ebone1988 (183) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma is apple cider, caramel, malt, syrup. Appearance is reddish brown, hazy, light tan head. Taste is apples, caramel, fades to malt, then fades again to toffee. Wonderful and fantastic. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation, malty, holy shit itís amazing. Overall, one of the best beers Iíve ever tasted.
OntBeerDrinker (389) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark fuit, malt, barrel, spice smell. no head red purple dark
heavie bodied, thick juicy malty, dark fruit, barrel, spice, warmth in throat, boozy 2012 version 13.5%
Ed5388 (1725) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 12oz bottle (2012 vintage) from mikem409. 1300th rate. Pours a dark a amber/brown color with a small dark tan foamy head. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, caramel, and lots of booze. Taste is slightly oxidized, sweet dark fruits, lots of caramel and toffee, roasted malt, and burnt sugar.
Fin (7018) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Tom Cadden, cheers Tom!. Consumed at home Friday 27th December 2013 Dark murky conker brown with just a rim of bubbles looking down into a brown gloomy abyss. Loz smells chocolate on my breath lots of it, I think more black treacle with some caramel. However in the mouth there is some chocolate (bitter & dark) and caramel. This is very full bodied with a considerable warm oomph from the alcohol. A very enjoyable beer, ok perhaps a little sweet but it is the bitter dark treacle sweetness tgat I mentioned so quite different and far more interesting than a typically cloyingly sweet beer. Like this, cheers Tom! A7 A3 T9 P4 Ov16 3.9
BlowOffTube (389) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013. Tap. Really like this but prefer the barrel aged that subdues some of the sweetness. Pours dark red brown tan head. Big caramel fudge aroma and maybe a little brown sugar. Dark fruit, very sweet caramel, nice hop profile but the sweetness takes over.
drdisque (495) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 version on tap at brewpub. Cloudy ruddy ruby appearance. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor is rich complex malt with strong caramel and vanilla notes. Thick somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding brew.
blklab2007 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011bottle through trade. Pour has a very dark nutty brown color with a ring of tan head on the glass. Aroma has a cocktail of malts, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit. Mouth feel is a medium and the carbonation very low though there is a touch still to be found. Flavor is nice and richly malted, chocolate, aged hops, caramel, and a light bit of heat.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark almost opaque, fruity and sweet but not in a cloying way. Excellent balance of flavours, hoppy on the back end, great
McNeillR (976) - SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkish brown, soft haze hue. Nose is huge over bitter/sour rich nose. Impressive but a little bubble of infection through things. Light brown sugar. Stewed unvined dark berry - odd but decent.
Dense bitter berry, rich and off but it does work itís way in. Like a nice veg stock, turns itself in. Fairly bitter and acrhid on the finish, but I can go easy for itís age - soured but not ruinously.
Bottle, thanks CAGarvietron, November Tasting.
BenH (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Craig. 2006. Dark brown with ring of head. Some oxidised notes, sherry and chocolate. Taste of rich dried fruits, lots of raisins, oxidised notes, some chocolate. Sweet amd a touch sour.