marcus (6018) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours with a disappearing tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich smoked malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter brandy finish.
kramer (4690) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear light brown body under a small fizzy beige head that quickly fell to a thin ring. The nose is lightly brown ale like with some nutty and light chocolate notes, just a little hint of brandy barrel character. The flavor is on the sweeter side, the brandy barrel notes come out a bit stronger in the flavor along with some light oak notes. Not really sure how a 50-50 blend of a Cream Ale and a Brown Ale gets you to 9.3%, but whatever I guess. A little bit of warmth on the back end, but not especially boozy. On the thinner side for such a big beer, lots of fizzy carbonation. Lingering oak flavors. Interesting beer, but not something that I’d seek out for a second go around.
mikedR (936) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Diggin this. A really nice medley of flavors. I'm not a huge brown ale guy, and it's amazing how the blend with the cream ale adds all that is usually lacking in that style.
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Barreras (849) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a brown sugar color. Taste is distinctly oak and brandy. A hint of brown sugar is also evident. More brown ale than cream, a good flavor for a strong ale that lingered just long enough on the palate.
DrSilverworm (5029) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, thanks to caterwaul. Shared. Hazy clear brown orange red color. Thin khaki head, solid lace. Medium to bigger body. Lighter carbonation, but kind of rough, with a light bite. Lightly slick finish. Moderate bitter taste, light bite, light sweet. Not terribly smooth, or as full bodied as it could be. Interesting aroma. Lightly fruity, caramel malt. Light woody spicy bready notes. Decent stuff. More interesting wood character than the 1st John Henry I had, but just like the first, a bit rough overall..
b3shine (4447) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a fairly transparent dark amberish brown with foamy light beige head. Smells and tastes solid; a soft sweet matinees with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
cbfobes (2155) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle, pours a dark red brown with a thin head, aroma has a good amount of caramel and nuts mixed in with a little bit of chocolate and booze, actually not all that bad, the flavor has a really sweet front end with some malt and caramel, the oak doesn’t really come through all that much, the 9.3% is pretty much hidden so that’s a plus, nothing mind blowing but not terrible by any means.
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker colored, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is nut, caramel, vanilla, chocolate. Medium bodied, quite drinkable, alcohol hidden well.
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/amber with a small, yellow-tan head.
Baked bread, caramel aroma.
Woody, raw vanilla flavor.
Really nice stuff...mellow for the ABV.
cards04 (1459) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good. Pours a deep brown with tan head. Lots of boozy brandy aromas. Woody and lactic aromas as well. Flavors follow suit. Oak, brandy, vanilla, cream, and toasty notes. A tad watery.. But pretty good.
queenholly (2617) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamy butter caramel malt and fruity vanilla aroma. Clear chestnut with a small off-white head. Creamy caramel, vanilla, and light oak flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.