JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light brown. Bitter, grape skin flavor. Some yeast, which I don’t expect from the style. Also, some unpleasant alcohol flavor. Something is wrong here.
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hailsquishface for the bottle - viscous, headless, hazy amber pour - heavy aroma of spices, cherries, brown sugar, raisin, a surprising amount of floral character - thick mouthfeel, with little to no carbonation - strong sweetness up front, followed by balancing strong spiciness and warming alcohol - a lot of raisin, rum and christmas spice cake kind of flavors going on - a moderate tartness and oxidation manifest late, which serves to balance out the sweetness, but once the sweetness is stripped from the palate, the alcohol becomes much more evident - gets a little medicinal - tasty, but too strong for any hope of balance - they sure do come close, though.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled during Skyview Sourfest II in St Paul, MN and shared by Guerde. From a 22-oz bomber pours a semi-hazy beige brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a touch of medicinal herbs, roasted nuts and some piney hops. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of caramel, raisins, some citrus and floral hops, roasted nuts and some holiday spices. Finish is slightly metallic with an alcohol presence and herbal aftertaste.
JulienHuxley (5606) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
8 oz sample from bottle. Muddy brown pour no head. Aroma of cheap fermentation, molasses, booze and caramel. Taste is very sweet, not much alcohol taste to speak of but lots of warmth to remind you its 14 % abv. An interesting experiment, but certainly not a beer I will revisit.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Pours a mahogany body with no real lacing at all. Big etoh pours out of the glass. Banana’s and booze, sweet fruit tones. Carmalized sweetness, fructose syrup, and again more warmth. A big old boozy mess that i didn’t finish.
mansquito (5452) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New Beer Distributors 32oz growler ($8): Pours a brown color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is fruity, fruity, fruity, sweet, sweet, sweet, without any of the booze that you would expect. Alcohol content at the growler station said that this was 13%... or at least that is what the beer advocate paper said. In any case the beer is very sweet, but also spicy. Body is not too thick. As it warms up it becomes more complex and a little bit harder to quaff, but remains drinkable nonetheless. Really heavily on the malty side, although there are a few bitter notes in this beer, especially in its warmer state. Taking a quaff of this definitely doe shave warming qualities.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body is cloudy dark copper with a light yellowish khaki head. The aroma has some leathery notes with some toffee. There is a little bit of sweet bread and earthy sweat. The taste has some light notes of leather and toffee. There is also a spicy note in the finish, like cinnamon. A decent and obviously big beer with a sticky body and noticeable alcohol.
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. deep amber pour with no head. nose is caramel, toffee, chocolate, no alcohol, and sweet. sticky on the palate, caramel, toffee, raisins, and dates.
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle shared by Daknole. Hazy burnt orange with no head. Strong aroma of cherries, cake, cerise liqueur, candi sugar, rounding out to a gentle heat in the back of the nose. Potent mouthfeel, goes down hot but mellow. Strong fruit and alcohol character. Lots of skins, like the bottom of a glass of white sangria, with soaked orange slices adding nice citrus tartness. Very interesting brew.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle (Says both 2009 and 2011. At 13.5%ABV per the Bottle).: Got in trade, but I am not sure from whom, but THANKS! Aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, Bourbon, oak, cinnamon, toasted caramel, sugar, and rum-soaked raisins. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a tiny, off-white head that disappeared, except for around the edges. Very hazy. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, raisin, slight Bourbon, slight oak, plums, sugar, rum, slight cinnamon, and some fig. Full body. Oily, then dry texture. Soft carbonation. Heavily sweet, malt, dark ripe fruit, raisin, slight Bourbon, slight oak, plums, sugar, rum, slight cinnamon, toasted caramel, finish is lightly dry. 13.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.