BigMilly8 (384) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle : Pours a hazy sweet tea brown. Very carbonated with bubbles. Hardly any head to speak off. Aroma on the other hand is very complex and robust. Slight floral hops and basement aroma. Also some alcohol, banana, and other mixed smells. Light on the tounge with a medium sweet taste. Not much of an aftertaste. Beer is ok, but this style isn’t for me.
rumproasts (2011) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. Amber with one finger head. The description sounded awesome, but holy hell this is a harsh mess of flavors. Sweet, spicey, boozy, fruity and hoppy. Hugely disappointing. Brett doesn’t seem to have developed much, and between the hops, spices, the medicinal flavor, and the booziness, it’s a struggle to make my way through this. Definitely not getting easier as it warms, either.
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy burnt orange color.
Pours cloudy, burnt orange with a robust dark eggshell head. Nose is immediately malty and as the head slowly dissipates leaving no lacing, dried apricots emerge. A mix of light fruit and darker fruit are existent yet shrouded in the fog of malt. Yeasty undertones are detectable yet not prevalent. Mouth feel is viscous and chewy yet is cut by a relatively forceful carbonation. Initial hops not necessarily apparent on the nose hit the palate hard. The dried fruits apparent in the scent follow through behind the initial onslaught of hops. The maltiness of the nose does not necessarily carry through to the mouth. After taste is surprisingly light. A sticky hop onslaught.
Erasmus_ro (1132) - Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 750ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a good-sized, beige head. Aroma is fairly sour, somewhat yeasty and caramelly, some stingy ethanol, dried fruit, spicy. Taste is caramelly, lots of caramel, some earthiness, lightly sour in the beginning. Caramel and ethanol dominate, Some spiciness as well as berries. Some oak and liquor-like characteristics: Oak-aged whisky or brandy. Strong, powerful, good carbonation. A bit of an odd one, not very pleasant really.
Jamedra (360) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Láhev 750 ml. Aroma je výrazné, kvasnicové s podtóny karamelu a alkoholu. Pěna je světle hnědá, jemná, mohutná a držící. Barva samotného piva je vínová a silně kalná. Chuť má příjemný karamelový charakter s výrazným kvasnicovým nádechem, finiš je středně hořký a držící, celková chuť je prostoupena jemně palčivým alkoholem. Celkově se jedná o velmi originální pivo, jak svým zpracováním tak velmi výraznou chutí a aroma.
superspak (2112) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, pear, peach, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, clove, pepper, toast, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent biere de garde style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
ARH (107) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap poured into a 4oz english tulip. Bubble gum and grape come through in the initial aromas with a hint of yeast. Some dried citrus, or maybe citrus rinds, along with raisin and biscuit come through as secondary notes as it settles. It pours a clear orange amber color with a thin orange-ish / yellow head that leaves a whole lot of lace. It’s a medium-high bitter beer with a medium sweetness as a secondary taste. The full bodied beer hits the tongue first with a bitter and sweet grapefruit rind. It’s a very lively carbonation that has a bit of a sticky quality to it. Some roast and toffee notes come through at the swallow and it leaves a dry but astringent finish. Grapefruit definitely lingers in the aftertaste.
Ferris (1865) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Raisin, orange, spice and yeast. Cloudy orange with a beige head. Grass, orange, hoppy bitterness and a bit of yeast.
VsXsV (1808) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Almost clear copper liquid with medium to big off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, bread, caramel, toffee, marmalade, raw sugar and sweet booze. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of toffee, toast, chocolate, dried fruit and raw sugar. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Quite nice and true to style.
Hopman1 (25) - apple valley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Beer is very complex but very easy to drink at a 10.0 ABV the alcohol is well disguised. The Color resembles Varnish A good deep thick viscous varnish without the VOC. In the Nose I get dried fruit much like raisins or dried figs and a yeasty complexity. I did not get much of a head just light outer lacing on the edge of the glass. I’m 3/4 into it now and actually starting to enjoy this" gift of the magi " .Cheers!!!
Beerathon (882) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, namely pineapple, complex maltiness and yeast usage. This beer does a lot on the palate. Fun beer.