Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a nice clear deep rutty red – amber with short lived tan head. The aroma offers up a good deal of ripe brown sugar coated cherries, prunes, some earthy dates and a dash of caramel. The taste is bold and a bit on the bright side with a mix of cherries, earthy dates, sweet prune hard candy and then a sugary maltiness as well as a dab of caramel on the side. It smooths out into a sweet finish. A bit of age should allow this to blend and pull up additional yummy complexity.
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper with an off white head. Deep, rich and malty. Toffee, toasted bread, lighter peaty notes, with light wisps of earthy hoppy notes. Bold and assertive, but not overbearing. A solid sipper, luckily I’m cranking the A-C in my apartment, because it’s over 90F outside. Either way, this is a solid beer regardless of season.
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
deep amber color. medium bodied with light carbonation. Notes of molasses, dark fruit, and smokiness. A complex and hearty ale.
wxman (1340) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a ruby cola color with a substantial tan head that diminishes rather quickly to a thin cover. Aroma is roasted malt and dried dark fruit. Taste is sweet roasted malt, buttery caramel, molasses and prunes. Some mild tartness at the end. Alcohol well hidden. A little cloying, but well balanced and quite good.
berrya785 (440) - Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap on 6/23/12. Pours reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet with caramel, spice, and vanilla. Taste is caramel and whiskey with a little bit of hop bitterness.
beerbastard (639) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the type of beer that makes a great Chirstmas / Winter beer. Its a 100 degrees out, but this is stiil a very good beer. Sweet toffee malts with boozy nose. Syrupy mild sweet flavors of molasses, brown sugars, dark fruits, with a presence of alcohol. Not getting the peat. Good smooth full body. Good job Leinenkugel. 2012 limited release.
Joe_M (24) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer just rubbed me the right way... I’m pretty sure this is as close to perfect as I’ve been in a long time
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Oriley & Conways, pours a clear dark brown with a nice red hue in the light and a creamy tan head, the aroma is of heavy malt and caramel with some scotch notes, the flavor has a nice full front end with a ton of caramel and malt and a finish of scotch that is nearly perfect, mouthfeel is crazy smooth and delicious, awesome stuff.
TizzleJizzle (530) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at flying saucer beerfest. Intense aroma of caramel, melted malts. Clear brown color, points were takin off for a head that vanished and no lacing. Amazing taste: caramel, alcohol, bread, hay, wow. Warming on the stomach. Great brew!!
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours deep mahogany with a thin foamy tan head. Nose is big sweet peaty malt, toffee and wood, booze-soaked chocolate cake. Damn...haven’t been loving big beers lately, but I have to admit that smells pretty good. The taste brings it too, the same deep, rich malt flavors exist, with some dark fruit and a bit of smokiness mingling in, especially on the finish. Everything is mixing together well--it’s not disjointed at all. Smooth in flavor and body, it finishes with sweet fruitiness and some cocoa. Holy balls, this is good stuff.