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 (4595) - 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 (4624) - 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 (2943) - 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 (3187) - 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.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. a little oxidized, table sugar, hot, a little boring.
neepsntatties (1093) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought a bottle of the ’08 of this the weekend of the Hard Liver Fest and decided to give it a whirl. Colour... cloudy copper-amber with no head. Nose... redolent of English toffee and butterscotch discs. Palate... lightly sweet, bitter and a bit dusty (wasn’t expecting that) but still plenty of toffee, golden sirop, turbinado, date pieces and delightfully sweet malt.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
March Madness tasting ’08 bottle-
Aroma: Sherry/vinous, dark fruits, a bit of oxidation, molasses, fresh caramel, pipe tobacco, and some rich earthyness/light peat.
Appearance: dark amber body/rusted color, cloudy body with a small, tight 1/2 white head with average staying power.
Taste: A sophisticated, decadent malt core surrounded by dark fruits, toffee, candied walnuts, a touch vinous, tobacco...and more malts.
Overall: Incredible beer. Alcohol seemed very well disguised. A no-brainer if there ever is one.
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage thanks to ditmier. Pour is an almost clear ruby reddish orange with a thin whitish head. Aroma is rich caramel malt, lightly spicy, earthy, hints of wood, lightly fruity, and light alcohol. Flavor is very clean. Lots of caramel malt, light black pepper, light floral hop, notes of wood, and very little oxidation. Pretty darn good.