sfontain (793) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, $7.99/6 pack at Kroger. Deep ruby-brown with a frothy-to-fizzy tan head that dissipates into nothing; no lacing. Aroma is deep malts, dark red fruits, and chocolate. Flavor adds notes of brown sugar and maybe toffee; finish is a little bready. Substantial mouthfeel; a little oily and slick, generous frothy carbonation, and quite stick. These aren’t kick-your-ass flavors, but this also isn’t exactly "mild" at the same time. One of Goose Island’s best six-pack offerings.
decaturstevo (4914) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is sweet malt with some dark fruity esters with a touch of hops. Sweet malt with a rasiny/date flavor. A touch of abv warmth with an ok bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. pretty nice
Niko100 (1934) - Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, & some spice; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, and fruit; Warm finish; Not too bad.
generallee08 (589) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: It has a hazy brownish mahogany color with a tall slow fading head on top. This head is creamy light tan in color makes cool lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is an odd mix of overly sweet malt, spices, hops and orange peel.
Taste / Palate: Just the the aroma the taste is an odd mix up of flavors. I get a heavy sweetness from the malt with notes of brown sugar, sweet bread and molasses. This is cut with harsh orange rind/pith like bitterness and spice. To me nothing is working well with each other and I ended up drain pouring the last half of this beer.
Bricks (581) - Delaware, USA - MAY 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance of muddy iced tea. Aroma of a barley wine... sweet malt. Taste is smooth, with a hint of ’wild’.... maybe a touch of straw. A little thin. It’s not great, but not bad.
cards04 (1628) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brew. Enjoyed at a dive bar in warroad minnesota. Nice malty aromas, chocolate, yeast, vanilla, spices, booze. Strong yeast and brown bread flavors. Fall spices, chocolate. Strong and good.
mikelahr (1) - Bordentown, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full palate, earthy, dark malts, toasted bread and toffee taste, creamy with active carbonation. Dark amber-to-brown body and with a nice creamy, frothy tan head.
rxeight (1216) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a slight hint of red. This is sort of a strong brown ale with a hint of cranberry. Decent stuff. But where this one really shines is in the price. I got a case at costco for something like $23. 8% beer for a buck a bottle? And brewed at Chicago Goose. Sign me up.
OleR (4787) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear dark ruby-red pour, topped by a mostly diminishing sand-colored head. Refined sweet nutty malts hit the nose at first. Then some fine tones of dark dried fruits, toffee, hops, and English licorice. Medium full. Light sparkling mouthfeel. Taste is sourish-sweet, with nutty malts, mild roast, dark dried fruits and some coffee tones. Good balancing bitterness with soil and citrus. Finishes on the lighter sweet malty side, along with a lingering bitterness. A pretty good one. [From a 12 fl oz bottle]
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish-brown pour with tan head. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, spice. Nice lacing. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
nimbleprop (4593) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy, copper amber with some creamy white head. Nose has a lot of toffee, raisin, malt, mild spice, orange, yeast, a little booze. Flavor is the same, toffee, raisin, mild bread, orange, spice, a bit of Belgian yeast. Clean finish. Messy.