BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly cloudy orange-red, with two fingers of very dense yellow-white foam that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is faint, yeasty and earthy. Taste is very complex - raisins, caramel and malty sweetness, a touch of citrus fruit, and a hoppy bite to it. The alcohol warms without overpowering. Would not have guessed it was 15% abv. Very good stuff.
roxtersoxter (213) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden amber with small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of apricot, almonds, and alcohol. Smooth roasted caramel flavor with a bite at the end (high alcohol). Very good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Emeister84 (664) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of almond, golden raisin, some booze, burnt sugar, caramel, slight apricot, and orange candy. Clear red with orange highlights, and a fully lasting, sticky off-white head, with thick lacing. Slightly sweet, quite malty with notes of honey and sugar, and somewhat fruity, with a metallic edge in the aftertaste. Medium-full bodied, rich, sticky, strong, and finishes with a lingering maltiness.
zickbeer_ye (207) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red tinted copper body and slight off white creamy head. Malty peach and slight cranberry aromas some barley and alc notes. Sweet fruit notes some drier malt tastes and alc. Crisp wet and a little hot on the palate.
Brouwerij (846) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Alemax. Pours a clear red copper with quickly settling, fine off-white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, pear, peach, plum, alcohol and malty. Flavor is sweet, fruity, peach, plum with a caramel, nutty, toffee finish. Richer as it warms. Very mildly bitter aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. Very good.
Hair6a11 (1257) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Bottle; Pour is fairly clear; mahogany with a one finger fine bubbled off white head into this glass ; some sticky / spotting present here. It seems to retain in an average way I suppose. The nose is sticky sweet breads and honey, with a tinge of booze, caramel, toffee, and blackberry present. This brew is overly sweet initial; honey and sweet breads, with more caramel and toffee, and moving to a boozey bite. The finish is minerals, biscuits, figs, and pear, with a lingering, slightly off putting finale that age may improve. This is a desert beer I suppose - and I think it does it pretty well.
warhawk91 (206) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Oct. 2013. Pour is a filtered rusty colored amber with a small head that quickly dissipates into a thin wispy ring around the glass. Definite alcohol legs, small amount of lacing. Smell is rich caramel malt, brown sugar, fig, raisins, and pineapple with citrusy hop notes. Taste is big. Tons of malt sweetness bursting with the dates, fig and caramel. The hop and grapefruit notes follow which fade into a smooth alcohol and sugary finish. The dark fruits really stay with you during sips as it warms up. Big alcohol finish but I wouldn’t say it’s any bolder than say their Palo Santo Marron or Immort Ale. Getting more of the pineapple sweetness on the nose as well as the tongue the more I sip. Big chewy mouthfeel. This beer is big and should be indulged in moderation. This is the freshest one I’ve had, I may rerate this when I crack open a 2012 next year. This is very good fresh but from what I’ve heard it ages very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MrFecesious (742) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
'11 on tap at apex. Clear amber. Aroma of plum, candied sugar, vanilla. Taste is citrus zest, more candied sugar, plum. Really easy drinking for 15%. Smooth and balanced.
kidmartinek (3216) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich caramel color with a purple tint. Decent lasting off white head. Mild wood aged aroma with light fig. Tastes like apples, dates and has a honey character sort of like mead. Uncommonly smooth. Tastes non alcoholic. A bear of an achievement in brewing. Pleasant spritz on the finish.
Fratto (2510) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Austin Flying Saucer. Orange pour with a small white head. Aroma is light oranges and bread. Taste is sticky, lots of booze, heavy bread, and no trace of dates/figs for me.