cstuartj (1000) - Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark hazy brown. Big thick cream colored head. Nose is malty and sweet. Taste of malts, roast and sweet Carmel.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(1l bottle) deep brown/black with very little head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is roast malt, dark fruits. Not really an ESB.
Ughsmash (7172) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Giant wax-covered flip-top (stop doing that!).. dated 9/26/08. Poured medium garnet with a fluffy, sticky cap of dark tan head.. looked great! The aroma picked up redder fruits, biscuits, and brown sugar, accented by spicy earth and more residual brown sugars.. sweet overall and well-balanced. The flavor had raisins, other dark fruits, and bread at the core.. fruity vinegar tartness was laced throughout.. brown sugar and toffee were scattered around the edges.. finished warm and a bit sour, too heavy to be refreshing. Medium-bodied with only OK balance on the palate (not sure if the tartness was supposed to be there).. lots of residual graininess and warmth on the finish.. this was most certainly solid, but it showed age and was likely better a year ago.
travita (4109) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to mar. The smell is fruits, plum, prunes, and alcohol. The look is amber in color with a beige colored head. The taste is sweet, fruits, plum, and alcohol.
thirdeye11 (5618) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
( 1L flip-top bottle dated 9/25/2008 thanks to mar) Pours chocolate brown with nice oily bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, alcohol, sweet gains and quite complex. Taste is sweet malts, alcohol, and fruity. Loved this beer.
beerbill (3503) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 litre bottle. Pours a deep dark reddish brown with glints of ruby when held against sunlight with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Heavy aroma of malt with notes of caramel, molasses and plums. The flavor is not quite as intense as the aroma nor as sweet with malt, molasses, plums and a bit of coffee. Moderate bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied and a little sticky on the palate, which I thought fit this beer just fine. Good stuff!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark mahogany color with a full puffy brown head. Nice hoppy chinook aroma with a malty caramel note similar to the regular. The body is bitter and there’s a bit more going on in the hop department but this seems like maybe a 1.25 X bitch creek, not XX. Bitch creek is great and this is up there too though. I’m just always disappointed with the hype in the XX series.
jake65 (2708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks ditmier. One of the most beautiful pours I have ever seen... Dark auburn with a mountain of thick, creamy nutmeg colored head. Aroma is rich with sweet caramel, citrus, and floral hops. First sip is a smooth and mellow malty blend with faded hops. Some piney notes and earthiness before a lingering floral bitter tail. Still, quite smooth. Kinda has some chocolate in teh back... Great balance and blend, truly one of the better GT brews sampled to date.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to mar. Dark brown pour with a brown head .Aroma was woody, sweet malts, dark fruits, yeasty. Flavor was dark fruits, toffee, caramel and a hint of hoppiness.
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/25/08 bottle thanks to my brother. chocolate with ruby hints and a cream head. nose is piney hops with a solid caramel backbone. very nice on the palate with a flavor of caramel, piney hops and vanilla.