Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, and MDS, Mike’s bottle. Dark ruby brown, small white head. Nice burnt sugar, dark fruit, sweet malt aroma. Decent taste - more burnt sugar, dark malt. A little watery. Some alcohol. Not bad, a new state for me.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc, mds and tupalev - mds’ bottle. Poured clear deep ruby-amber with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, wood, sweet, dry, dusty, yeasty. Dry, roasty, bitter aroma - nutty, some bitter chocolate and coffee grounds, long bitter finish. Average body, a little astringent, fairly flat - very nice beer, not sure about the style.
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a brownish red color with a very thin initial head that turned to a thin outer ring. Lacing was excellent, especially for this stronger beer. Some caramel underneath, but coffee came out stronger under the feature flavor of brown sugar. A slight pine hoppy touch in the finish. Mouthfeel was porter thin, was expecting something more rich from a name like this one. An odd beer, not sure what to compare it to, and overall not my cup of tea.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2006
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark, coffe brown. Not Starkbucks French Roast opaque brown but more like an over stuffed Folgers. Throws a shallow spritzy froth. Aroma is slightly malty with an offensive burnt celery whiff. Possesses ample residual effers with medium weight nectar. Flavors are dry, woodsy, smokey, offensive with the forward celery. Now heres the best thing about it. The bitterness. It dries up like a mouth full of beach sand which tries like hell to clean off that celery stink, and almost does. Even with the fantastic bittering, I can’t drink more than one bottle. The celery is way too much.
Overall: a bitter sweet one night stand.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz Bottle: Pours a deep dark reddish-brown/amber color. A rather small dark brown head that leaves only a ring around the edge throughout most of the beer. Aroma is strong of coffee and roasted malts, there are some faint touches (though not much of anything really) of prunes, alcohol, and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet and finishes hoppy. Some notes of toasty roasted/burnt malts, prunes, caramel. Gets a little sweeter and brown sugar as it warms. Has a little bite to it.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of FlacoAlto. Aroma very nutty and cardboard like-stale maltiness. Faint hop background. Flavor again is very nutty up front with bitter english hop finish. Very dry. Just o.k.
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent dark copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma of dry toasty caramel with a hint of butterscotch. Body starts with a semi-sweet toasty dark caramel flavor finishing more dry and earthy with a lingering sticky bitterness. A decent English strong ale.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the dog track - A clear deep red beer with very little head. Not much of an aroma. Light malt favor with a balanced bitterness. Very light alcohol warming. Medium body with some residual sweetness. Not bad.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky amber red color, with a small off white head, decent lacing. The heads leaving! Aroma is salt water taffe(Sp?) fresh hops, tinging on the nose. Flavor is sweet smooth, with a nice hop bite, lots of booze bitterness with apple in the finish.
robertjm (772) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Practically zilch in head. Dark amber color. Cloudy as all get go. Nice english-style hops in flavor, which lingers in the aftertaste. Slight malty nose. After a few minutes of warming up the malt flavor is more pronounced, hops less so.I kind of laugh at the "...true premium ale and is priced accordingly." As to the sweetness they refer to? Where? Its interesting to read all the reviews. Tons of different opinions. Seems like a jekyl and hyde beer to me.