hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Bottled labeled Bottled on -> 2007. Poured a deep, deep amber (almost brown) color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, dark fruits, and toasty. Tastes of caramel, the same nuttiness, dark fruits, and had a lighter earthiness. Alcohol content well hidden.
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle saved for me by Tim the owner. Barrleywine and scotch like mouthfeel. Good strong. I can see why this went quickly. Worth a premium price.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: The Herc C-130 Strong Ale
Date: March 12, 2007
Appearance: clear amber, frothy off white head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with light alcohol
Flavor: nice fruity malt flavor, well balanced with mellowed hop flavor, good caramel sweetness that gets a bit sticky after a while
Name: The Herc C-130 Strong Ale
Date: October 12, 2008
Score: 3.5 to 3.4
Appearance: hazy dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with lots of earthyness, brown sugar sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, sweet fruityness is well balanced with earthyness, only a hint of the caramel sweetness
Overall: much drier than the previous sample
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottle. Cloudy medium brown pour wtih a small whitish head. Some caramel, dark dried fruits, booze, and some good hops as well. Flavor is sweet and frutiy with nice woodsy notes but the beer is well balanced with a nice dose of hops. This is a well crafted beer.
jercraigs (9878) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via Rudolph. Dark amber body with a mdeium creamy beige head (3+) Substantial caramel malt in the aroma is sufficient that I check my moustache for remains of the ice cream topping I had earlier in the evening, but it is in fact coming from the beer! Just enough hop presence in the nose to mix it up a little. First sip feints with an up front hop bite, but quickly reveals that the deep caramel foundations are the true star of the show. Hop bitterness returns in the aftertaste, quick on the hills of light alcohol. Despite the warming quality sneaking up on you, the alcohol in this is remarkably subdued, only really becoming noticable as the glass warms up. By the time the booze makes its way from the flavour to the aroma you have already been seduced. Palate lacks body, but makes up for it in a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Thanks very much Rudy! One of the most enjoyable brews I have had in a while... consumed while preparing a presentation on Life Cycle Assessment of Beverage Containers no less :)
blipp (8284) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours orange brown with an off white head. Sweet caramel malt in the aroma with a bit of floral hops. The flavor brings a nice malty sweetness, with dried fruit, and a hit of bitter hops in the finish. Well balanced and drinkable.
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of rudolf. Thanks rudolf! Pours a clear dark ruby with a spare diminishing fizzy white head. Very sweet aroma of caremel malt, brown sugar, spices and alcohol. In my notes I described the flavour as ’a hoppy fruity alcoholy Ale’ so there ya go. The alcohol is quite prominent. Like the others said, it’s simple but enjoyable.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another example of well crafted strong ale. Smooth and drinkable despite its powerful alcohol content. hard tio guess that is ale kick almost 10 percent .
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle sampled on 3/12/07 courtesy of Rudolf: Pours a transparent bright copper with a frothy, nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresher piny hops with some light caramel malt. Body starts with a nice, caramel malty sweetness and good fresh hoppy balance toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A pretty good American strong ale.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. Big offering from Buffalo’s only Brewery. Caramel malts, Hop bitterness, citrus. One of the better brews I’ve had from them.