kjc51478 (383) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Bottle. Appearance is dark amber color with light, beige head. Aroma is of malty sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, and a slight boozy-ness. Taste is complex - it started off with a heavy character of toasted malts, sweet bread, and caramel. As the it warmed up, there was more and more strong dark fruit flavors especially plum, which combined with the alcohol gave it a somewhat boozy quality. As my palate grew more accustomed to the heavy malt bill, I noticed more of the subtle hop bitterness that was lying underneath. Palate was full-bodied, thick in texture sitting heavy in the mouth, light and soft carbonation, and a bitter finish.
deaconmike (381) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Founders. Copper pour. Nice lacing throughout. You get sweetness and molasses in the aroma. More of the same on the taste but really nice caramel malt flavor. Balanced nicely with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. This one went down way to smooth for the ABV.
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temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer tastes like a cranked up version of Red’s Rye. And as far as I am concerned, that kicks ass.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i really liked this one. pours nice amber/copper with a nice malty aroma with a little hop cutting through with a little smoke on the end. nice malt sweetness with a good bite from the hops. finishes sweet with dark fruits and smoke on the end. very nice
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great old ale from a stellar producing brewery. Aromas are very similar to barleywines but the taste is sweeter in my opinion. Get your hands on one if you haven’t already.
M_Sack (378) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep amber, thin cream head and medium lacing. Incredibly complex aromas of molasses, cherry, marzipan, brown sugar, caramel, oak and a lick of alcohol. Malty front, followed by an oily/pine hop middle and finish with a long moderate bitterness. The oak was present but the alcohol dominated to the beers detriment
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pour is deep amber with a small caramel colored head. Aromas of caramel, bananna, huge burbon, vanilla, and candy. Flavor is malty with warming burbon, brown sugar, vanilla, and more candy. What a treat in a bottle.
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 rerated 4/16/2011. 3.7 ---> 3.7 .... one thing stood out to me tonight... perfume.. smelled and tasted perfumy. this was a drinkable beer but it had an odd aftertaste. subtract that aftertaste and you’d have a decent looking beer that was lacking in overall oomph.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The flavor here was just off, maybe I got a bad bottle, and will have to try another of my 4-pack and maybe re-rate.
LearninBeer (376) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is a touch sweet, very light malt. Not enough aroma. Pours a cloudy copperorange, off white head, fully diminishing, little lacing. The flavor is a light sweet. The body is full, creamy, very good.