3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark garnet purple colored body with a caramel brown colored head, grows quickly, dies quickly. Nose is at first a stinky BO/limburger cheese note, funky toe jam… ugh… there’s some scotch, buttery, oxidized scotch, pancakes, cheese bagel spread, what the fuck is going on? Narsty acidic milky cheese funk oxidized flavor… ugh. Something went wrong here.
kramer (4359) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a very dark brown body with a slight ruby hue when held to the light. Small fleeting beige head. The nose is uber-heavy maltiness with lots of dark fruits, roast, chocolate, just a slight hint of sherry-like oxidation, and a hint of licorice. Heavy sweet malt leads things off with a beautifully aged light note of oxidation , some bakers chocolate, roasty grain, and just a little bit of alcohol apparency on the finish. Really long lingering slightly sour tinged finish complements the sweet malt really nicely. Mouthfeel is oily and slick with perfect soft fizzy carbonation. Really mouth coating on the back end. This is the first time I’m having this, but it really seems to have aged very gracefully. The aged character really gives it that extra layer of complexity that boosts this to an amazing experience.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Thanks to Travisd13. Pours caramelly dark brown with red highlights, thin offwhite head. Smells very sweet and almost smokey and roasty malty with some dark sweet fruit, plums maybe. Tastes sweet and malty roasty with lots of dark, ripe, fruit flavors. Very good, very complex. Full bodied, subdued but good carbonation
Ungstrup (27650) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A black beer with a red shine under a thin tan head. The aroma is very sweet malty with strong notes of berries and bourbon - and so is the flavor. The mouthfeel is very powerful. Just a bit too much for me.
TheEpeeist (3050) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Dark cola with a bubbly tan head that completely disappears. Nose is toffee, plum and raisin with fruit wood smoke. Luscious full body with just a trace of sour tang. Taste is prune, brittle, candied ginger, cocoa powder and grape. Dry, bitter grass adds a little balance. A super malty Scotch ale. Love it.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by Enniskillen; Nose is prunes, peat, molasses, and caramel, hazy very dark brown with a small beige head, flavor slightly tart and bitter with raisins, molasses, and light chocolateyness.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a very thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, alcohol, lots of toffee, I like it. Taste is alcohol, toffee, dried fruit. Thick oily body.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle by way of after4ever. Pour is dark brown with ruby highlights. Thinnish tan head - one inch tall, falls quickly to just a few bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Aroma is big, BIG peat maltiness. Some sweet caramel, dark chocolate, smoke, roast - nose is just lush and immense. Wonderful smelling beer. Taste is not as big as the nose, fortunately I suppose, but has all the component parts of the nose - caramel biscuit malt, salty peatiness, dark chocolate and granular earthiness - nice stuff. Palate is big and mouth coating. Smooth, drinkable and absolutely no alcohol heat at all. Really nice beer, on this evening it outshone Deviation. Thanks for grabbing this gem for me Tom, always appreciated.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle shared by theisti. WOW! The pour is dark brown with some redish hues and a large sticky head. The aroma is bready malt, chocolate, cocoa powder, toffee, and some beef jerky. The flavor is not as bombastic at the nose, and that’s a good thing. Very chocolatey with some lingering roast and toffee. Really well made with no signs of alcohol. Full body with a very smooth milky mouthfeel. This was a real suprise. I’d put it up against the AleSmith WeeHeavy any day.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from glkaiser. Thanks Geoff. Aroma is sweet and malty. Lots of dark fruit, chocolate, light roast. Pours dark brown with pretty much no head. Sweet malt, almost cloying. Chocolate, dark fruits, faint roast, chewing tobacco, and an earthy hop character in the finish. Heavy body, borderline syrupy. Alcohol is covered for the most part as only a tad bit peaks out long after the beer is swallowed. Lots of sweet residual sugars coat the mouth. A little too sweet for me, but pretty damn good nonetheless.