tekstr1der (343) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my favorite styles, but interpretations seem to vary wildly. This pours a really nice dark garnet color, but unfortunately develops no head. Looks syrupy coming out of the bottle (this does not scare me). I dumped aggressively into a tulip and only had a few seconds of tan foam. Oh well, the color is great. Aroma is rather subdued, with rich, smoky malt forward, and some booze alongside. Flavor is better, but very unbalanced. I enjoy malty goodness balanced by hops, and hoppy goodness balanced by malt. However, somehow this brew is too sweet, yet at the same time has too much hops - almost as much hops as some American strong ales or barleywines. That’s not conducive to the style. Cloying mouthfeel, which would be okay if not for the hop loadout. Anyhow, finishes cleaner than expected, and while it seems impossible that I’d be able to finish this bomber tonight due to lack of drinkability, this stuff sure feels like it’ll get you drunk.
jimhilt (2543) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malt nose and flavor is light sweet caramel. The 10.0% ABV is hidden, light bitter aftertaste. $7.49 for a 22oz bottle from Hannaford Supermarket Concord, NH.
tfontana (552) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg pour at Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival. Aroma is strong, dominant caramel with some fruit and cereal malt. Appearance is dark brown (like root beer) with mild sparkle. Taste is quite sweet, but not overly so.
Palate is medium bodied, average carbonation, has liquor in the finish. Overall, this is exactly as advertised with caramel and malt sweetness dominating. Definitely more of a dessert beer or specialty beer.
thornecb (5363) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Sickly head recedes to hug rim. Sweet caramel and dark pit fruit aromas. Medium bodied with sweet roasted nuts and hot caramel front to back. Mild bitter and sour earthy finish.
malrubius (2482) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Un Dun. Dark garnet reddish brown with lasting ring head and lace. Woody earthy herbal boozy aroma. Sweet mildly toasted caramel ripe cherries and nuts with herbal boozy long finish. Full body. Soft mouthfeel. Very good.
I was in a hurry. Gotta let it warm up a bit.
puboflyons (2948) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 650 ml bottle. Milly’s/Stark Brewing has recently started bottling some of its regular brews like this one. The pour is dark reddish-brown with a short lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet vibrant malt and molasses. Medium body. The taste is a powerful barley malt flavor with a lasting bitter bite.
Travlr (20243) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Clear amber brown color, medium white head. Aroma of boozy molasses. Taste is sweet shoo fly pie.
BVery (9269) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Milly’s in Manchester, NH. Really nice brew - sweet caramel and fruit, and some alcohol heat to make it interesting. I enjoyed this one - probably the best one I tried this evening.
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from brewpub. Deep amber color in the pint. Great retention. Nose is a nice malt and sugar. Excellent flavors of caramel, candy sugar and some fruity German hops. This really is worth a try if you are in this part of NH. The hops balance the sweetness. I don’t taste the ABV at all. Very nice blend. Peter does a great job with this style. Well done!
Lubiere (12553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark clear reddish brown ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, light molasses and maple, some light dark fruits. In mouth, maple extract, woody notes, molasses, a bit of alcohol warmth, not bad, but more like a dunkelbock, with all these fruity esters. On tap at the brewpub, April 5, 2010.