buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured into my 24 oz. snifter glass. Pours a very dark brown with a big light tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is malt, mild spice and roast. Flavor is burnt malts, fermented fruits, light spice and smoke. Has a light bitterness in the finish.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth black translucent ale with slightly tan head, which clears up pretty fast to a ring with mottled lacing on the beer surface. Very sweet malty aroma with lots of dark fruit wafts as well. Mouthfeel is quite nice, creamy but light. Flavor seeps from the mouthfeel and spreads all over your mouth. I taste a very small hint of salt in the aftertaste, which I usually notice when the beer is higher in alcohol. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt smokiness and some vanilla and caramel sweetness, both extremes marry very nicely. I can also taste a woody and dry background, probably from the oak barrels. The wood is especially noticeable when I lick my lips after drinking this. Regardless of what I correctly and incorrectly pick from my tastebuds, I can assure the reader of this beer that it is not a beer to pass on. Try it, and taste a fantastic ale from New Holland.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a small, off-tan head. Looks medium bodied. Smells of dark fruits, some roast, dark malts. The taste is slightly sweet, pretty fruity, apples, plums, blended with some roast and a little chocolate. Pretty unique combination here. Very intriguing beer. It was lightly carbonated, but seemedto work in this case. The finish was sweet and fruity, with a long aftertaste. Decent brew.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hum ho about this one. might have been that I had pinned this as a completely different beer, but didnt let that factor my impression of the beer. Poured a dark brown very mild head. Slight boourbon on the nose, very vanilla-y as well as good portion of chocolate on nose and tongue. Mediocre and boring.
stevec (21) - Galena, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap in my bar. Pours dark with a nice thick brown head. Concentrated sweetness on the tongue followed by hints of chocolate. Finish left a light bitterness. Excellent with a steak.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with reddish-orange highlights. Head was thick and brown with good retention. Pretty mundane cocoa aroma. Sweet, slightly acidic, and boozy; kind of like a sour chocolate liqueur, I guess. I detected bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and oak notes. Tangy and acidic at then end. Interesting.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Tellerís of Hyde Park. This was the equivalent of oak-aged chocolate milk. Nice mouthfeel, unbelievably silky, and not a notice of alcohol.
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost black. Scents of chocolate, caramel and alcohol are very strong. Taste is of creamy and bitter chocolate with lots of alcohol. Bitter finish.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just an incredible drink. I absolutely love this one. Creamy, nurturing, lightly spiced, heavily chocolatey. Brown sugar, milk, .....light caramel maybe.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at Ashleys bar in Ann Arbor, MI. When I was drinking it, I couldnít think of what style it would be. I guess English strong ale makes sense. It is a dark beer, although not pitch black. Smell is roasted malts, maybe some caramel. Taste is a nice blend, everything sort of comes together, roasty, hints of bourbon, milk, brown sugar. Very smooth. I could drink more of this stuff.