polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Chris from Dark Horse, thanks man!! Aroma is just fantastic! Notes of dark dried fruits, tobacco, black licorice, soy and some incredible port tones. This bottle has aged very well. Very dark ruby brown hue with an off-white head. Flavor is heavy sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Palate is big and very full bodied and oily with a soft carbonation. Overall an epic brew that I couldnít get enough of. Then I go online and see these weak ass ratings, wtf? The beer must have aged well or been a better batch because what I tasted and rated was an epic Barely Wine with a slight sour character. Iíll stand by this rating, to hell with the haters.
jstraw (1911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany, no head / Lightly sour nose of chocolate and dark fruit / Medium to full body, low carbonation, some but not dramatic tartness and sweet, good balance with a hint of bitterness on the finish / Complex flavors of chocolate, oak, plum, fig, soy sauce, sherry, and tobacco / A certain clumsiness to it, but I enjoyed it until the last drop.dough. If they ever perfect the body, and unfortunately I have never tried regular Off The Scale, this would be stellar.
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled, thanks to mikem409, murky muddy brown color, delightful flavors of malted milk balls, soy sauce, chocolates, balsamic vinegar, lasting sweet and sour finish
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky orange-brown body, no head. Deep, delectable nose of brandy, brown sugar, caramel, and green apple. Sweet body with brown sugar and caramel, tart and somewhat oxidized. Rich. I canít imagine this beer would receive poor ratings if every bottle was like this one.
boFNjackson (4124) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured deep brown with a hint of amber/head with no head. A bit flat. Nose had vinous oak, dark cherries, vinegar, and chard grains. Similar notes came through in the flavor. Some acidity and mild tartness. Toasted grains and dark cherry flavors were prominent. Some oxidized notes, but that worked ok here. I actually enjoyed this along with my couple buddies I shared it with. I was expecting a total drain pour but instead this wasnít too bad to sip on.
wmubronco1992 (611) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #841 of 1440, batch#1826 purchased at DH general store the weekend after the Winter Warmer release party. Pours a very dark reddish brown. Big bourbon aroma. No head as expected. Sweet flavor of cherries and other dark fruits. Maybe a little chocolate to add to the smoothness. Iím not a sour fan and wasnít really expecting to love this, but I didnít pick up any sourness. Mine was sweet, big, and rich. Must be some story behind this. My bottle was fantastic, but the reviews are all over the board. Assuming that there wasnít great consistency. Some of those who rated this low definitely didnít drink the same thing that I did.
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this. Bottle 316 from batch 1826. Deep red with a tan head. The aroma has some oak, molasses and dark fruit notes. The flavor is similar with a lot of oak, maple and vanilla, as well as some alcohol and molasses. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
hopscotch (9037) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Hazy brown pour with no head. The bouquet is a tangy, vinous marriag of dried plum and tawny port. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeeel and restrained carbonation. Mirroring the nose, the flavor is super vinous and tangy with loads of dried plum and tawny port. Lightly tart, mildly pungent, prune finish. bottle courtesy of ctipping!
PhillyCraft (3157) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split with Alen before the Teresas Super bowl Sat event. Pours a red brown color. Nice notes of roast, toffee, brandy, sherry, and smoked wood. Not boozey at all for the alc percentage. Finishes sour.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jamesís 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a deep ruby garnet with no head. Big oxidization and sweet old malt. Medium bodied, smooth and malty, lots of old oxidization, very, very, very light hints of tartness. Not sure if I get anything sour or acidic, but definitely old and oxidized. Chewy malt. Very tasty, but not so much sour.