Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wine-like, hoppy with molasses aroma and other spices. Rum colour with nice lace. Full mouthfeel, nice by itself, particularly during winter. More malty than sugary sweet. Satisfying.
A surprising find, at Chester’s in Hamilton, thanks to Doug Shoemaker.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy caramel syrup and slight hop bitterness…Tickling sugar…
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This promised better than it delivered. The reddish/amber coloring was good and the aroma was good and malty. There was little, if any, head and very little carbonation. The taste was more bitter than malty, leaving a sour palate. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, as there was an unusually heavy amount of residue at the bottom.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, port-like look with quite a large, smooth, lasting head. Nose of grapes, caramel malt, slight yeastiness. Flavor’s a knockout: wine and milk chocolate, toffee, dates, all of my favorite things, perhaps just a little too sweet until the end, when the finish becomes quite long and hoppy. Excellent product from Sammy that I should’ve had long ago.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy brownish red color with a quickly dissapearing head. Aroma is pungent malt and metallic. Taste is full of malt and sugars, musty leather and a certain sour grape that I’m not into.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Candied fruit aroma. Garnet, huge toffee head. Treacle, plums, raisins, cherries, almonds. Complex, woody, bitter, dry. Wonderful texture. A real treat! Seems like a Barley Wine.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful garnet color, creamy beige head and sheets of lace. Nose is malt, caramel, brandy tones, maybe even plummish. Front is malt and slightly sweet, the top medium, the finish is dry, tart, nicely hopped, light carbonation, and the 6.5% abv is also evident. A beer not meant for the ’Weak of Palate’, robust and hearty. Another example of why ’STRONG ALES KICK-ASS’.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well-aged sample: Translucent chocolate. Thin but beautifully persistent head of fine bubbles. Extremely earthy nose comprised of sherry, fruitcake, dates, and leathery yeast. Smooth, feathery soft carbonation. Immaculately conditioned. Firmly dry leathery yeast stance paves the way for ensuing fruitcake and sugared date richness. Relaxed tartness and oxidation lends sharpness to the already-firm minerally astringency amid sharp dried leather and softening background notes of smoky peat and vanilla. As with the massive dryness, phenolic hints engage to temper the beefy malt. Insistently barky malts resound as it approaches the extremely leathery, woodily dry finish with growing notes of dates and caramel lingering. Complex and appetizing. An aged wonder.
BREWMUSKCLES (2379) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
huh! guess i got a bit of a find here, anyway beery and malty with small moderately intense carbonation this brew is a bit sweet and sour and a bit slick. barely moderate body it tastes and wafts kind of old as in old leather in an old unused home. some flaky floaties with an off perhaps grape turning into raisin or prune/plum flavor. tangy with a barely discernable chalk character that was probably more pronounced when younger. thank you!
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a dense (not hazy) iced-tea-brown body with an orange glow and a short, creamy, ecru head. Tasty caramel malt aromas with brandy & sour cherries, underpinned with smoky and earthy notes. Good balance... flavor started sweetly malted, finished sour, and lingered with a dirty, sour, bitterness. Dry textured with lightly astringent effects.
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