drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 12oz bottle, 2005 (1 year old). pours a deep mahogony with fluffly head. aroma is simply amazing a roasted caramel with chocolate covered cashews. flavor is reminisent of a BW but more nutty and milk chocolaty. some roasted and oaky flavors too. i really love how this beer ages..3.8.
5/19/07, 2005 vintage, cellar aged approx. 19months. nose is pretty similar to previous rating. the malt just seems to have dropped out a bit and isn’t quite as malty as the previous rating. possibly some subtle oxidation taking in but this really hasn’t improved from at 1 year age. perhaps at 2+ years of age it gets more oxidized and changes a lot, but for now i prefer this beer at 1 year. 8/4/7/4/14=3.6.
11/21/07, 12oz bottle 2005, aged 2 years. this is still holding up but i think it peaked at 1 year. it is sorta sour and not as malty as before.3.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red, clear, medium tan head. Interesting aroma, strong chocolate and caramel. Very inviting, this beer has my interest. Rich, heavy mouthfeel. Velvet on the tounge. Chocolate flavor, fairly bitter, well balanced with just a hint of alcohol. I like this beer very much.
TerryR (390) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber/burgundy color with a tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, malt and hops. Some alcohol also. Flavor is somewhat sweet with carmel and dark fruit notes. Warming alcohol. Some hop balance in the finish. Another winner from an excellent brewery.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice malty and hoppy winter warmer. The aging has made the maltiness very round and the dry American hops (grape fruit) gives a nice dry finish.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber appearance with a tan head. nose is of sweet malts. flavor is dominated by the taste of carmel and chocolate. a mid-taste of hops finished with a strong malty flavor and a tinge of alcohol. good but the sweetness is somewhat overbearing
Svesse (7683) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Dark amber/copper colour with huge, foamy beige head. Very aromatic, spicy nose with notes of toffee, chocolate fudge, brown sugar, caramel, citrus (Seville orange) and citrussy, spicy hops. Complex, spicy taste with chocolate, Seville orange, notes of ginger biscuits and hints of coffee. Long, fiery finish, slightly sweet but well balanced by the nice hoppy character. Complex and warming, lots of character.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber colored, little light brown head. Caramel, licorice, plenty of bitter hops in aroma, notes of alcohol come up also. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is richer with caramelly, sweet, hopped and licoricy tones, mild alcohol also with some vinous touch. Aftertaste lasts with bitter hops and warming alcohol. Crispy palated.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Beautiful dark brown/amber color. Small tan head. The taste was mildly malty, nutty, carame, and roasted. Great beer, smooth on the palate with just the right amount of balance. Better then I expected. Great beer!!
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. brown clear pour with big frothy tan head. roasted nut, sour malt, mild spice aroma. rich palate follows the aroma. full bodied. really a full malt flavor that you don’t find to often. alcohol well hidden.
wxman (1706) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark amber/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is chocolate and spice. Taste is chocolate, dried fruit, and hops along with even some licorice. Very good and well balanced. Not much alcohol detected.