BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazy bronze hued body with a decently sized tan head that slowly fades to a ring. Good lace and some alcohol legs left behind on the sides of the glass. Aromas are strongly estery and malty. Lots of banana, even at a distance. Caramel, grainy, light chocolate, alcohol, grand manier, and pears. No hops aromas to speak of. Some caramelization. Flavors are alcohol forward, banana, light phenol (clove and some other spices), more esters, honey, malty, grainy, raisin-bran cereal, mild chocolate, orange essence/liquor. Ashy/dusty chocolate, mild table grapes. Complex if not scattered malt character. Light balancing bitterness. On the slightly sweet side overall. Alcohol is definitely there. Bigger body with medium-light carbonation. Warming. Pretty decent.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stately amber color, with a ring of head on an otherwise flat body. Not much aroma other than a twinge of malt. Finally some sweet caramel introduces itself. The body is full of fresh grains, warming, honeyed, and with Belgian spicy yeast.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear amber color/ ivory head. Spicy toffee, belgian yeast spice, marshmallow aromas. medium bodied. Spicy, grainy caramel flavors with rootbeer, dark pit fruits, fuel alcohol--too sweet n boozy
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a maroonish brown with small white head. Aroma is dark fruit, vanilla, yeast, booze. Flavors are...muddled? A bit roasty, a bit sweet, a bit fruity, a bit spicy, a bit boozy. Nothing really stands out. Surprisingly thin bodied; oily.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark red with a head that subsides to nothing.
Aroma: Dried dark fruits, juicy fruit gum.
Taste: Slight toasty malt, dried dark fruit, bubble gum, light spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy withmoderate carb.
Overall: A textbook example of an American made quadruple, very sweet, spicy and syrupy.
thetmaxx (710) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into my Karl Strauss glass. Aroma is caramel, and burnt. Smells like a amber. Flavor is similar, sweet, caramely, blah. Too much like a amber for my liking. I don’t detect the alcohol. It is thick and oily on the tounge.
bhensonb (9831) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred can fix ya up! Pours dark ruddy copper with no head. Aroma is dark fruit with touches of treacle and light spice. Smooth aroma. Full bodied. No trace of heat. Flavors of darkish fruit, touch of treacle, and a fair amount of grapeish malt. Some warming does show in the finish. Amazingly gracious ale.
hamilton23 (579) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours a nice caramel color with just a whisp of off-white head, very fizzy and thin head. Aroma is dried fruits, caramel and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose with just a bit of dried fruits and some spices. I needed to try one of these now and then lay it down for a year or more.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet caramel and vanilla aroma and taste with a toasted grain finish.
BucannonXC5 (665) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a draft into a tulip at Karl Strauss in downtown San Diego, Calif. Maybe a ½-inch of head. Color appeared to be dark red on the top, but closer to black when looking at it straight on from the sides. Light lacing on the top. Light film on the sides.
Smelled of caramel malts. Also butter, roasty hops and some dark fruits.
Complex flavors that roll of the tongue beautifully. There was a floral/fruity front with a enjoyable smooth finish.
Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth rules the day.
I really liked this beer. The taste is obviously much better than the smell. It just feels so good on the tongue.