dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz 2005 bottle. Poured a murky muddy chocolate brown uner a smaller slick of tight foamy light beige head. Actually nice carbonation and appearance for a 6 year old. Aroma of toffee, caramel, slight wood, alcohol, cardboard, light chocolate. Flavor of light smoke, earth, alcohol, light chocolate and dark grains. Really nice beer that aged well.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Bottle shared by Dmac at his tasting. Pours brown. Tan head. Nose and taste of caramel, dried fruit, toffee, wood and plum raisin. Taste has a bit of smokiness and earthiness to it. Held up pretty well.
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dmac for sharing this 2005 vintage. Pours out an odd, murky muddy color with a tiny lacing head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, fig and raisin. Taste is complex with caramel, dried fruits, oak, fig and a slight tell of alcohol. Overall this held up very well.
monsterc (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky brown, a huge thick creamy head that lasted the entire beer. Sweet malty hops aroma. Alcohol is very well hidden and became more pronounced as beer warmed.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of %, wood and age. There is some depth to this, you can tell just by the smell. A bit musty and old world-like too. Hazy and brown, there is lots of visible yeast and particles that make this one chewy. I like that in a beer. A sharp % hit mixed evenly with sweetness to cover it up, it soon fades out to the barrel taste. This all thins out and the % is there for a bit, but it all dissolves nicely. This was a surprising find.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber with suspended sediment. Great aroma. Oak, and bread, dark fruit and wine. Nice flavour thick and strong with flavour of bread, and oak with a strong wine flavour to it. It still holds a very malty character. This is an excellent beer. And I really like the label as well. This is very complex and enjoyable.
mar (5260) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle thanks to americanbrew. Poured a deep brown with no head. Big notes of toffee, caramel, slight vanilla, wood, alcohol, and dried fruits. Great chewy palate, toffee, caramel, slight oxidation, sherry, faint fruity hops, sticky finish.
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour with light head and lace. Aroma of dried fruit and brown sugar. Flavor is very nice sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, and dates. Medium bodied with good carbonation. very nice beer.
TimE (5100) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 version. This shit is in its total prime right now. Much more towards a Flanders Red. Great depth. Had against the 07 which would have been a solid 3.5. Sour red ale, cherries, huge oak, cinnamon, green apples, full bodied , extremely well balanced, amazing depth. Need to age some more bottles of this stuff.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sugary sweet with tons of caramel and toffee, lots of dark fruit. Very sweet, astringent caramel, lots of iced tea, lots of pine. Not my thing in BW.