Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I drank this and liked it, didnít take notes so thatís really all Iíve got for ya. Thanks whoever brought it. Try it if you can.
Sledutah (5737) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by footbalm at his going away party, thanks man
Appearance: Hazy brown with a small beige head and light spotty lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts and caramel
Taste: Sweet caramel, herbal and toffee
douglas88 (6940) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2007 vintage shared by Eric, thanks. An odd brew. Pours a totally murky brown/red color with no head. The aroma is sweet intense berries and sugary malt, cocoa as well. The flavor is a odd mix; very sugary and fruity almost like a berry fruity beer with a heavy alcohol presence, warm, herbal, toffee, interesting. I liked it.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 2/16/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle from the Twisted Spoke. Pours clear but very dark amber with an average off-white head that settles into thin, even lace with a decent collar. The nose is very malty with a good amount of sweet vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar, and some light herbal notes. The flavor is sweet with caramel and brown sugar malt up front, with a bit of herbal and spice flavor rounding everything out. The body is full with average carbonation and a long malty and sweet finish. This is the perfect example of a beer that is delicious despite itís lack of complexity.
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Nose is toffee and brown sugar. Hazy amber pour. Slightly spicy on the finish. Wondeful. Burnt caramel, toffee, cocoa, great complexity and balance on the tongue. Sweet with a nice slight bittering. This stuff should be an annual.
From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.
deyholla (7713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Brian, thanks! Poured a cloudy brown with a yellow brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of spice with sweet grains a bit of alcohol and some dark fruit. Flavor was quite sweet from the grain with some balancing spice and a decent amount of alcohol.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ogglethorp. Thanks! Pours dark brown with off white head. Aroma is a mixed bag. Pretty interesting. It had spices, caramel, belgian yeast maybe, and had some oxidation notes that had set in. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is all over the place, too. Flavors are bitter, spicy, and just all over. Interesting brew.
BuckeyeBoy (3249) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1 Pours out red/amber topped with a small sand head. Aroma of pit fruit, vanilla, spice, and sweet malts. Taste is much sweeter than the aroma with tons of brown sugar and caramel finishes off with a nice spice.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Pailhead. Clear mahogany, minimal head, fades to film. Aroma has huge citrus up front, faint spice and tons of malt backbone. Caramel/toffee. Flavor dominated by caramel/toffee, spicy/herbal hops in finish, very faint. Sort of one dimensional, but not overly so, sweet but not cloying. Really dig it, but canít score categories any higher.
madvike (3061) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Silphium...thanks Brad! - Pours mahogany with a small tan head. The aroma is tons of caramel, toffee, a hint of mint and menthol, and butterscotch. Taste is vanilla, butterscotch, and dark malt, with a bit of rast and a light, grassy hop finish. Thereís some milk chocolate and dark fruit, and a touch of bitterness. My guess is a lot of the hops and spice has receded from when this was new, but itís been replaced by rich, sweet, decadent flavors. What can I say, Iím a sucker for a brew like this. Just...wow.