals who have had this beer for years they said it was too bitter, here is my thought... beautiful dark charcoal color, nice head, sweet malts with hints of toffee and maybe a slight malt place on the palate, maybe a bit biter but very enjoyable. highly recomended.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber: Beautiful looking brown/amber with a lasting somewhat rocky head. Aromas of sweet malts caramel, toffee with hints of raisens and other dark fruits. Flavor is yeast and malt back boned with the sweeter flavors up front. Heavy mouthfeel, finishes with candy notes and alcohol.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours amber w/ tan foamy head. Nose is alcohol, caramel, chocolate. Taste is caramel, alcohol, malt, chocolate and rasins. Has doughy and yeasty qualities.