elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, coppery orange with practically no head. Looks just beautiful in the glass. Minimal lacing. A sweet, aroma of brandied fruit, oak, vanilla, and leather. Taste is quite sweet, with an even mix of maltiness and alcohol that does call bourbon to mind (albeit far more drinkable). Mouthfeel is slightly thick with a light, fizzy carbonation. Despite the high alcohol content, there is a rather tame finish to this beer, deceptively masking its potency. In sum, a fine beer that will appear to those who love scotch ales, old ales, and barleywines due to its oak-aged nature and alcoholic sweetness.
drjay44 (2350) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a dark amber (SRM 15) lightly particled body.....nose is treacle, with light plum, golden raisin, lightly vinous, hints of oak......taste is lightly sweet with tones of toffee/caramel, light fruits including plum, fig, lightly nutty, finishing dryer, with light bitterness and oak.....mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low with light acid. Rich, nourishing, warming, complex, make this a classic example of the style. The only flaw is the particle laden body, but how was it stored? BJCP 9/1/16/5/8
Cuso (3392) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from De Molen web shop. Hazy dark amber color with medium white head. sweet aroma of honey, bee wax, sweet biscuity malt, some fruits. Extremely sweet taste with honey, sweet molasses, bee wax, caramel, vanilla. Too much on sweet side for being enjoyable.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Cross between a brown ale and an IPA. There is a hint of each style in this beer. Carries a big heavy hit of alcohol.
pentaz (785) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours unclear amber with a quickly diminishing white tiny head. Aroma is very malty with toffee, biscuit, booze, vanilla, orange, flowery and light peppery. Taste is near heavy sweet, moderate bitter and light acidic. Body is medium+, texture is light syrupy, carbonation is soft+. Finishes sweet, boozy and mouthdrying .
janetinha (3) - - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber appearance, cloudy and presence of little bubbles (carbonanation), presence of floating sediments. On nose dry dark fruits like raisin, plum, oak, strong caramel and a deep sweetness, alcohol. On mouth it is fullbodied and dry, malty, hints of fruits, caramel, toffee, woody. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
McWorta (382) - LUXEMBOURG - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with a nice pillowy tan head. On the nose aromas of leather, sweet malt, alcohol and barnyard develop. Light slick in texture with a full body tasting medium sweet with notes of bitterness at the back of the palate. The finish lingers pleasantly on the tongue for a pretty good while. Nice Ale!
gobbledock (3) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours orange, with a very small white head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, raisin, candy. Sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. Little discernible bitterness.
chucklemation (167) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a malty aroma, with light hints of fruit. Feels heavy like molasses, and has a lightly sweet molasses and malty flavor. There is a hint of bitterness at the end. Very enjoyable, complex ale.
tmongoose (938) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft. poured a dark ruby red color with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipated. the aroma of lots of sweet deep malts was forefront on the nose. maybe some dark fruit adjuncts in there are well. the flavor with the alcohol well hidden was sweet malts and fruits and very smooth.. no bitterness bite at all. deceptively good.
dkrep (10) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a nice little off-white head. Had some floating yeast sediment; not just little specks, but a big goober that I spooned out of my glass. Was a little turned off but the beer tasted fine so I marched on. Sweet aroma, great taste and a sweet finish. This was from a 2013 batch, canít wait to see what a little more time does to the rest of them.