tfratzke (45) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle cellared since 2010. Aroma of caramel and bourbon vanilla. Appearance is a clear ultra dark reddish brown. Taste is toasted caramel, bourbon, some vanilla. Sweet yet pretty good considering it’s age.
rbrazell (1458) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Deep murky brown pour with a small tan head. Nose is full of toasted bread, toffee, caramel, dark fruits and earthiness. Flavor is similar with a low carbonation and balanced thick body. Pretty good with the age on it.
jbruner (2009) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper from the bottle with thin filmy tan. head that sticks lightly. Aroma is heavy wood, toasted caramel, dark fruitiness, and a hint of booze. Taste follows, wood is mellowed by the intense sweet maltiness, lots of dark fruit and toffee that lingers. Good stuff.
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Ben and Greg’s apartment. 2009 Vintage from Dan’s basement. Pours a dark orangish brown appearance with a thin tan head. Somewhat oxidized, kind of smoky, caramel, burnt aroma. Toffee, brown sugar, meaty smoky, light oxidized flavor. I was expecting the worst but this isn’t bad at all.
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, sweet, carmelly beer. Pours brown with good head. Big malt, slight roast, good full finish without being heavy. I think it’s good for the style, just not my favorite category.
jcos (1449) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle on January 26th, 2013 during day 2 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of light caramel.
Taste: Caramel malt, faint hop, faint smoke.
Palate:Medium light body
Summary: Thanks Ben for bringing this one! Really enjoyed it, nice balance.
tomciccateri (988) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
1 liter brown swingtop bottle. Dense brown with white head. Smokey malty aroma. Full body with big malty flavor. Slightly sweet flavor balance. Nice.
kwoeltje (2211) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - 2009 release) deep brown, hints of red, light brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, some dark fruit. Flavor is sweet roast malt, caramel, some smoke.
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby-hued edges underneath a small, beige head that’s rather on the sudsy side.
Smell: A grainy edge atop sweetish caramel, figs, and, oddly enough, a hint of orange peel. Moistened cardboard and spirits round out the Sheep Eater.
Taste: A similar grainy start to the taste, some caramel brushed toast slices, and that papery, oxidized element jumping right in. Lightly fruity. Some alcohol hints, seemingly more than one would expect given the listed ABV percentage. Faint spiciness, some curious woodsy tones, and a smidgen of peat. All these things are butting their heads, disjointedly vying for your attention in finish. It culminates into just an odd taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Overall: He’s dead, Jim.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: June 26, 2011
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: rich sweet malt aroma, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, touch of peaty smokeyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4