Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle
Maybe I got an old bottle but this was disappointing. I was hoping for more depth. Instead I got a run of the mill 8% ABV beer that is heavy on the booze and light on complexity. More balance would make this light years better.
Aroma / Appearance - Excessive amounts of head took their sweet time folding into a maroon base. It took over ten minutes before I could see more than a corona of brown foam. Rich stained mahogany, cinnamon candy, and stale cardboard tell me something in this was off. I can’t put a finger on it but this was not so old that it should have been this far past its prime.
Flavor / Palate - Heavy and cloying there is too much warmth relative to the other flavors. Stale chocolate, warm red hots, and used oil form a boring and dull experience almost from start to finish. There is simply too much ethanol and not enough taste here for this to be worthwhile.
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very sweet, even for the style - very smooth, though - loads of toffee, as well as caramelized sugars, along with a faint buttery diacetyl flavor around the edges - some roasted nuts, dark fruit, and a hint of tartness on the end - not too bad, just way sweet.
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a dark almost black amber color with small creamy head that dies quickly. Aroma of roasted caramel. Beer has quite the nice medium body to it that finishes sweet. Very balanced taste with the sweetness of the malts and the bitter of the hops lightly lingering in the background. The warning on the bottle is true, the 8% alcohol is well hidden.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to cbkschubert. Nice roasty taste with malt and caramel. Sweet aftertaste. Kinda reminded me of a cola almost. Thin mouthfeel with some carbination.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from cibo pizza in phoenix. Great food, and this was a really good beer. balanced, sweet, mellow and not watery.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent beer. Pours slightly hazy brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma and flavor of caramel, and sweet malt dominating. Little hops, slight nut flavor. Average beer.
gringo332 (611) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear reddish brown color/ fleeting head. Nice ripe dark pit fruit, spicy sweet aromas. medium body. Sharp, spicy caramel flavors with ripe pit fruits, mildly boozy finish. decent.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark almondskin, clear. Small light tan head. Aroma seems trapped. Hidden caramel and spruce. Tasty and rich, good caramel malt and good structure, very creamy. Little rose petal finish. Good on ya.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight ruby with a khaki pin stripe.
Aroma: Apples and red apple skin and alcohol.
Taste: Red apple skins, finishes with bitter hops.
Mouthfeel: Watery, big time.
Overall: A lousy beer. I’m hoping it was a bad bottle, and not what the beer was supposed to be. Also, maybe I’m sensitive, but the bottle with the monkey squashing a water melon was a bit bizarre to me.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours red/dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet, and taste is malty with a bit of sweet candy taste. Alcohol is hidden well, and the flavor is very solid. Not bad!