donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from regionals (#28720). Pours a redish orange, thin off white head.
Aroma is potent, sweet caramel malt pervades, a spicey character underlies, quite a bit of alcohol in there as well as raisiny fruit.
The flavour is quite sweet - caramel, syrupy texture.
Hops are present, a bit sugary still. Bitterness doesnít quite compensate. There is a slight raisiny fruit which is nice but faint.
Very drinkable, might be better in a year or so.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - DEC 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Bottle. Pours a light brown color with a nice white foamy head. Some lacing.
Aroma of malt, caramel, "brio-karameller", a candy we have here in Sweden. There is also notes of honey.
Flavour is quite sweet, malty, touch of brio-karameller, quite candy-like taste overall. Notes of english hops and honey.
Filling in the mouth, pretty smooth, low carbonation, medium to full bodied.
A very nice sipper. It is maybe not good too compare them, but this feels much better and balanced this fresh than Thomas Hardys for example.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with small amount of beige head. Lots of honey sweetness to balance the alcohol, nice hoppy finish. I look forward to trying again afer some aging.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of llcooldave! Pours a deep, dark amber body with no head. Glowing and clear. Aromas of fermented apples, some alcohol, candied pears and malty sweetness. Flavors of pears, fig preserves, malty and a very mild floral hops finish. Fine, soft carbonation.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another excellent brew in this series. Pours a deep copper with thin head. Aroma of malts, dried fruits. Flavor was deep and rich with pale malts, dough, dried fruits, and a lasting finish brought on by some bittering hops. I let this one age for almost 3 years and it was worth the wait. The flavor was even better as it warmed.
natejgood (433) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, medium brown color with a very thin light head and very few bubbles. The aroma is malty and a bit sour. This beer has a lot of flavor. It is full of hops and malt and feels almost creamy in the mouth. There is also a distinct raison flavor and the aftertaste is a bit like carmel, but the beer is not overly sweet to drink. Based on the light, clear appearance it is surprising how much body this beer has. This beer is a bit heavy, but other than that it is a solid drink.
Eirikur (378) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This ale is soo naked. no masking at all, way too much alcaholic taste, otherwise, its complex and has all the bells and whistles .
anthony850 (377) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich fruity taste very smooth and creamy . Aged for five years.
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JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much better than last year. The challenger acts as the sheriff in what could be an unruly ale. The finish is nuttier than anticipated but works wonderfully. Perfect balance. Perfect colour and head.
theOptimator (340) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is raisin, grape, plum, alcohol. Appearance is hazy dark orange brown. Almost no head. Taste is raisin and plum forward. Slight alcohol boozy flavor, like a carbonated liqueur. Honey, caramel, grape, cherry. Many flavors present. Palate is full. Alcohol hotness present but still smooth. Overall a nice beer. IMO this bottle needed much more aging but still an enjoyable beer.