Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Dutchís Bar & Bottle Shop in Cincinnati, OH. Batch E!014. Pours a lightly hazed, deep ruby-brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big, somewhat sticky caramels and toffees with a bit of a toasty bread and a good amount of fruity hops still giving off some orange citruses and berry fruits despite being dulled by age. A few earthy and raisin notes as well. Flavor is similar. Big, sticky caramels and toffees with a light chocolate note alongside the toasty bread. A nice earthy bitterness comes with a bit of a spiciness to balance the big sweetness. Finishes with some dull citruses and red fruits while staying sweet and slightly sticky, but somewhat dry from a medium-high bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste with a bit of a warming alcohol following a full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this has held up pretty well over the years. The hops have definitely faded, but thereís still a firm enough bitterness to balance the bigger, sticky sweet malts. Enjoyable.
merc7186 (2568) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Great Lacing
S: Dark Malts, Raisins, Sweet Bread
T: Raisins, Dark Fruity Malts, Sweet Bread
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Overall, after almost 5 years, this beer still has a lot of malty kick and sweet boozy flavor...not much left in hops (obviously)
alobar (3101) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown color with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and some pine. Heavy malt flavor with caramel, toffee, dark fruit unfront with a touch of hops at the end. Overall, exceptional beer!
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of the malt I typically associate with red ales, as well as some toffee and grass. The flavor is similar, with a lot of red ale notes, toffee, grass and alcohol. As the beer warms I start to get some cinnamon notes, as well a some pine and resin from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
phaleslu (7546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle I bought somewhere in Cincy in like 2009, I think. This probably came out in 2008, so thatís probably right. This is still on shelves here; not sure if from the original release or if they re-brewed it. Anyway, I finally opened it at Thanksgiving and it pours a hazed brownish amber with an off-white head that settles into a ring and film. The age is there, in the form of an overlying cardboard note, but thereís caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, tobacco and other dried leaves, earth, and pumpernickel toast. Light-medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Not much distinct character to it anymore, and any booze edge is basically gone. Still worth trying, though, and I liked it more than anticipated.
jtclockwork (10888) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with off white head. Nose/taste of rich malt, toffee, grass, sweet sticky caramel and sweet tea. Medium body. Finishes slightly dry and slight grassy/pine. Still very tasty.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body has a deep russet brown color with a deep hazy orange glow when held up to the light. The pour produces a one finger thick white foam head which fades to just a thin film covering. Lacing is minimal, slick and spotty. There are loads of nice citrusy hop notes in the nose as well as a solid base of sweet malt and sweet alcohol. It flavor starts with a deep rich base of sweet malt. It reveals hints of caramel, dark dried fruit and dark alcohol laced cake. This make for nice mellow warmth though out. Hop flavor is also present and adds some mild citrus as well as earthy and spicy bitter notes. The palate has a big full body soft carbonation and firm smooth, almost sticky texture.
TheJester (2175) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Translucent rust in colour with a small beige head. This bottle is a couple of years old. Still smells hoppy, though (high alpha - zeus or simcoe or one of those), along with lots of caramalt. Big, sweet malt profile. There is still some hop flavour, but I suspect that the bitterness has faded. Good example of a great style.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch E!006; Sampled January 2012
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, amber tinged, dirty tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber / plum color that shows a lightly hazed brightly red stained, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lightly aged malt, dark fruit, and aged citrus / berry fruit aromatics (this last seems distinctly like a hop signature). Oxidized, caramelized malt notes lean a bit towards sweet tea (though without the sticky sweetness), definite caramel, toasted-brown-sugar-crusted desert breads and a touch of nuttiness that is even more accentuated by some oxidation character. The hop character here is still quite present, even after four years, though it is certainly greatly diminished it still reminds me of citrus infused berries and ruby red grapefruit.
The beer is fairly sweet tasting, though this is fairly well tempered by a lot of citrus oil hop character, some palate coating hop bitterness and a toasted and nutty / oxidized malt character that comes into its own towards the finish. Flavors reminiscent of caramel soaked grapefruit zest, fresh pine needle syrup, ripe / fresh spruce tips (with that woody / citrus vibrancy). The hop character still has enough vibrancy to them to add a green, almost astringent edge towards the end of each sip, and there is still a lot of fruity hop character here, despite it being obvious that the hop character has been quite reduced since it was fresh. My wife describes the confluence of aged / oxidized malt and hops as smoky, which I can definitely see, but wouldnít have come up with on my own.
This definitely has a nice character to it; it reminds me a lot of an aged bigfoot; it is certainly better fresh for those that are pure hop heads, but this is close to the sweet spot for the oxidized malt yet still fairly aggressive, but greatly mellowed hop character. Actually, as I work my way through the second glass, after the beer has warmed up a fair amount I really start to get a peaty, smoky, umami / not-quite salty character that is definitely noticeable; I would swear that there is some smoked malt in this, but age could have done it, and seems the most likely that this last is the case.
DrSilverworm (8548) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, from Dutchís. Up front, Iím very pleasantly surprised at how much hop character and bitterness still comes through, especially considering that this seems to be a 7 year old bottle (kept in a dark cooler all itís life, Iím pretty sure). Mostly clear red brown color. Nice thin off-white / khaki head. Ropes and bits of lace. Looks good. Nice bigger amount of earthy hops. Bigger bit of caramel malt too, but itís not cloying sweet or anything. Nice amount of dryness. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. A surprising lack of oxidization for itís age. Drinking amazingly well. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kidn fo soft, lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Nice bit of mild fall-type spice to it. Surprisingly solid. It was the last one we had in the cooler, glad I decided to grab it. Iíd wager that of all the bottles of this that still exist, this one has to be one of the ones thatís been kept in the best condition.