RobertDale (2601) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours reddish brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Taste is similar. A bit of alcohol at the finish. Pretty good.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a clear vibrant copper-red color with a thin frothy white head. Average head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, raisin and a bit of spice. The taste is toffee, spice, raisin, caramel, chocolate and faint hops. Medium bodied.
BVery (5127) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Clear deep amber pour with a white head. Toasted bread on the nose. Medium palate. Flavor is bready/caramel malt, a touch of fruit rind, but a bit of metal in there as well.
ChainGangGuy (4229) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a russet-ruby-hued body with a smallish, light beige head.
Smell: A harmonious co-mingling of toasted bread and nuts with a fruity hint of both harvest apple slices and Sun-Maid raisins brushed with caramel and flecked with chary roastiness.
Taste: Well toasted bread crusts and barley grains given a modest brushing of dark caramel sauce and brown sugar. Slight nuttiness throughout. Mingling of ripe apple and plump raisins provide a noted fruitiness. Spicy, earthy hops that, along with a hint of roasted grains, provide a reasonable amount of bitterness. Drying, slightly warming finish with a lasting, if light, apple taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Hey! Wait a minute. Wait just one damn minute! This is curiously reminiscent of the Gordon Biersch Winter Bock... E-mails to the brewery have gone unanswered.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - Pours clear ruby red with a one finger light tan head. There’s a rich caramel malt aroma with dark fruit notes. The flavor is of sweet caramel malt with a medium body. This brew is quite enjoyable.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, best before 4 days ago. Clear burgundy brown with a hazy coating. Nose is mild caramel and chocolate with dates. Medium body with a spoiled fruit tang. Taste is toffee, stale cocoa, bitter grape skins and banana. It’s OK.
presario (4420) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark copper with a thin head. Thick aroma you could eat with a spoon. Ginger, raisin and strong malt. Tastes like a "magic fruit" (I just invented that) a mix of brownie, watermelon and hops.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from TJs. Clear brown with a bit of an off white head. Aroma is malty with caramel and dark fruit, raisins. Somewhat sweet, more fruit on the palate, medium body, malty. Not bad.
Nik925 (725) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Looks great in the glass and has some good dark malt but the alcohol is just amazingly dominate. The alcohol wallop wipes out all the good and tasty aspects of a sip. A really unbalanced beer. An interesting find from the dollar bin at Trader Joes.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear copper red color/ tan sheen. Mild berry fruit, dark bread, molasses aromas. smooth medium body with soft co2. Sweet n’ sharp dark berry fruit, dark grain bread, earthy molasses, dark raison, toffee flavors.