nimbleprop (5204) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 370/888 of batch 3406. Pours a very murky, deep mahogany brown with a ring of off white head. I let this warm before pouring the the nose was wide open once I finally did; candy sugar, brown sugar, a little burnt caramel, perhaps even some beet sugar, a bit of roasted beet in fact, some sherry, raisin, dates, maybe a little ketchup, some booze but not bad, brandy, licorice - both red and black. Flavor follows right along, candy sugar, caramel, brown sugar, hints of char, like the candy sugar hit the kettle and burnt, brandy, some marizpan, more of that roasted beet character, some bubblegum, a little clove, some rum, a little ouzo, a little umami . Finishes sticky, a little bit sweet but fairly smooth with a lingering dry smokiness on the tongue. Lots of complexity.
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Dark brown, murky. Low carbonation. Sweet leaning strong ale/barleywine. Toffee, caramel and dark fruits. Hops are overshadowed, but present. A drinkable brew for one so strong. A good sipper. "
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Tim
Bottle: The aroma consists of candied fruit, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, chocolate, and touch of raisin. It pours dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a very fine beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with a a quick dose of toffee, caramel, and faint chocolate. The finish has moderate raisin, dark fruits, apple, and faint maple syrup. Itís medium-full bodied with minimal carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One year old bottle shared by Dave. What a great aroma! Dark molasses, a little teriyaki soy, and sweet black cherry. Pours thick viscous deep brown with no head and a little film. Taste follows the nose with a sweet sticky cherry molasses, licorice, and chocolate. Rich and delicious and world class. Obviously a little hot but the extreme taste balances out.
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 Tap: deep, murky brown (almost black) body, completely muddled & fully opaque with a slowly rising, tan head that foams up for a good amount of time. Tiny bubbled with great retention. Aroma is huge, robust, powerful... Malty heaven with sticky sweet caramel, warm booze, dark figs, prunes, juicy raisins, bitter molasses, & some finishing brown sugar notes. Smells sweet as hell. Taste is very sweet as well; molasses, burnt brown sugar, syrup, prunes, light cocoa nibs & cocoa dust. Vanilla & brown sugar flavors grow with time, creating an almost creme brulee-like aftertaste. Mouth coating, thick, warm & somewhat boozy finish. Very tasty beer, must be enjoyed in small doses to avoid cavities.
Ataraxia (389) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque dark brown, almost black, with thin mocha lacing. Moderately boozy aroma filled with raisins, figs, caramel, plums, and hints of soy sauce. Muted bittersweet taste. Viscous, smooth, and creamy but the carbonation is a bit too lively for this style. Full-bodied and pleasantly boozy despite the high alcohol percentage.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with dark fermented fruits, caramel and a hint of something earthy. Very awesome.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Dark Horse 4 Elf Party, December 2012. Murky, inky dark brown body, thin, tight ochre head. Sweet nose; incredibly sweet, cloying body with molasses, soy, and honey, also some bitter citrusy hops. Lots of sugar, lots of alcohol, with alcohol heat in the finish but overall subdued by soft, flabby sweetness.
umich03jm (2177) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 oz pour from June tasting at Dougís. Aromas are dark fruit, raspberry syrup, caramel, booze, cola, burnt sugar, and toffee. Taste is syrupy sweet. Very fruity and candy-like. The aromas blend together pretty well and itís surprising smooth for such a huge abv. A bit too syrupy sweet but really like the flavors.
mcberko (7229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, full of dark fruits, caramel, booze and candied sugar. Flavour is insanely rich and sweet, full of dark fruits, heaps of caramel, and cloying sweetness. Itís not that boozy considering itís 17.5%, yet the sweetness is overbearingly cloying. Way too sweet for me. The flavours are nice, but itís a bit too harsh. Syrupy, viscous palate that brings out the sweetness even more. Incredibly hard to drink - couldnít finish the bottle.