trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark golden amber, thin white head. Tastes stronger malts, good touch of bitter hops. Notes of the booziness. Not a huge fan of this beer type.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into red wine glass.
Pours murky dark red-brown, with a thin, soapy off-white head.
Nose is caramel, a bit of cocoa, big hit of fruity esters.
Taste is caramel, some toasty malt, bit of molasses; lot sof fruity esters, almost to the point of dominating the flavor. Buttery diacetyl comes out as well, stronger after a few sips. Light, earthy bitterness towards the finish.
Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, with a full, slick body.
Disappointing effort by a great brewery. Esters are over the top, and the diacetyl that pokes through just adds to the distraction.
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with some translucence around the edges. Almost no head.
Nice malty aroma with dark toffee and yeast. A bit of bourbon and raisin also show up.
Starts heavy and ends watery. The carbonation is almost non-extistant.
Heavy on the malt with a yeasty aftertaste. There is a whiskey bit in the middle but doesn’t overwhelm.
Not bad, didn’t like the mouth feel on this one. Drinkable under the right pairing or mood. Not something I would seek out unless I had a specific itch to scratch.
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from the Binny’s Singles Rack from the back of the cellar (Orland Park, IL). Finally getting around to it. Pours a very nice fiery brownish hue, lots of red notes dance throughout with khaki moderate head that dissipates to a decent amount, well hazed brew. Aromas are very nice with caramel, toffee, and biscuits heavy on the nose with a faint peat and smoke element. Initial is very nice, complex, with caramel and toffee taking the forefront, mixing in some nice vanilla and touches of peat, alcohol, light toaste, and subtle fruitiness. Largely a malt bomb, but under the layers takes a deeper complexity. Finishes with some malty lingers and a subtle bitterness beneath serving for balance. A beer I’m sure to come back to. Cheers!
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a tiny tan ring of head, a bit of bubbly lacing sticks to the glass. Big caramel and toffee maltiness on the nose, perhaps a hint of smoke, but faint. Medium sweetness, caramel malt, some fig fruit flavor, again slight smoke, just the tiniest touch of bitterness rounds out the flavor quite nicely. Med-to-heavy mouthfeel with low carb.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
208 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh - Pours a beautiful coppery ruby with a small orange head...aroma is mossy and bready, malt...flavour is "unique"...weird malt on the front flavour-wise, almost dirty, finishes the same way...not my fav, but great to try...
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with the boys for Cellar Reduction #3. Well masked abv. Malty biscuit aroma and flavor with alcohol flavors. Massively malty and good for style.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Butters and sixfootsix at the 3rd Cellar Reduction. Pours a light tan head with some orange to it. Body is deep amber with some ruby highlights. Smells of toasted malts and brown sugar. Tastes the same with a nice bitterness on the finish. I really enjoy the toasty nuttiness of this beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2565) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Very nice. Kind of an old ale. Dark hazy copper. A touch fruity in the nose but it moves on to a chocolate/caramel flavor. I was hoping for a dark rummy raisiny flavor but it wasn’t there. Still It was nice. Very smooth mouthfeel, rounded with light carbonation. Nicely heavy without overwhelming the palate. Plenty malt forward, with just a touch of leafy hop, without being overly sweet.
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red color with a tan head. Scottish malts, maple, and caramel in the aroma. Strong alcoholic taste with a sweet malt and caramel in the finish.