StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transparent and pale copper in color with bubbles rising and dancing on the surface. Aroma speaks of sandpaper, bing cherries, toffee talc and chestnuts nesting in a moderate pool of brandy and honey, cunningly like a light fruited fig. Flavor produces a thick, sweet profile that doesn’t skip a beat. Amaretto and brandy plum crème brulee hum lovingly throughout the palate. A dry, earthen chestnut edge is won over sharply by an equally citric and earthen hop bouquet. Honey, lavender and rose intertwine as the tongue draws numb and the rater goes speechless.
machfive55 (347) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown, with little to no carb and dark brown with red hues. Aroma is complex, fruity with raison and tobacco notes. Flavor is carmelly, sweet, with no hop flavor. Palate is thin with no carb and no alcohol burn. Alcohol comes across in flavor but is not prominent. A solid big, bad beer.
conway (570) - - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with no head. Nose is lots of dark fruits. Hard to distinguish. Lots of brandy like notes. Taste is very complex. Vinous, dark fruit, oak and a touch of smoke. Palate is similar to a nice brandy. Amazing brew.
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snoworsummer (353) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours hazy medium with frothy head. Tastes like malt, yeast, alcohol, grapefruit, herbs. Smells like malt, grains, fermenting fruit. Medium body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (1914) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy, dark amber with thin, creamy off-white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is figs, plums, berries, cookie and cereal malts, caramel, floral hops, and sweet booze. Flavor is yeasty, bready malts, floral and spicy hops, dark fruit esters, and some light booze; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
Pyrmir (1211) - Westra Aros, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle, rated from backlog. Aroma is massive, of fruit, raisins and hops. Taste is oaky, fruity, dried fruits, raisins, malt, alcoholol.
jonnyguns (384) - - APR 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at mane liquor. Pours murky brown with small head that doesn't go anywhere. Wow, the smell is intense! Chewy toffee, biscuit, caramel, apricot, peach and other sweet fruits. Taste is full on! Huge creamy mouth feel with flavours of caramel fudge, toffee, apricot and maybe banana. Alcohol is lingering but well hidden. World class stuff!
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HopRedHead (123) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tapped at Mane Liquor. Sweet mother of the English sky - this beer smells good! Pours a thick orange/brown with 2cm of sustained, thick head. Very upfront toffee biscuit malt notes, driven by a thick caramel fudge aroma. Taste is complementary, huge caramel flavours with a mixture of butterscotch from the malt and a faint hint of dried apricot. Body is so chewy and pleasant on the palate. Alcohol is very inconspicuous, only present in the aftertaste via a lingering warm coating of the mouth. Really well crafted beer enhanced by the year of aging in the cool room. Congratulations to Mane and Mikkeller!
maneliquor (1559) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2013 Tap at Mane Liquor. Jeez the smell jumps right out when it’s being poured. I know these guys have aged this keg for over a year now and I think that has paid off. Dark orange pour with a thick, firm yellow head which lasts the duration. Nose is toffee biscuit, dried apricot, melted caramel, raisins & currants, dates, fig, rum. Loads of chrissy cake type notes just not as heavy. Loads of heavy caramel in the taste - almost reminscent of a caramel milkshake/sundae. It coats your mouth in an oily, resinous yet creamy feel. Plenty of dried fruits in there - apricot, banana, raisin, date. Light nutty undertones. Heavy toffee. Great mouth feel, alcohol is warm and lets you know it’s there but never gets in the way of anything. Unbelievable balance. Lingers forever, the bitterness only kicking in right towards the finish. Holy shit this is seriously good stuff
gunnar (3591) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours light amber with no head at all. Oaky vinous aroma. Taste is vinous, sweet caramel, fruity, lingering end, somooth, just good.
RexTalionis (1425) - FINLAND - MAR 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 37,5 cl, bbe 14/08/11. Pours brown in color with small bubbly head. Sweet malty, some booze and finish delicacy mämmi in aroma. Taste has same boozy notes and feels like there’s some rye in it as well. Ripe fruits and some sharp notes are to be found too.