douglas88 (5113) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a large beige head. A sweet nutty and fruity nose. A nice flavor; initially quite hot, warmth, rich malty fruit, berries, caramel, sweet hops, lots to like. A bit young and hot, in a year it might be really amazing. Still, a nice brew.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a deep amber, mostly clear with a thinning head. Aroma is fruity esters, big caramel malts, some toffee, big burnt biscuit, more fruit, leather, and herbal hops. Flavor is sugary sweet with caramel malts, toffee, honey, deep toast, light nutty malts, herbal and grassy hops, light flowery note, big fruity esters all around- plums and figs, some peach, earth and leather and a medium drying finish with more mineral prickliness.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle from trade with Suttree: Aroma of caramel, malt, light wood, slight peat, light grain, and slight molasses. Poured deep amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Just a few large particles. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, wood, caramel, light grain, slight peat, slight tobacco, black bread, and a hint of hops. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, wood, caramel, and slight peat finish is a little dry. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bmanning for opening up this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours crimson with a nice light tan head and good lacing. Good retention as well. The nose is really nice with of touch of sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruits and a nice sweetness there as well. Caramel and cherry notes in there, too. The taste is not quite as complex and there is a good amount of bitterness. Medium body and a touch of booze. Slightly creamy. Really nice overall with an incredible nose.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-25-2011
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brusiní Ales, via NachlamSie (Thanks!). Brownish red, decent sized head. Aroma is gingerbread, a hint of cherry, and a woody, oaky note. Flavor is a mix of delicious with a touch of awesome. Specifically, there is a rich bready, malty base that supports notes of oak, cherry, some caramel, some nice mellow hop flavors. Very tasty stuff!
mar (4463) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to travita. deep amber pour with a cream head. nose is thick caramel with some light hops. nice on the palate, smooth caramel flavor with a sweet malty finish.
decaturstevo (4413) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper pour with light tan head and lace. Caramel and bread on the nose. Chicory, sweet malt, caramel and an almost EKG hop flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is meaty with a very rich toffee like malt. The appearance is dark amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma but not meaty its very caramel and toffee like. The palate is thick. Overall this is a good beer I just donít like the aroma.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Tylerís Bottle Shop, Carrboro. Another tasty seasonal from Highland. Very bright mahogany pour, almost lively and youthful looking for an old ale. Moderate carbonation, smallish head. The nose is similarly fresh, an interesting fruity bouquet given what I expect from the style. Medium mouthfeel, a hint of slickness towards the finish. Some depth of character emerges while sipping, with toffee, mild smoke, and some spice coming through, but thereís this fruity overtone throughout, with just a hint of cola. Wish Iíd gotten another to age, as itíll be interesting to see how this changes.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear ruby copper with a 1-2 finger frothy tan head. Nos is sweet, caramel, fruity and raisiny, toffee, chewy, spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet, rich malt, a bit astringent. Palate is warm and spicy and grows to be a bit astringent. This beer starts out nicer than it ends up being.