Concealer (646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Opaque caramel brown with a frothy tan head that last on the sides and laces. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, raisins, light nut and light coco. Flavor is malt, caramel, dark fruit and light nutty notes. Medium bodied, slight bitter finish with a lingering caramel.
nimbleprop (4198) - 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.
nealblind (512) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cloudy brown tight tan head. Aroma of soy, malt, alcohol, raisins. Tastes of prunes, whole wheat toast, nutmeg. Thereís a bitter finish that may come from the hops or spices itís hard to tell. Creamy slightly sticky palate. I liked it! Better than any other goose island Iíve had.
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess this is Goose Islandís take on something like Anchor Our Special Ale. It pours a red brown color w/ a ring of fine-bubbled head. This smells of plums and gingerbread. This is a full bodied beer w/ a thick, sticky malt presence that drinks much bigger than even itís fairly high, over eight percent alcohol level. Ordinarily, a beer this sweet, Iíd just hate but it works here because the sweetness seems to be there w/ the purpose of emphasizing the malt character and adding body to lend the beer to slow sipping. Thereís really a lot going on when you take time to examine it too: tons of different aspects to the fruit, firm and herbal hop bitterness and very noticeable but not overbearing spice presence. I do not think this is one Iíd want to drink a six pack of but a tall glass of it goes down pretty well for such a thick brew.
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep, dark red color ... thin but thickly built head of rich, off-tan foam. The aroma is actually fairly restrained ... a bit of caramel malt is all that it hints at. But this drinks with a rich, sugary swill ... brown sugar, biscuit, malt, sweet corn syrup. Rich and thick. A sipper at best. (#5480, 4/5/2014)
jb (2056) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a stunning looking beer. Dark auburn/orange, very murky, nice clean lacing pattern. Nose is malt dominated with nuttiness, caramel and fruit. Palate is malty and sweet, barley-ish, a bit of bubblegum, a bit of alcohol to balance the sweetness. Thick mouthfeel. Nice.
CpyNPrnT (214) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer for cold temperatures. Nice caramel sweetness with lots of alcohol. I donít mind alcohol presence;this was a good beer for me!
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from KNB NC: Poured a muddy brown liquid that was completely opaque while a short lived fizzy foam cap quickly retreated. Aroma smells of an old gloopy malt mess( I am drinking this late winter/early spring), but does have some scents still hanging around that hint as to how this will taste. The drink delivers what my nose detected with rich sweet deep caramel malts that swerve up well considering the long term shelf-life, but the cool fridges at Keg-N-Bottle has done them well.
iceman15658 (118) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle to pint.glass. Deep brown pour with a small beige head. Aroma had a slight molasses hint. Taste was a bit sweeter than I thought but was a nice beer
SHIG (3447) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a chalky floaty filled brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet stick malt and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit with prunes, dates, molasses, and candy malts.
commonshawn (264) - - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy red brown. Little head. Dark fruit yeast aroma. Malt and yeast, with caramel notes and some sour. I expected a more traditional brown ale ,but tasted similar to a red Belgian for me...even if not as good. Better than I had hoped.