poisoneddwarf (1982) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Bottled 8/23/12. Pours murky brown with a medium dark beige head that collapses after a few minutes; leaves nice lace. Aroma is strong in caramel; there’s also burnt toast, floral notes. It’s very aromatic but it doesn’t smell like my cup of tea--smells like a malt bomb. Taste is sweet and roasty with some bitterness in the finish. Taste is somewhat similar to Arrogant Bastard and other beers of that ilk. I’m getting strong anise in the lingering finish. Alcohol presence is strong--tastes much stronger than 7.5%. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation soft to medium. It’s a respectable brew, but not really my thing.
AWISLguy (1827) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bomber from Sonoma Cellars in Oconomowoc. Dated 8/23/2012 on the bottle. Pours garnet colored with reddish highlights. Off-tan head that lasts and lasts - down completely through the glass there still is some head. Terrific lacing still sticking to the top in strings as I reach the bottom. Aroma has reddish fruits, pine, spices and sweet choco/caramel. Taste is very hop-forward with sweet fruits, pine and citrus. Major malt backbone awaiting in the middle with a tangy spicyness. An almost lemony bitter taste at the end. Wonderfully complex in both smell and taste. Finishes hoppy bitter and malty sweet, with a bit of a tang. Very enjoyable AM STR.
stchloe (896) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Um yes please. Beautiful burgundy pour, light head with a slight oatyness balance out by the alcoholic body and nice bitter profile. Yes please ESB.
boozedude (2208) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Red pour.. taste is decent... mslty lught fruit in the back... sone hints of caramel...not again :\
kaser (4181) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red pour from the tap. Medium white head. Brown sugar and sweet aroma. Interesting full taste. Would try again. Weird
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bytemesis (4750) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours clear ruby red brown with a small beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, bread, and a bit of grass. Flavor is about the same with notes of port and molasses and a lightly bitter finish.
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GABF on Thursday October 11, 2012
Dark brown color, brown head. Sweet, hoppy scent. Sweet, hoppy taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
SSSteve (3972) - - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big bottle. 2012. dark, muddy, brown with a small, tan head. fudge, burnt caramel, toast with earthy, forest floor hop notes. flavor has lots of caramel with piney and earthy hops. full bodied. quite sweet but balanced with a big warmth. a big old beer with no particular style, but quite a treat.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, what a great beer. Pours the color of a porter and not an ESB. The flavor is mild but rich. Malty with a complement of earthy hops. No one attribute dominates, but is balanced by the others. I will definitely buy this again if I see it.
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber brown appearance. Alcohol, dark fruit, burned bread in the flavor. Sweet bread aroma.