fidelis83 (2130) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle. Pours murky burnt orange with a thin beige head. Aroma is full of woody and vinous notes, autumn leaves, caramel, floral planty and light citrus hops, yeasty bread baking, sweet apple skins, sweet malt, dark fruit and mixed nuts. Flavor is sweet malt, dark fruit and sweet tobacco up front, some light, buttery oak notes, lots of apple flavors, some dark fruit, caramel, light toffee, bready yeast, earthy, spicy hops, honey suckle nectar, autumn leaves and a hint of salinity and nuttiness in the finish. Palate is pretty heavy in body, has a great, full and creamy, somewhat chewy/stick mouthfeel and light carbonaiton, great match to the aroma and flavor. Fantastic beer overall, it almost seems impossible for it to be nearly 12% abv. So rich and complex, but not too heavy or boozy despite the fact that it obviously is both of those things.
Desverger (3056) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@Ronny and Alex pre cbc tasting #2 - Amber pour with no head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, toffee, sweet dried fruits, spices throughout. Top stuff.
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rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the pre-CBC tasting in Copenhagen 150430. Hazy orange/golden beer with a small offwhite head. Malty fruity aroma, calvados, raisins, figs, vinous, overripe apples, caramel, some dades. Malty fruity flavor, caramel, raisins, figs, biscuits, banana notes, warming alcohol, some grapes and peach. Quite nice.
alliance100 (912) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3oz bottle - 2012 vintage - at Hopcat GR - pours a hazy orange . Strong aroma of dark fruit, caramel and hints of Apple with some alcohol. Thick and syrupy ( in a good way ) toffee notes and bits of apple skin on the finish . Overall pretty tasty , would revisit .
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DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
[3/1/15] Draught at The Beer Junction in Seattle. Clear orange-amber. Kinda vinous aroma with fruitiness, oak, a peaty touch and a sourish hint. Sweet flavor with caramel, calvados, oak, a peaty touch, a sourish note and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit oily. A bit too much calvados and alcohol. Had better versions of JW Lees Harvest Ale.
johnnymusky (471) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage....thanks dusty....nose is all butterscotch....mouth is the same with a dash of pear and booze...really nice!
czar (5257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours almost clear bright orange-red, little to no head, no lacing - calvados-like appearance. sweet fruity caramel, barley sugar, cotton candy sugars - cloying sweetness, cigarette buts, toasted cardboard, pepper, english yeast. very light carbonation, full body - thick and heavy; cloying easrthy-ashy-grassy-spicy finish. funfair flavors (!), cigarettes, cotton-candy, etc., which is unpleasant. DP.
tom10101 (3614) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (275 ml). 2011 vintage. Split 3-ways with czar and the drain. Shared by czar.
Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/amber with a small ring of beige foam.
Aroma: Massive green apples upfront, certainly from the calvados but I think there’s also some off green apples notes from the base beer. There’s also a lot of caamel along alcohol and cardboard.
Taste: Green apples, caramel, alcohol, cardboard, ashes and light acidity.
Palate: Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. A tad liquorous mouthfeel. Lingering ashy and green apples finish.
Overall: Unbalanced, not cohesive at all an completely lack of depth. A lot of things are "off" in this one. The J.W. Lees I have tried recently has been hit or miss, and more often on the "miss" side.
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Beer Junction during Barrel Junction days. Slight hazed golden brown, still and thick. Hits of apple leather. Sweet, relatively still. Sweet pulpy pear, woody finish, with some tart cherry. Lovely beer.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Arom: fruit, pepper, oak, earth
Flavor: sweet! Fruity, pepper spice oak
Medium body, slightly thick
Appearance: cloudy orange, white head
Good, not awesome
zimbo (730) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like the straight Harvest Ale but less nutty but more like cashews. Sappier too. Better? No carbonation to speak of. Glorious.