ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Jebus knows how old this bottle is.
A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a bubbly, creamy two finger mocha shade. I like its soft texture, itís good retention, and its spotty lacing.
S: Wha, sour cherries? Could be infected, but it still works with the mild caramel sweetness and *very* subtle chocolate. Maybe just a touch of oxidation, as well. Iím not sure this was the intended result, but the fact that it still smells really good still gives me hope. Hey, Iím a sucker for sour ales.
T: Damn, there isnít much tartness here. Rather, it functions much like youíd expect a decent wee heavy to: itís smoky, chocolaty, and caramel-y; yet, thereís just the subtlest hint of tart cherries that makes it weirdly excellent. On the other hand, there are also hints of oxidation and metal on the back end which detract. I have no idea if this would have been great fresh-- well look at that, itís a twist-off cap.
M: This is incredibly soft, yet with a pleasantly clean and dry finish. Low carbonation suits the feel and the flavors quite well.
O: This...has aged well. YMMV, because it does taste like itís going through an infection. And itís pretty oxidized. Drink íem now or end up with a cardboard-laden mess. Regardless, this one was quite enjoyable, warts and all.
Imaena (1928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and Draft. Got this when it came out and was disappointed. Too thick and cloying even for a style know for these traits. Not Gearyís best effort. Stick to the HSA.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured maroonish with not much of a head, but good lacing. smelled sweet toffee caramel and malts. tasted about the same pretty good
beerfest5 (1197) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from JJ. Poured a translucent black into a tulip glass. Aroma is of dark fruit and brown sugar, Some butter notes, and a little vanilla, taste is the same with a little abv burn at the end, finish is buttery goodness.
Niko100 (2125) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, & chocolate; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, syrup, and spice; Nicely balanced; Overall, not that complex - but decent.
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black. Light smoky-sweet aroma. Flavor is of deep roasty malts. Well balanced. Not overly sweet. A bit of an alcohol burn on the backside. Warming. Lingering roasty finish.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to Danny, pours light brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel malt and peppery hops. Flavor is big red soda, lots of peppery hops and toffee. Not that bad.
Cavie (3893) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle courtesy of Daniel Rowland. Look him up on google. Pours a dark ruddy brownish red color with a tannish style head. Aroma is....ok so hereís the deal. I was drinking this at frattos and then some folks drove into the park after hours to have sex. Me and pikapp327 dumped ours in the park and ran. Iíll just assume this was awful.
Fratto (2700) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Cavie. Brownish pour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla and light grain. Taste is burned, ash, chocolate, caramel, and an awkward finish.
drowland (6530) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
5/8/11. 12oz bottle. Dark brown pour (clear red when held to light) under a thick, creamy tan head. Sweet caramel aroma with a big touch of metal. Bitter metallic and medicinal flavor with lingering caramel and a hint of smokey band-aid. Blech.