maxwelldeux (4169) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No wonder I couldn’t find this in North Carolina... Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a smallish off-white head on there. Nose is quite heavy and very fruity, with the raisins being really salient in this brew. Taste is a little sweet, but a little bready underneath. Reminds me a bit of a heavier raisin bread.
WillRunForBeer (1517) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ale House. Pours mahogany with a tight beige head. Aroma is bread and raisins. Flavor is caramel, raisin, date, oak and booze. Some oak, slight vegetal towards the finish. Some booze in the finish, but it’s smooth for 18.5%
Blairgus (3398) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 feb 2015, tap. Rosy/Amber, clear, no bubbles. Nose is serious alcohol, borders on harsh alcohol aroma. Winey, grape jelly, raisins, oak. Full body and mildly fizzy. Sweet malt, raisin jam, moderate alcohol. This is interesting. It’s not as harsh or bold as I expected for an 18% beer, nor is it as rich as I expected. Nice.
yourilevesque (484) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small bottle shared with a friend of mine last night. The beer is good looking - served in a scotch sniffer and the glass suited it well. It really looked like an old scottish single malt! Aromas are dried fruits such as plums, dates and raisins. Big load of alcohol in the nose. The mouthfeel is agressive: lots of acidity and alcohol but maybe the beer was just way too young to be enjoyed at it’s full potential. Body was narow and that was pretty much what we got from it. Could have been a bad bottle too.
John25 (1138) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Bright Amber ruby. Big dark fruit - raisin aroma and booze. The taste adds toffee and vanilla. The feel is warm booze all the way with a very long finish. Very well crafted, warm but not overpowering alcohol, very smooth and rich but light too. I’m blown away. Damn good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
knickskicks (925) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red pour. Boozy malty nose. Boozy taste, caramel, some vanilla. Not as boozy as I expected. Still not all that complex.
berkshirejohn (5223) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Orchard Fresh, Orchard Park, NY. A rather hazy copper pour with a trace of translucent head; aroma of sowsed raisins; richy, sweet, vinous raisin taste; with soft and subtle alcohol making this a warming and extremely pleasant drink. The appearance lets down an otherwise excellent Strong Ale.
Patrickctenchi (4975) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly clear, dark amber-brown with a small beige head.
Raisin and mild spray paint aroma.
Taste is sweet, raisins, toffee malt, fruit syrup.
Sticky....amazingly sedate alcohol prescence....beautifully crafted and excellently done.
Luvystypotables (1125) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intense aroma of grapes, fruit, alcohol with a hint of malt. Cloudy copper color without much head or carbonation. Smooth taste of grapes, medium body with a sweet alcohol finish.
Scouser (303) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep red mahogany with beige lacing and no head. Aroma of gardenia and alcohol. Raisin, caramel, and alcohol taste. Not a bad winter beer, maybe better after cellaring.