rlgk (16904) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Ginger Man, NYC. Clear amber/mahogany beer with a rich lasting offwhite head. Malty aroma, raisins, figs, some chocolate, some hop notes. Fruity hop flavor, chocolate, a little sourish, vinous, grapes, figs, raisins, roasted and with some licorice. Malty roasted finish with grapes and some caramel.
HighlanderOne (1164) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Faint malt / cocoa / coffee aroma. Dark mahogany tan head. Burnt malt, cocoa, licorice, molasses in flavor. Hops in aftertaste. Caramel flavor emerges as it warms. Well done.
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium off-white/light brown head. Aroma is toasty malt and a lot of raisin, smells Belgian. Taste is mild sweet, medium bitter, with a good amount of alcohol for 7%. Finish is dry. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. An ok beer.
drfabulous (6025) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Matt. Caramel and malt. Cola. Some raisin and dried fruit.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From bottle. Malty raisin-plum sweet nose, pleasant but not overly complex. Biscuit, mild hop notes. Dark coppery brown clear with medium foamy-creamy off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium watery body with medium to high carbonation and carbonic fizzy burn. Starts medium sweet with plum, raisin, biscuit, and light carbonic acidity. Mild neutral fruity notes with mild bitterness in the finish. Red wine-like tang, close to some soy sauce, or ’soured’ sugar. Mild dry-tang after with a bit of sweetness and hop bitterness.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle acquired from Pessie and served in a Bells Tulip: Pours a deep garnet and murky brown hue with a big fluffy off-white head and left very good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of crystal toffee malts, pale chocolate, Golden Promise base malt, some EKG and Northdown hops with a light fruity and leathery ester. A bit dusty and cardboardy but that was expected since it was cellared by Joe. When the beer works those seemingly off-notes actually work within the style...
then the taste, actually drier than expected, not as sweet as I would have thought. Light kiss of English bitterness and prevailing cardboard with some oxidization. The issue here is a complete and utter lack of depth that are found in best of genre. Minimal fruity notes, minimal darker malt tones, and really just a lack of earthy "punch". The mouth feel is equally disappointing, much thinner than is expected. This beer appears over attenuated if you ask me. Dry ashy metallic finish. Worse yet the thinness makes the alcohol more noticeable. This beer started with so much promise but flopped when it mattered more, on the palate. I like a nice British styled strong ale as much as anyone so this really made me sad.
fiddler26 (24) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bought this in bottle while at grocery store feeling too lazy to go to beer store. Place had several of my old dependables in 12-packs, but only wanted six. This beer was so not me. Malty in the extreme, skunky on the palate. I forced myself through one and will give the rest away. I think my dislike of this is largely a function of my preference for high-hopped pales and IPAs. This was like a chocolate malt with beer poured in it. Might be good to you, but not to me.
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 5, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head. Reddish, brown, garnet color. Foamy gray lacing with decent foamy retention.
Smelled malty, nutty, roasty, caramel, toffee and light chocolate ice cream. Reminded me slightly of a Mud Slide.
Tasted nutty malts, Mud Slide, big alcohol finish, Russian Imperial Stout like, chocolate shake.
Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.
Not as good as I remember it, but still an OK beer. Heavy and rich, but worth the risk of trying it.
saxo (16111) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ The Stag’s Head. Nice head with good duration. Color is rich caramel, nuts, fruits, yeasty notes and rich hops. Dry bitter finish.
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at brewpub. clear medium dark brown with a nice off-white head, some retention, nice lacing. toasted and roasted malts, some phenols, english hops indeed - grassy and citrusy. not much of english biscuity malt character. average to soft carbonation, med to full body, nice grassy-citrusy finish with a touch of alcohol. good but not classic esa.