Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 version. Pours from the bottle a deep ruby red color with a tall, frothy light tan head. Aroma is extremely complex with a huge malt profile, Merlot nose with a slight smokey, rye spiciness. Hops adds some citrus, grassy and pine character to the beer. Flavor is very smooth with a lot of residual sweetness. The rye lends a strong character to this brew and melds well with the citrus, grassy and pine hops character of the beer. Body is hefty with a low amount of carbonation that really makes it feel sugary and thick. Overall a very good brew. The age is starting to creep a bit into the flavor. Sweetness is a bit much for me but doesn’t detract from the flavor as the rye spice and very light smoke help to take the edge off of it. If Brach’s candy made a beer candy, this is what I hope they would aim to get.
tightslice (773) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is strong fruit (apple, pear) and caramel. A tad sweet but incredible mouthfeel and the right amount of rye and hoppy bitterness.
spkevin (433) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Borefts ’15. Notes from then: Sweet! Lots of candy notes. Syrup. Like it a lot!
RRistow12 (609) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a murky dark orange with white head. Nice strong aroma is brown sugar, caramel, some fruits. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet with a little alcohol burn. Flavors of brown sugar, biscuits, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Big tasty beer.
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Temptation (257) - - FEB 9, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very great beer, plenty of flavour and aroma to raw grain, brown sugar, biscuit and a slight bitter hint, which balances to the perfection.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1677 - #CBC2015 - Beer 62 - On tap at HOTD w/ Ferris. Hazy brassy coloured pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is sweet sweet citrus and honey - mango, peach, vanilla. Taste is an alcoholic hoppy punch, lots of IBUs tempered with sweetness, and a ton of alcohol on the palate, but not thoroughly undisguised. Just a big bold beer for flavour-lovers. Awesome.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4173) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hair of the Dog Fred on tap at Imazato. A mellow brassy gold. A juicy fresh orange citrus aroma easily to confuse with an IPA. The taste is malty and gives a sort of caramel spread and orange blossoms flavor. After the hoppy bouquet the more malt forward flavor caught me by surprise. This is a damn solid beer and in no way reveals it’s huge 10% ABV. Had some in a snifter and it totally boosted the taste.
mrjez (347) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Imazato. Poured a bright orange gold, pretty clear. A difficult aroma to pin down, lots going on - dense hop mix, floral, strong grassy and earthy notes. Nothing feels out of place not overpowering. The flavour gives a sharp booze feel with a tonne of citrus, kind of like a liqueur, but this is carried by a medium body with an effervescent feel. Interesting stuff. A sipper, with plenty of flavour to take in. We all shared a glass of the start of the tap, which was filled with sediment, very cloudy, and it had a remarkable funky yeast, rye, and hop aroma. Makes me wanna try a bottle so I can measure my pour to mix some of this in.
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - JAN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aged for at least 3 years. pours clear golden with thin white head, it has big bready aroma with hint of spice. it tastes medium sweet, sour, and finishes bitter. full bodied.
MattH (747) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Aroma is a ton of peach. Taste is peach and pine. Finish is bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky.
k0mpsa (2287) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from el cerrito market and liquor. Copper color with almost no head. Aroma has sweet caramel notes, suryp, sugar, plums. Low carb, very sweet, caramel, raisins, suryp. Little carbonation would make this better.