Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap: Light malty aromas of caramel and chocolate. Dark brown with orange hilights and a small beige head with nice lacing. Flavor is a little weak with watery caramel and chocolate, hints of roasted grain, and light bitterness in the finish. Suprisingly no hints of alcohol with so little other flavors to cover it up. Not enough strong flavors for me. Rather boring.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown caramel color, light head and lacing. Nose is again, vegetal with some alcohol and fruity notes showing themselves. The flavor is fairly woody with some dry malts and splinters. Finishes with a light sherry note along with some maple and plum notes. Zug.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in trade from Padrefan98. Thanks!
Pours a rich semi cloudy dark maroon color. Smell is mild, smooth malt and almost peaty to me. Taste is smooth, malty caramel, and peaty subtle smokiness. Creamy body and low carbonation. Sessionable and easy drinking for the 8%, but not a flavor I cared for too much.
obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yeasty hay nose. Milk dark copper, huge tan head, good lacing. Flavor is rusty and metallic, with cherry notes present. Alcohol is not noticeable.
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Minimal coffee aroma. Clear dark brown, thin head, good lace. Light coffee initial / caramel in mid with some light spice notes and alc. / nominal malt in final. Medium body. Not so good, really. Not sure exactly what they were aiming for.
robertjm (718) - 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.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Flaco Alto. Thanks! Pours decent brown, with a semi-lively body and a head of off-white. Aroma is, as best I can describe, a malted sugar ball of celery. Very earthy and crisp. Definitely unlike anything I have ever smelled in a beer before now. Flavor is chocolate celery with hints of roasted malt and chocolate syrup. This is one straaaaaaaaange beer. Average mouthfeel. Interesting.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
sweet, citrus and caramel; altogether caramel aroma; fairly slick and flat carbonation; average appearance; bittersweet, sugary, citrus flavor; the amount of alcohol IS hidden; i am not sure about this, but it might be trying to be too much--simplify.
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Near black with thick tan creamy head and foamy lacing. Malty aroma has a faint tinge of rubbing alcohol lurking the background. Bitter / sweet taste of dark-roasted coffee and toffee. Creamy mouthfeel.
olr1984 (712) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours amber with tan head. Toasted malt caramel aroma and taste.