fluffy (800) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle to tulip glass. brick red color with foamy head. taste of cocoa, dark dried fruits like raisin and dates. finish is buttery and clean. good balanced malt. great stuff.
Xstream (98) - - MAY 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper brown with an off-white head. Has a plum and date flavor profile. But itís a bit one-dimensional and lacks some additional rich flavors to make it really stick out. Itís surprisingly refreshing though considering the ABV. But itís mostly a sugary alcohol flavor with some plum, but still a good drink.
koppertone (26) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice plum like aroma. Pours with a thick head and a pleasant and light amount of carbonation. Difficult to taste the alcohol. This is a very sweet beer, a bit too sweet for my liking. Almost tastes like port. Pleasant aftertaste. I might stash this for special occasions like a family dinner but overall itís too sweet for me to have on hand for any regular occasions.
angelkostvo (267) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby color with huge beige head. Aroma of mandarins, plums, molasses, cheese, basement, some booze, raisins, vanilla, rape bananas. Taste is medium sweet with a lot of fruity flavor. Medium body, stick texture, flat to to soft carbonation. Itís hard to say that is 10,5% ABV, its so nicely balanced and smooth.
Unm4rk3d (30) - Bowen Hills, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice beer. Translucent Brown/dark red in appearance. Very sweet, smelling of toffee and raisin. Taste is not as sweet as its aroma puts forth. In fact has a mild sweetness but a very strong alcoholic after taste, which stays on well after the sip.
Bif (1023) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany color with a big creamy head that fades slowly to good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, spice, bit of caramel sweetness, with a hint of alcohol. Taste of roasted malt, a mild caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish with just a bit of lingering spice. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very good balance. Has a warming feeling. Very enjoyable beer. Worth checking out.
jstraw (1654) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cider brown with big, foamy, fine bubble, tan head, some legs / Sweet & sour, somewhat nose of sour malt, orchard fruit, dark caramel, tea, oak / Medium to full body, sweet & syrupy, hint of sourness, somewhat cloying with minimal hopping / Very sweet, cooked flavors of turning apple, date, sweet tea, caramel, honey, nut / See Iím disagreeing with 2000 ratings, but this is mediocre at best.
mrhoppy (867) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a deep ruby hue. Very sweet thick, rich, creamy, tan head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good sweet, caramel/toffee aroma, paired with fruity aromas, and peppery alcohol. The plate is firm, with lots of flavors going on. Cocoa and caramelized bananas, toffee, brown sugar, pair with sour big fruity flavors of plum, raisin, and apple. This beer finishes with more excellent sweet sour flavors, then ends with some warming, soothing, alcohol. Super duper delicious. Two of these is perfection.
ajnepple (473) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. Caramel colored and cloudy. The aroma is caramel malts, dark fruits, sugar, light chocolate and light booze. Similar flavor, fairly sweet with a slick smooth feel. Good stuff.
OKplus (355) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Dark brown with ruby highlights. A nice 3 finger tan head with good retention and very nice lacing.
S - Dark fruit, roasted grain, tart apples, dark cocoa, mild spices.
T - It starts sweet with metallic brown sugar, deep chewy malt, boozy dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, and some bitter cocoa then turns tart with green apples, berry fruit. Finishes with a peppery bitterness.
M - Moderate carbonation-almost too much, dry finish, medium bodied due to the carbonation.
This is a different BSDA. I like thatís itís very sweet without being cloying and finishes very dry. Lots of cocoa in there as well.
Serving type: bottle
DanielBrown (3167) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Pub, Leicester, just prior to LCFC beating Watford 1-0 in the play-offs. Fabulous. So smooth - a blend of so many flavours, with nothing taking precedence: that is a success for me. Love the warming notes. Rich sweet malts, with all the other associated notes.