JDBaker11058 (1442) - Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: dark purplish brown into a snifter, with a short, creamy light tan head. Aroma: big malty aroma of syrupy dark fruits (plums, prunes, raisins, fig, cherry), cherry pipe tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, caramel, TOFFEE, wood, light smoke, YOWZER. Taste: sweet, with all of the flavors as indicated by the aroma, with the addition of a slightly funky almost Dr Pepper-like note. Finish: cleaner than I expected, with the booze remarkably well hidden and just a smooth, slow reduction of the general sweet, fruity malt notes. Notes: Very interesting ale. Big flavors, pretty rich, but with a surprisingly nuanced and even-handed palate. First exposure to this brewer, and would definitely try another offering. Batch 92. Part of Beerdvent 2014.
BMMillsy (1654) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Big thanks on this one, as it is a long time want. Finally! Batch Number 82 (whatever that means) poured 1/31/15. Pours hearty and thick dark brown, looking almost black as it settles in the glass, with a bit creamy khaki brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, some spicy hops, sweet molasses and caramel, toffee, whoah. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is chocolatey breadyness, peated malts (was not expecting that!), smokey mess mixed with sweet molasses and caramel. Lots going on here, but balanced nicely by the hops and finishes with a light crisp bitterness and light lingering sweetness. Rich body with plus carbonation, lively, yum. Lived up to expectations and included some unexpected flavors win the smokiness/peatyness.
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 90. Consumed in Feb 15. Mid chestnut brown. Aroma leather smoke. Tastes smoke big malt leather.
tourette (219) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. It's all been said before about this beer. A great beer for sure but dare I say overrated? Great and complex flavors. But a bit too far on the sweet side for my tastes and the alcohol is a bit too prominent. That said, I'd drink it all the time if I could get it for 4.75 a pour where I live. Haha
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chinchill (2624) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle (batch 84; 2011) poured dark reddish-brown with a good head.
Wonderful aroma. Given the aroma, the flavor is initially disappointing but it finishes strong and leaves a great aftertaste. Good complexity. ABV partially hidden.
Smooth, medium-full body.
furthur (325) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at share, 2014, mahogany brown body, some head, light lace. Aroma raisin and fruit. Taste is raisin and fig, dates, roasted barley. Palate is rich, carbonation good. Overall this is stunning.
bchifley (1) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best non wood aged beers. Just gets better with time. I have tasted no other beer like it.
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle during (mostly) Hair of the Dog beers tasting. Many thanks again Jef!
Side by side comparison of batch #74 and batch #82
#74 = 4,1
APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, almost no head.
NOSE: chocolate, little smoked, malts.
TASTE: chocolate, balanced, coffee, mocha, nice.
#82 = 3,9.
APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, nice stable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, peated, some mint.
TASTE: smoked, peated, chocolate, very nice. Though dislike the peated effect of this one a little...
JefVerstraete (1883) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade. Shared @ HOTD tasting. Dark brown, thin layer of foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of dark fruit with a subtle peaty tang. Sweet with light bitter finish. We opened a batch 74 and a batch 85. The 74 was more flat and almost no smoke left. 85 was more lively and complex.
stevencon (501) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Tyler! Deep chocolate brown off white head. Chocolate roast light smoke tobacco port brown sugar liquorice. Complex beer with an excellent warming feeling. Great cold weather beer.