Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle aged a year - Aroma is boozy cherries. Pleasant amber hue with minimal head. Flavors of red fruit, mild sweet caramels and a faint hop backbone. Mild carbonation. Really great stuff
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from 2013 release. The pour is a nice deep copper, with an off-white head and a spotty lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is quite complex. There is a bit malt character throughout it. I like the toffee and molasses and how they provide a great sweetness throughout the nose. There is a subtle smokiness and some light oak on the back end. The flavor is just as complex. There is again, that big malt note on the front end. The molasses offers a great thickness and sweet flavor. The toffee fades through a little bit of an oak before the little bit of an alcohol burn sets in. The mouth feel is a touch thin, but the aftertaste is great. Not the best old ale out there, but it's a good one
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Weezel (104) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours really smooth with a dark amber hue and little head. Floral aromas and deep malt up front. The taste is sweet with a little hop zing in the beginning and the oak really shines lightly, but in a good way in the end. Good stuff.
Homer321 (991) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. A ton of sticky sweet malt in the nose with some wood and light fruit notes. slightly cherry. Flavor is strong malt and slightly salty. A full mouthfeel but not cloying. a slight astringency and drying sensation from the wood. helps to add complexity and balance to the beer. pretty solid and drinkable. no sign of the nearly 10% abv.
chinchill (1378) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Jan. 2013.
Pours murky orange-brown with a small, weak head.
Aroma: sweet and boozy with a clear trace of oak.
Flavor: Mildly sweet; pretty good until the finish and aftertaste, then notably better.
Feel: medium-full body; slightly harsh (ABV); warming.
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Dense copper color with a small, off-white head that fades quite quickly, though the collar that’s left still leaves behind nice splotches of lace. Aroma is a little more basic & plain that I was first expecting... Toasted maltiness, light caramel, toffee, & a big sweetness throughout. Somehow the molasses & oak are lost on me. The taste, fortunately, delivers a little more. Big malty base; toffee, caramel, very light molasses with a warm & toasted breadiness all around. Heavy oak on the back of the tongue with appreciable alcohol heat. Mid-palate shows some sweet & faintly tart fruits; apple, grape, & ripe raisins. I get some subtle cinnamon-like spiciness with a bit of bitter, floral hops in the finish. A nice beer, though perhaps a little bland for what my expectations were.
Mad_Ferret (553) - SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle @ home. Bottled 041312.
App: Clear, but with lots of particles, redish amber with a fluffy yellowed head. Nice lacings.
Aroma: Sweet sticky caramel, spun sugar, old leather, dried apricot, litchi, grapefruit and some vanilla.
Taste: Same sugary caramel sweetness with dried apricot, litchi, grapefruit and some figs. Soft vanilla and leather notes and a smooth woody finish with some licorice root in the after taste.
Palate: Medium to big body with soft carbonation and oily silky texture.
Overall: Very soft and drinkable. Sweet but not cloying. The barrel aging is delicate. I found it a bit tame. Maybe it should have been either older or younger. I was missing some bitterness.
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to glass at the Vintner. Beautiful transparent pour with a nice red hue. Mild head with great lacing. Smells like a dry barelywine. Tastes of yeast, dates, and molasses.
alethol (97) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.
hackobock (901) - SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours murky amber with almost no head. Aroma is figs, raisins, caramel. Taste is sweet caramel,