Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a dark, dark red with a minimal head and strong lacing. The aroma smells almost like tea, with an underlying bitterness. The taste is a multilayered one, starting bitter, fading to sweet, and then leaving a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor, a very enjoyable beer.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich, deep red color with a muddy, thick whipped topping. Extracting an aroma through that thick head is pretty difficult. But this drinks with a big, rich character ... viscous and full of thick caramel, a nice little tangy twist interwoven in that soupy base. Good heavy but easy to drink beer for a cool evening. (#5460, 3/14/2014)
fezzy (71) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is largely sweet, dark dried fruits and dark malt. Not much aromatic hopping in the nose, although enough in the taste to provide balance for all that sweet malty richness. Hops come through mostly as a syrupy citrus element. Not terribly complex, and a little sweet for me, even for the style, but not bad, and decently drinkable considering the test and the sugar.
Nejhleader (1168) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hoppy dark fruit aroma. Taste is some dark fruit, blend of pine hops, some malt. Not bad
Scrapersnbeer (1395) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is heavy caramel and light spicy. Clear, deep reddish tan. Flavor is the inverse of the aroma: there is a ton of sweet baking spice in this thing. Hints of ginger like some winter warmer beers. Like a bitter cake. Thick and rich body; the strength is not so subtle as claimed. A hard beer to start the night with...or end with.
ROBC3366 (318) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of dried fruit caramel colored no head. Taste of grain and yeast with a slightly bitter palate
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hockeybeerguy (549) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance has a semi-dark brown colored body with a thin less than a half fingered white foamy head that ends up leaving a very good drastic clingy lacing to the glass.
The smell has some very sweet roasted caramel malts.
The taste is exceptionally sweet, bready, and sticky in the flavoring. There is a super sweet sticky caramel aftertaste with a dry sweet finish.
On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation is decent for the style and for me as its semi smooth and barely anything harsh.
Overall, this is an American Strong Ale by style - hey way to go Lagunitas, I’d have this one again as its good for the style and for me.
levcool (18) - - MAR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on draft at Lucky Pie in Denver. Caramel color is pleasing to the eye. Not much for odor. Easy on the palate with a smooth finish. Good addition of hops.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. Light brown with one finger head. Malty and lightly sweet. There’s kind of an off rotten flavor here that just ruins it for me. Moderately boozy. Expected better from Lagunitas.
msnelling09 (114) - 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.