msnelling09 (147) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a deep, rich mahogany with hints of rich amber, ruby, and brown. The beers with a head of medium sized, off-white/nearly-yellow bubbles that sit a healthy fingers width above the beer once they settle down, and leave a nice medium width lacing along the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is nearly too dark to see through, but is crystal clear and clean of any sediment or particles. On the nose, the beer smells tamely of toffee and caramel malt. There are touches of biscuits and rustic bread thrown in, but overall the nose is subtle sweet malt, which is surprising given the ABV. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet, nearly cloying, with a fizzle of hot booze on the edges. Dark fruit sweetness is very prominent from the malts, and subtle acidity does work its way into the corners of the mouth, but bitterness is subtle to none-existent in the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as rich toffee and bread malt, working its way towards oatmeal bread, then caramel. Sweeter caramel and booze enter towards the finish and carry a middling-length finish of raisin bread and caramel, almost like a bread pudding. The aftertaste is light, spicy booze and sweet malt caramel. A touch of stale bread runs across the palate. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body, with a middling carbonation that does put a nice tickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly syrupy, and a bit prickly. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left sticky with malt sweetness and a little river of saliva in the cheeks. Overall, this is a nice simple strong ale/barleywine/old ale/what is the difference between those styles, really? This beer treads on the maltier side of the tracks, and carries a supreme drinkability, which is dangerous given the ABV. It doesn’t hit me over the head with any intense or decadent flavors, but merely provides good flavor and warmth to the belly. This is a perfect sipper after dinner, as it will not weigh the belly down too much. A nice beer.
iguanodon (74) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a thick light brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, faint earth. Taste is sweet malt, too sweet for me.
dlbeer (695) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Golden amber pour with white head. Smells of malt, slight hops and slight alcohol. Taste follows. Pretty good.
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beerluva (14) - Monroe, Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours amber/red, no aroma to speak of thick foam top recedes to minimal, at first sip alcohol level is evident which at 9.4% I guess it’s not shocking. otherwise on the sweet side maybe a little salty. overall I love lagunitas and recommend them to everyone but somehow this brew falls short for me.
joeworrall (82) - USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at While Foods, it’s clear & brown, it has a sweet doughy smell, the flavor is sweet malted barley with a hint of citrus hops.
Luvystypotables (544) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of dried fruit caramel colored no head. Taste of grain and yeast with a slightly bitter palate.
mike5326 (807) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle. Light brown color, no head. Sweet malt aroma. Light malt with a slightly sour finish.
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whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
No faults with this strong, brown ale. Full bodied, malty with a hint hops at the finish. Reminds me of an old ale but milder. That's a juxtaposition, sorry.
b3shine (5184) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a mostly transparent caramel orange with thin light beige head. Smells sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit and mild toffee. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A safe but underwhelming example of the style.
jayzz (295) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty taste... Smells like a sour. Nice lacing. Color is very dark amber. Good beer.