SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Archer. Brown color with some red highlights and a small head. Malty aroma with caramel and sweet dried fruit that gets brighter as the beer warms up. The flavor is much of the same, with dried fruit and caramel, but with a surprising amount of hop flavor and bitterness that is just a bit musty and dull. Medium-full body with lower carbonation. Nice overall, but the hops just didn’t work very well for me.
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure if this is courtesy photomike or SamGamgee. Pours a ruddy rusty brown with a pinkish ecru head. Smokey aroma with some acidity, dark bready malts, light prunes, scotch. Flavor is light on peat but still with a nice smoked character. Dark breads make up the heft of the beer with accents of prunes and alcohol. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Nice medium full body.
outtacontrol62 (1) - Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark copper/red ale with just a hint of tan head, leaves nice lace. Aroma is very malty with a whiff of the alcohol breaking through. All of that malt in the aroma comes through in the flavor, along with an unexpected shot of hop bitterness in the finish. A nice take on the style and sure to be a regular in my fridge from now on!
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy copper color with nice layer of offwhite head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits and some boozy ruminess to it. Flavor is nice strong caramel sweetness mixed with sweet dark fruit flavors. Reminds me of some raspberry caramel chocolates I’ve had before. Finish is bitter, dry and roasty with a hint of boozy warmth. Very nice beer.
jredmond (6670) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, hazy reddish brown. RUST is the color. Aroma is sweet malt. The flavor is smooth, sweet malt, sugar, and a touch of alcohol.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy brown, cinnamon aroma, great sweetness. More spice, dirty spice and earth. Did someone say spice?
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of sweet malt, some spice, some fruity hints. Tastes of toffee, dark fruit, some bread pudding. Well rounded.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to dmschefke. poured a deep amber with a beige head and spotted lacing. aroma of caramel malt, plum, and raisin. flavor was caramel, plum, raisin, and some alcohol. medium body with medium carbonation.
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy ruby with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, bread, and dark fruit. Flavor sweet malt, nuttiness, light fruit, and a bit of bitterness.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/2 a shared 12oz. Pours a murky dark brown with abundant haze. Nose is sweet, dark malt with some slight bourbon notes, and some faint dark, dried fruits. Taste is smooth and creamy, dark malts, undertones of bourbon/scotch, and the taste of dry, dark fruits (fig, plum, etc) comes through slightly in the background. Alcohol is not overpowering, and finish is rewarding. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice complex palate going on. WoW! This one is a Winner!