jbruner (2715) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to prufrockstar! Pours a hazy brown with fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is actually big hop up front, vegetal pine with a big malty backbone. Taste is nicely balanced American strong ale with a great hoppy middle and the alcohol amazingly well hidden. Wow, amazing.
alliance100 (877) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours a deep amber color . Taste is sweet , grainy with a solid smokiness . Really enjoyed this one .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sulawang (671) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Pours deep dark brown with a fantastic huge foam and lasting head, thick sticky lacing, some micro CO2 activity near the surface. Beautiful.
Nose: faint dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate, roastedness, and brown sugar. (lvl-3)-pungency
Attack: dense liquid malt sweetness
Mid-palate: thick-bodied, creamy-light fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, brown sugar/caramel malts, figs, leather
Finish: medium booziness, light roasted coffee, persistent malty sweetness, soft hopped bitterness, lingering sweet-bitter finish.
Summary: A robust, full-bodied ale with a very dark malty character. Well executed but no unique flavours particularly stood out.
ARH (664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 Poured into a sampler stemmed tulip from a tap. Dark fruity aromas of figs and cherries come through on the nose along with chocolate and some smokiness. There’s also slight leather and a light woodiness in there. It pours a near opaque brown red color with a tan, creamy head. A thick ring is retained with a fuzzy surface. It leaves a light, runny and streaky lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium bitter. The full body had an oily texture and a soft, fuzzy carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, dark cherries, and citrus are all preseny with a peppery spice kick at the finish. Dark chocolate and citrus hang around in aftertaste.
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thick layer of tan head. Aroma is sweet with boozy hints. Taste is at first overly carbonated but quickly mellows to a booze, chocolate, malty taste.
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"a good brew. nose is sweet with a slightly too strong alcohol presence, also apparent in the flavor. sweet, malty, and strong. not balanced enough and just a touch too harsh for me, but i can appreciate that it’s a well made beer. re-rate: 2008 batch sampled 3-09 @Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium Pub. way more smoke in the flavor than last time i had it. still. aroma was malty, peet & chocolate. lots of smoke in flavor, with more chocolate and a drier hoppy finish. better than last time...score adjusted
keeps growing on me!
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured pitch black with a cream colored head that lasted for 5 minutes. Smelled of caramel, alcohol, raisins, and chocolate. Tasted of chocolate and smoke. Surprisingly light for a 10% beer. The bottle was over a year old, so the beer was relatively smooth. Definitely want to buy and age some more of these.
jsnicholas (302) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 12 oz $7): dark brown with nice two finger head. Sweet, Carmel. A little burnt. Very tasty.
RussianDragon (565) - - SEP 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, Batch 72 is 2008 vintage. Pours a clear dark brown with light passing as maroon on the rim of the glass. A thick beige head gradually fades to a creamy wisp and lasting thick edge head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is warm and inviting: peated malt, brown sugar, slight spice complexity, wet tobacco sweetness, dark fruits, and an overall pleasant lightly smoked sweet complexity. Flavor is initially smoked malt, with a balanced sweetness that is beyond description. Many different flavors meld seamlessly - toffee, leather, figs and other dark fruits. Alcohol is well masked for 10%. Medium bodied, full carbonation, and sweet complex malty finish.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No idea how old this bottle is but I am getting some slight oxidation in the nose. Brown, slight head. Loads of raisins in the aroma, dried fruits, malts. Very rich and malty. Full bodied. Good stuff