madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11th October 2008. GABF. Presented as a ’Winter Biere De Garde’. Clear amber beer. Crisp palate. The flavours are difficult to pin down but this beer is well balanced and refreshing.
jkwalking05 (3923) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Amber in color with a good sized off white head. Aroma is of spices, malt and grain. Taste is of hops, spices and grain.
OldMrCrow (1947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle via DocLock.
Lots of pressure in there, cork is soaked top to bottom when I remove the cap and the beer spits and fizzles away when I release the pressure with a two-tined opener (can’t actually get the cork out that way; this requires a corkscrew.)
Slightly sweet, molassy beer with a huge foamy head, some spices and a rye-like flavor, resembling nothing so much as someone’s bad high-gravity, low hop homebrew. I simply couldn’t bring myself to drink it, but fortunately there’s a Bigfoot ’09 on deck. I’m disappointed with this one, because I had (perhaps irrationally) high hopes for it.
travita (4155) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Smell is caramel, malty, spices, and dried fruit. Look is amber to red in color with light tan head. Taste is malty, some alcohol, caramel, stickiness, and a medium body.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of nuts, mustiness, toasted crackers, honey, and cat food. Flavor of candi sugar, lightly toasted grain, dried dark fruits, and some honey.
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Amber honey colored pour with a small white head. Nose is golden delicious apples, honey, and alcohol. Tastes like honeyed apples too. Dry carbonated finish that leaves layers of caramel and candi sugar in your mouth. I like it.
BMan1113VR (7871) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with an off-white foamy head that leaves decent lacing. Hazy amber body. Aroma of caramel, berries, honey, toast and a bit of diacetyl. Taste is sweet with a bit of pepper and caramel a fair amount of diacetyl and some DMS. Dry with lively carbonation and obvious alcohol.
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle from bu11zeye. deep amber pour with no head. yeast, earth, spices and molasses on the nose. nice thickness with a unique flavor or oak, spices and musky yeast. slight alcohol warm on the way down.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As cold as I got this one it still gushed a little. I liked the richness and spice of this. The body was really nice and had nice head retention and quite a bit of carbonation but was not too much. Very sweet and malty almost a touch of maolasses. Saison type spice for me but a little more bite at the end like rye or clove. Very good.
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, thanks kmweaver) Cloudy amber body topped by medium body that mostly dissipates. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some honey, light hay. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, pepper, some honey. Fairly dry finish. Medium-full body, some stickiness, effervescence.