IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
.5L bottle from Hollingshead Deli; Nose of molasses, brown sugar, and raisins, with a wine note; clear dark red-brown with a small tan head; flavor is raisins, toffee, and some slight sweetness. I have liked all the beers I have had from these guys!
EithCubes (4890) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Big aroma, molasses, port wine and brown sugar, dark spice, nuts, and a funk that I just can’t place but that reminds me of my childhood. Cherry, red berry, lighter caramel. A bit of soap scum odor, perhaps - Dove or Dial? though that’s just on the bottle. Chestnut / mahogany pour with a rocky tan head. Taste is bitter, light grape and minimal carbonation, dry and fruity with cardboardy broad sugar and milk chocolate in the deep bg, a slight musty cellar note. Dry and nutty, increasingly up into the after. Really strong earthy, herbal tobacco notes dominate the overall flavor, the remind of HOTD’s Adam, but only as a child looking up to a fully-realized adult. Winey character is more Merlot than Port. Light body. Not your normal Bock, but very, very interesting. A gourmet sipper for dessert.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium sized very fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, very little carbonation, transparent, fast-rising carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. The nose was malty, caramel, sweet, bready, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruit. Ditto for the flavor along with some chocolate and a bit thin tasting. Smooth, thin mouthfeel and light-medium body.Very quaffable, balanced, easy to drink, nicely done, worthy of a try, and I would drink this again.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near black with reddish hues and a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of thick sticky malt, bread dough, earthy toffee. Taste is sweet and malty, toffee, thick caramelized wort, raisins, and dark bread. Full bodied, lightly sticky with moderate carbonation. A half liter of this beer is a meal!
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark brown with no head at all. Aroma is malty but not much else comes to the fore front. Flavor is better with lots of sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar and a lasting chocolate on the tounge. A decent example of the style.
ABUSEDGOAT (2389) - California, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown, moderate head with some lacing and retention. Aroma is rich with notes of caramel, toast, bread, light chocolate, lightly fruity. Medium to full bodied, quite sweet but not overly so, good balance. very enjoyable.
Goodgrief (1789) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark clear amber brown pour with small head and a little lacing. Aroma of sweet brown sugar. The flavor was super sweet malt and a lot of brown sugar. It reminded me again of those candied malt balls you ate as a kid. Some notes of molasses. Just too sweet and the mouthfeel wasn’t all that thick and creamy. Just ok.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Box in East Moline. Deep brown body, like strong iced tea with a light yellowish khaki head. The aroma is cellar and tofffee. There is also a note of old leather. The taste is lots of caramel with some light milk chocolate. There is also some cantalope in the clean finish. Very soft carbonation. Nicely made.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown, small beige head.Sweet brown sugar nose. Somewhat musty brown sugar flavor, overly sweet
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
from Holiday. Hazy brown with a tan fizzy head, malty aroma, chocolate, caramel, fruit taste with a nutty finish.