ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 4/3/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with a soft-looking creaminess to it. Retention is decent given the strength, and there’s a bit of lacing left behind, too.
S: Big caramel here unsurprisingly. There’s also an impressive dark fruit note here that I find enticing. Other notes of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee abound.
T: Strong tones of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar open the flavor profile up, with light smokiness and plum-like sweetness building up on the finish. The big problem isn’t what’s here...it’s what isn’t here. While most certainly well made, it lacks in interesting qualities that could have made it great; nor is it particularly complex. The alcohol is hidden superbly, though.
M: Relatively thick, rich, and sweet on the palate, appropriately for the style. Carbonation is only prevalent when allowed to focus on the tongue.
O: It’s pretty good, yeah, but it’s missing something - such as the vague stout-like qualities of Old Chub or the drinkable complexity of Dirty Bastard. As such, it’s hard to recommend over those two.
fitwitchik (351) - USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass a dark brown amber with a light beige head.
Aroma is sweet smoke.
Flavor is caramelized wood with mild hops covered in breaded candy. Defintely some booziness here.
A nice mix of flavor.
Gaboo (1) - - OCT 8, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, I have used Rate Beer as reference for years, yet never rated. Not sure about a lofty, dreamy description. Unless it has issues or surprising pronounced character, the number say it. A little sweet. A bit bit boozy. I prefer aged at least 6-9 months. Still a solid beer
raoul_duke (17) - - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2014 Awesome bottle art. Head is minor, not terribly carbonated. Taste has a nice combo of spicy (cinnamon) and fruity (apple). Alcohol is not as prevalent as you?d expect at 9.75%.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"nice big scotch ale with a peaty, dark fruity malt aroma. smooth, abv hid well, big bodied. did i say smooth? flavor very pleasing...coffee, sweet malt, dark fruit, peat. well put together"
murphious2000 (12) - - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice color of dark brown but the head is this and I wish it were a bit more than only 1/4inch. Malt and yeast aroma maybe a hint of apple. Tastes very smooth and not boozy to me at all. Reminds me of a good Belgian double or even tripel, but without the sour/tartness. Very slight smoke and balanced finish, with some flavor I like but can’t quite figure out. Very Nice!
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy dark copper, half finger medium head, lots of thin lacing. Aroma alcohol, doughy, toasty, caramel malt, toffee, slight earthy. Taste caramel, doughy malt, toffee, burnt sugar, alcohol, slight dark fruit, earthy. Mouthfeel medium-full body, lower carbonation, alcohol heat, not much astringency, finish is in the sweet side. Overall great beer, drinks like a nice Scotch, this is one of my favorites.
__Rb81 (225) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma is sweet, malty, bourbon boozy, some smoke. Taste is malty sweet, dark fruits, warming whiskey-like alcohol. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Bit watery thin perhaps, but nevertheless very nice.
adster (427) - HUNGARY - SEP 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Élesztő-maradványoktól zavaros, sötét borostyán színű ital egy rendkívüli illatfergeteggel, melyben az olvasztott cukros, mézes-diós aromák egy nagy adag, belga stílusú élesztős keretben találnak magukra. A kelt tésztás, süteményes zamatok ezt követően is megmaradnak, ízét pedig tovább színesíti aszalt gyümölcsös, kissé likőrös, alkoholban áztatott karaktere. Figyelemre méltóan testes, mély és komplex szerkezetű, a belga quadrupelek és angol old ale-ek jellemvonásait egyaránt magán viselő főzet.
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bona cervesa, és equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es equilibrada y sabrosa.
RexTalionis (2514) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12 oz. Pours dark brown in color with a tan head. Bready, sweet malty and somewhat fruity notes in aroma. Toffee, dark fruits and caramel sweetness in taste. Quite good.