murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with very little head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is a bit boozy, more caramel and fruit, a bit syrupy. Complex and quite tasty.
kevinsenn (983) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from lcbo. Dark brown with ruby highlights and lacing. Caramel toffee and dark fruit aroma. Booze and vanilla too. Dark fruit and caramel in the flavour, vanilla, and booze, but not too much. Bitter boozy finish. Big full body. Great, but I like the bourbon version even better.
SpongeRuiner (576) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to HisBoyElroy. This one pours a dark apple red. Not much head. The taste is very smooth. The 13.5% is almost not there at all. Extremely smooth. Very drinkable. A big apple skin flavor. A very nice alcohol mouthfeel. Just enough to balance it out. Good stuff.
VsXsV (1900) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Vintage 2011. Murky deep brown liquid with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, raw sugar, port wine, raisins, sweet alcohol, toffee and pumpernickel. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, dried fruit and caramel. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Really nice.
charule (813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle from Kuhnhenn. Poured hazy dark red brown with very thin beige head. Strong aroma of dark fruits, burnt sugar caramel sweetness, cherry. Light carb, med bod. Taste quite sweet prune dark fruit, quite boozy.
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, 2012 vintage, from an IP trade in London 12/04/14.
Opaque dark mahogany brown with a moderate light tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is light cocoa, Christmas cake, tobacco, leather sofa, dark fruit rind, toffee fudge, light booze notes.
Taste comprises candied fruit peel, fruit loaf, raisens, dates, prunes, sherry tones, dark toffee fudge.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, oily mouthfeel, sweet notes in the close.
Solid solid stuff, the alcohol is evident but well integrated, a sumptous after dinner affair !
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to Al. Pours opaque dark brown with khaki head, great retention. Aroma: higher alcohols to start; toffee, dark fruit, cola (lots of cola, actually), caramel, maybe even a hint of blueberry. Taste: rather sweet. Waves of fruit, caramel, some chocolate, just a hint of acidity, some well-placed oxidation, raisins, vanilla. Quite complex. Finishes with a minimal (but non-zero) amount of bitterness. Grapes. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, slick syrupy texture. Overall: delicious. Love this.
JStax (2664) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 12 ounce bottle Poured into a Kuhnhenn brandy snifter. Pours a murky mahogany with a thin khaki colored head of foam that dissipates down to a film and a ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass. The aroma is raisin predominantly, but then thereís layers of wood, vanilla, toasted pecans, praline. The taste is definitely on the sweet end of the spectrum.The sweetness starts to fade to a bit of alcohol warmth as the swallow settles on the tongue. Thereís a bit of earthiness coming through as the beer warms. Some dried grass or straw. Iím getting a lot of prune or fig newton flavors now. Iím leaning more toward fig. Itís not just the fig Iím getting either, thereís definitely a bit of cookie crumb, like the outside part of a fig newton. The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and just a little prickly. The carbonation is low on this, but it is just enough to give the mouthfeel a little tickle of life. 2 years on this beer certainly did no harm. Iíd be curious to try it fresh, though. Overall this is one delicious beer.
Westmeister (1538) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
HMOG 2014. 2009 ed. Always nice to try a top beer in a style that has been around and vetted hundreds of times over. Age did not stop this from being awesome. Would like to try fresh, but this was real nice. Big ripe fruits, figgy, caramel, and the booze has pretty much gone, leather. Real nice.
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
HMOG 2014. Had the barrel aged variant of this beer earlier in the year. Glad I was able to get the standard version. Grainy candy scent. Pours darkest brown with tan head. Starts sweet and bites on the end, but in a non-hoppy way. Bottle - Shared at HMOG
NeoHippie2 (803) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red/brown pour no head. Aromas of dark fruits, molasses, and caramel. Flavor is super sweet all the way through. I donít get much hop character on this one at all. Just very very sweet. Tasty brew, a but too sugary but still tasty.