EvanFriend (255) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of dried fruit. Taste is oak, honey, a hint of smoke, a faint whiff of booze. Subtle hops at the end.
JHeath99 (424) - - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours slightly hazy amber with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet, and an undercurrent of booze. Taste of vanilla and cherries with a slightly oaky/boozy that lingers.
artmcd8 (1225) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 draft at Beermuda. Pours a clearish golden color with no head. Aroma of vanilla and raisins. Taste is sweet and a but hot from alcohol. Really great sipper and Iím surprised I havenít had it sooner.
ModeEngage (105) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours hazy amber with an off white head that lasts. Smells of honey and oak. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of honey, dried fruit, and rye. Buries 12 percent alcohol.
tmoreau (2065) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 750 ml. bottle(2011) poured to snifters showing a darkest brown color with some ruby highlighting, a light layer of off white head foam, and minimal lacing, maybe light spots at best. The nose presented an initial hint of soy, then continued with dark fruit, and brown sugar, nearly treacle-like sweetness. Medium+ bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste was quite sweet & malty, but tempered and improved by the warming, cognac-like alcohol. Surprised at the soy for only a couple of years age, but wasnít apprized of the cellaring care.
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. On tap into tulip. St. Paul.
Appearance: copper/orange color. Mostly transparent, but some haze. Small rim of white head.
Aroma: caramel, raisin, malty, dark fruit, alcohol.
Taste: sweet up front. Mild bitterness in the finish. Warming Alcohol.
Palate: thick, syrupy. Mostly still carbonation. Long finish
Overall: very nice beer. On the sweeter side. Nice warming alcohol. Pretty complex.
nilsas (870) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
God duft av malt, druer og krydder. Dyp mÝrk rÝdbrun farge. Lite skum. Godssmak av frukter. 2009 versjonen.
DCLawyer (1299) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle->snifter. Cloudy dark amber with small tan head. Caramel malt, dark fruit, bread, some spice. Bittersweet, boozy. Could use some aging, but quite good.
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Aromas of fruit and vanilla are faint but nice. This is warming as it goes down and has a nice amount of carbonation. The taste of booze, vanilla, malts, and some hops all add up very well to make this a great beer.
ironprog (43) - - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2012 edition. Pours a cloudy, deep amber, with an off-white, tight head that dissipates moderately. Aromas of milk-chocolate, caramel, fruit (maybe fig?), and vanilla. Taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, and just a hint of black-cherry. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Carbonation is average. Finish is smooth and sweet. Overall, I really like this beer. Although, as it warms up it gets sweeter. By the time it reaches room temperature it is almost cloyingly sweet. However, straight out of the fridge is a little too cold and you donít get all the subtleties. So i suggest letting it warm up for 5 minutes before indulging.