tmoreau (2445) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2014 Shared 16 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a hazed, copper color, with a modest, off white layer of head foam, and wavy lacing. The nose was spice, and fruit with tropical notes as mango, and some pit fruit. Medium+ bodied, the taste was candy-like that thankfully faded some, managed the alcohol quite well, but still remained a little too sweet for me at the finish. Shared another 16 oz. bottle with beer friends, and this time, picked up on additional aroma notes that were floral, and as red licorice. Still a bit too sweet for me.
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
One pint bottle picked up in Wisconsin - I think there are ratings for multiple versions of this beer under this entry - for example, previous ratings mention.cherries and barrel-aging - these are clearly not the case with this bottle in front of me - anyway - lightly hazy light ruby - thick, soapy lace - nose is fairly sweet, but has inviting, complex aromatics - raisin, fig, date, treacle, clove, light pepper, cinnamon - low carbonation, watery texture - flavor is a let down given the aroma - very sweet, with a lot of alcohol presence (not just the heat, but the actual flavor of the alcohol) - moderate bitterness - some raisin, treacle - just a hot, sweet mess that almost tastes like someone dumped cheap vodka into a lower abv beer.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Pours a cloudy light amber color with a small cap of head. Nose is of sweet malts, sweet light fruits and maple syrup. Taste is of spicy yeast, sweet fig, lots of residual sugar, fruit and cherry brandy. Hot and thin finish throws off the balance a bit. Otherwise it’s OK.
nuplastikk (4434) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Old Fashioned. Hazy amber-orange body, rising carbonation bubbles. Thin, oily head. Big, sweet, rich, lots of what I would assume is candi sugar. A sugar cinnamon edge cools down the alcohol. A little odd, imperfect creature, but OK..especially for a 2 dollar pint. Sort of tastes like someone dropped malt extract in a fermenter and carbonated it. Smooth and sweet, but just too big for it’s own good. The caramel sweetness is overbearing. Not offensive, just overly sweet and sugary. Nutmeg, light clove. Odd malt extract fraud.
DrSilverworm (6469) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served in a tulip for $7.75 on tap at Cock & Bull. Mostly clear red / brown color. Good thin off-white head. Cherry aroma. Bigger body, light carbonation. Sweet taste, kind of cloying in the finish. Good lace. Bigger body, smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of creamy, almost. Light nuttiness. Tastes odd to me, but gets a bit better as it warms up
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Old Fashioned. Clear copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, booze and sweet malt. This one was too sweet and tough for me to stomach, something just wasn’t right here. Alcohol, cherry juice, sugar, caramel and mild oak. I generally like Hinterland’s brews but couldn’t finish this one.
Ughsmash (7145) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hinterland - Milwaukee. Poured cloudy medium amber with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet raisins, molasses, and caramel with lovely dark fruit, black pepper, and clovey yeast around.. sweet, Port-like warmth rounded it out.. really nice. The flavor found dark fruit, raisins, wildflower honey, and Port at the core, with black pepper, slightly tart dark fruit skins, banana, and cloves laced throughout.. finished spicy, warm, and long, with rich vinous notes and peppery yeast. Heavier-bodied with slow-rolling transitions through the palate.. sweet overall, but with good yeasty impressions cutting through when they needed to.. engaging.. excellent brew!
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at el Bait Shop. A deep copper body is topped with a light khaki head. The nose is herbal with caramel and peanuts. The taste has lots of sweet caramel and herbs, like basil. There is also a warming booze kick in the finish. Extremely sweet, this is not for me. There is nothing to balance out the teeth enamel stripping sweetness. Imagine eating caramel doused in straight white sugar with basil thrown on top.
arkurzynski (1526) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pre-GTMW at the Tipsy Cow. Deep mahogany in color. Aroma is a mixed bag of fruit, syrup, and mild spice - apricot, pear, cherry, faint mango. Flavor starts almost cloyingly sweet with dark fruits, cherry, pear, biscuit, and toasted malts and finishes dry. Quite complex, but a bit too sweet out of the gate for me.
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 Pours a plum hue with a medium white head. Smells of plum and some banana. Taste is creamy and thick fruity flavors with a smooth move off the tongue with a sweet aftertaste. Enjoyed at the Tipsy Cow in Madison on the eve of GTMW.
I also sampled the Grand Cru at GTMW 2012 in a barrel with Montgomery Cherries. Poured a dark amber/red with carbonation and a scant white head. The smell was of bourbon and cherries. The taste was strongly of port and bourbon with a mildly metallic aftertaste. Good for sipping - this one packed a punch!