Marduk (3533) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml b (thanks Anna parents) 2009 vintage. Hazy dark amber color. Small size, yellow head, stays. Sweet, menthol, caramel, cakey notes in aroma. Toffee, mint, malty, berries, raisins in taste. Sweet, cakey aftertaste. Honey-like mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice one.
Steve_0 (3166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 2011 vintage. Pour is murky caramel colored with a small eggshell head and decent lacing. Cherry skins, toffee, caramel, somewhat bready, sweet dates, plums, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is bready, caramelly, sweet cherries, some raisins, brown sugar, grapey, tangy, and cookie malt with a light alcoholic finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not bad, but the barrel aged version is much better.
FatPhil (10054) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle (Beertopia, Nebraska) thanks Annaís parents! 2009 vintage drunk 2015
Where have my previous 2 ratings gone!?!? Nice roast aroma, cakey, dark bread, a little sweet, and some mint from the age. Does smell 5+ years old. Lovely full smooth palate. Soft sweet malty body, just a bit of caramel and toffee, but not sticky or sugary sweet. Retronasals are lovely, has that tempting cakey caramel. Finish beatifully roasty, a darker caramel than the taste. Covers the alcohol brilliantly, and doesnít just smother it with sugar. Dang, Iíve sat on this for 6 years, It was worth the wait, but alas itís now itís over. Thanks Frank!
BOSSbrewer (2298) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 20 Springs. 2012 vintage. Pours amber yellowish brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is malty with slight dark fruits. Flavor follows and is pretty bitter, but with a nice maltiness. Slight booziness. Overall, a very nice beer.
c_lee_burton (161) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Edition. Pours a brown sugar color with a slight quickly diminishing light tan head. Smells like caramel and brandy. Definitely has some caramel malt and scotch booze taste. Thereís also raisin and plum flavors. Thinner than I would like. Gets better the longer it sits. I will let one sit for a while before opening again.
Vinylholic (18) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet and malty aroma with hints of nutmeg and spices. Pours a medium cloudy brown color with a moderate head. Goes down smoothly expanding on the sweet aroma with an almost bourbon flavor. Just enough carbonation without being too strong. Full body with strong flavor. One of the better beers Iíve had.
Lagerboy (1479) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl. oz. bottle, 2014 vintage. Clear medium copper, vanishing off-white foam. Aroma is syrupy, sweet caramel, vanilla, boozy. Fairly intense, woody vanilla barrel flavor, quite sweet, caramel, malty, port-ish. Softer carbonation, full bodied, moderately hopped. Lasted almost 3 periods. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
abergdahl (89) - SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep plum aroma, dark brown with thin head, wonderful complex taste with a long after taste, great...
Bif (1616) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 vintage. Pours a dark amber color with a small head. Aroma of dark fruit, maltand spice. Taste of dark fruit, raisons, bit of malt and hops in the background. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, smooth, with a rich flavor, very well balanced and just a bit of the 11.8% ABV peaking through. Will try this again after it matures a bit.
Bulk_Carrier (2516) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a decent forty-five seconds. A nice trickling yet speckled lacing clung but ended up sliding into the beer.
The smell had a nice sweet to malty cinnamon and raisinous sticky slightly maple-esque conglomeration.
The taste, for the most part copied the smell and added a nice coating of a sticky sweet cinnamon and maple and a nice dark fruit (sweet plums).
The palate sat about a good medium on the body with a nice sessionability running under my tongue delicately yet smoo.
Overall, did I have this at the absolute best time? Hot damn, this is super good! Wow at least to me.