Drake (8186) - 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 (6069) - 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 (4359) - 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 (3566) - 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 (3317) - Media, 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 (4606) - 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 (745) - 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 (5788) - Same Trailer, Different Park, 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.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by murphym - dark brown pour and hazy with light head. Arouma of caramel, toffee malts, with some toast. alcohol is well masked. candy sweetness, some grassy hop notes, pine and a touch of candy and a bounrbon-like finish.