STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage -11.2 oz. bottle - color of black , tan thin head - nose of prunes , leather , angave (tequila) , seaweed , rootbeer and malts – taste of portish , prunes , brown sugar , over ripe yellow apples and – body creamy slightly acidic and carbonated – aftertaste of apples and charred wood
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours an opaque dark brown with a lasting tan head. Full body. Roasty malt in the nose and taste, with a touch of chocolate. Bitter finish builds a bit as the beer warms up.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with stoutlover72, Thanks! Pours a dark brown almost black, with a smallish tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet roasted malts. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, some tartness. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Good.
richard (3) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I purchased this at Lukas Liquor in St. Louis after searching southern IL without any luck. Harsh flavor at first; bitter but sweet; heavy in alcohol.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. I actually find this to be a better beer than the Special Reserve version. The unbalanced whisky flavor is not present in this one and the big chocolate taste can develop into its own. Has a high level of sweetness, but the malt sugar is kept in check with the roasted body well. This may be the only example that I know of where the barrel conditioning hurts the beer.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
faint smell of smoke, powerfull palate, metallic taste, some bitterness and some sweetness
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle from wheninhell - thanks Andy! Pours black with a brown head. Nice, sweet, roasty malt nose, touches of raisin. Bittersweet chocolate flavors, lightly roasty malt. A bit of peat shows up in the finish. Nice, but could be bigger.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rather dark, almost black, topped off with a large thick dark tan head. Smells thick (!) roasted malts by the bagful, coffee, espresso, cocoa, smoke and just the hint of coriander in the nose. Taste is very malty, a pleasure of malts, chocolate and just some winter fruits. Lasts well in the mouth, little bit bitter. Just a bit straightforward and inoffensive. Excellent, but no real surprises - does what it says on the tin.
POD (198) - USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m on a roll selecting good after dinner beers lately. This one was a suprise that I picked up in a Beers from around the World sampler. Bottle claims the recipe is Celtic. Pour is dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is mostly malt. The taste is bitter. I taste carmel, cooking chocolate, and something tart on the verge of sour. All flavors are well balanced. Good beer.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-black body with a creamy, smoky-tan head. Small amount of lacing – sticks to glass. Nose of roasted toffee with a touch of chocolate. Rich flavor: malts, caramel, some hops and a bit a unsweetened cocoa. Finish is slightly sour.