michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, burnt caramel, slight bread, and slight dark ripe fruit. Poured brown/deep amber/ruby/cherry-wood in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that diminished a little but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, burnt caramel, raisins, slight dark ripe fruit, slight hops, light brown sugar, and slight molasses. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, burnt caramel, light hop, finish is slightly dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A re-brew from He-Brew! Pours clear deep brown to black. Medium tan head, spotty lacing, to good. Nose is dates or raisins, some light coffee, and vague roast. Flavours are roasty and creamy, some fruity notes. Okay.
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5th April 2009
Very dark brown beer. Palate slightly dry. Malt dominated - smooth with chocolate and coffee. After 4.5 years the hops have died back - just a little hop bitterness at the end. A tasty malty beer!
deyholla (7635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark hazy brown with a grayish brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet dark grains, sweet dark bread, molasses and a bit of sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor started with sweet dark grains/bread and was joined by molasses and sweet chocolate in the finish. Quite smooth.
DuffMan (7561) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, as part of the resurrected 8-pack series of anniversary ales. Hearty very dark brown pour, medium light golden head. Sweet aromas of burnt sugar, molasses, prunes. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, gentle carbonation. Generously malted, with roasty elements playing off a molasses and dark caramel backbone, nuances of prunes, vanilla, spices. The hops here are subdued, but there is a mild bitterness in the finish to offset the sweeter profile. I really like this series in general, as the flavour profile is right in my wheelhouse, and I find it interesting to have the opportunity to experience the evolution of this concept from one year to the next.
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from re-release. Pours nearly opaque, almost black with a hint of reddishness while pouring. Medium tan head that manages to linger for a bit. Aroma is hints of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee, subtle on all counts but nice. Mouthfeel is very creamy, a bit thin, a bit sweet at first with a mild to moderate bittering on the finish. There’s a Belgian yeast character on the finish, sort of a tart fruitiness that makes this one interesting. Drinks a bit like a dubbel, now that I think of it, with less intensity on the malt side and more intensity on the hop side. Pretty good overall.
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating from bottle 2010/11 8-14 gift pack. I think this "vertical" is a cool idea. Very dark brown liquid allows almost no light through. Lasting thin brown head and lacing. Complex malty scent with notes of bark, dark fruit, blackstrap molasses and hops. Tasty, smooth, malty body with strong bark, a bit of spruce, some sweetness, a hint of cocoa and spice. Alcohol is kept well in check. A nice start to the series.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma carries a depth of hops and malts that lets you know this is a brewers beer and not one for the masses; thick and syrupy there’s plenty of hops and sweetness and it’s heavy, all the better to cover up the % with, my dear! Pours with a great thick cream head, fades down after a min or two, very dark in the glass but I could see the browns as I poured it out. The sweetness is even with the malt flavour, the hops do come one but not like you’d expect when you read 8 kinds. It’s hoppy but not bitter. Well it does last on the tounge for a bit but any beer this thick is going to do that for a little while, there’s some coffee in there too.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a cola black with a off white head. Nose is very sweet, with notes of burnt sugar. Taste is alcohol up front and burnt sugar on the back end. Taste is like alcoholic soda on the tongue; interesting, good one time try.
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a thin beige head, looks pretty carbonated. Aroma is on the sweet side, hints of caramel, toastiness. Flavor is on the sharp alcohol side but with a bitter sweet finish. Not bad, lacking slightly in body for a beer of this strength.