Ferris (1310) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Cherry, strawberry and nice mellow malts. Cloudy mahogany with no head. Same berries as in the nose, some oak and the grape comes through. Great beer.
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ineedbeer (434) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is rich and malty. There is lots of caramel notes of varying degrees of darkness. Moderate toffee and moderately light chocolate also compliment the caramel. There is a hint of roast present as well. Some dark fruit - cherries, figs and prunes along with a light sherry note and a hint of alcohol.
Pours brown with ruby highlights and a light brown head of moderate thickness with a hint of red. The head recedes fairly quickly to the edges leaving a thin film on top in the center. No lacing and medium sized legs.
Flavor is a bit more muted in malt than the aroma but there is still a lot of sweet dark caramel, some toffee, hints of burnt sugar, some light chocolate and roast. The flavor is much more fruit forward with lots of cherry, plum, berry and fig. The sherry note is present in the flavor as well. Moderate bitterness to balance the sweetness and a medium low alcohol spice in the finish that becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. As it warms the malt character also starts to overshadow the fruit notes which is nice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a lore but present astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. The beer is sweet but it doesn’t come across as too sticky.
Overall a nice beer but I much prefer the aroma to the flavor. The fruit notes add a touch of acidity which isn’t playing well with the bitterness and sherry. The beer improves as it warms but I can’t help but wonder whether this bottle is in a middle year where the flavors are clashing with the age. Maybe with more time the age would settle in nicely.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle thanks to Brandon. Brown pour with tan head. Nose is leather, stone fruits, dark caramel, toast. Flavor is leathery, dark fruits, plum, caramel, slightly oxidized. Bone dry finish, incredible beer! Thanks Brandon!
symmetric (34) - - MAY 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Soft, creamy, with raisin and cherry notes on the nose. An attractive ruby colour, with a very thin head. Taste is a delicate and perfectly balanced; somewhat sweet, thin body.
badgerben (4334) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown color with no head. Light brown sugar aroma and a hit of what will likely by oxydized malt in the flavor. Not as bad as I expected, but definitely some of that "old stale malt" character. Quite dry. Some molasses/brown sugar.
jbeatty (850) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 04/05/2013. Pours dark brown, thin beige head dies to a swirly crema on the surface, viscous soapy lacing. Aroma on the sweeter side, toffee and candied dark fruits, tart vinous notes not too heavy, dull chocolate background, vanilla and caramel, oxidation in the finish. Taste is dark fruits and berries covered in chocolate, medium roast notes with faded resinous hops, bitterness, a bit of booze with long bourbon aftertaste. Medium full palate. Still drinking alright, changed considerably from what I remember upon release
dogfishho (562) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holding up really nicely 3 years on. The aroma suggests that the alcohol content is higher than most 3-year-old beers normally do but there is also some solid rye bread, brown sugar, and caramel. The palate is rich and warm with nice sweet bakery flavors. Wish I had more of this.
ReggieDunlap (2795) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy deep amber/brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is oxidized and has mild dark fruits. Flavor has some caramel and dark fruits with light earthy hop notes...definitely oxidized. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is cardbaord/fruity.
Gerbeer (1252) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium head. Aroma similar to a Belgian Quad: brown sugar, roasted malts, and subtle dark fruit. Beautiful flavors (as of 2013) of caramel, rich malts, raisins/prunes, and light spice.
madmitch76 (12253) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17th July 2011
Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, dry with mild fine carbonation. Creamy malt with lactose sweetness and rich dark toffee. A little oaky vanilla. Mild orange hop brings up the rear. Dry finish. Nicely joined up rich tasty treat.