Fatehunter (970) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Over a year of sitting in the cellar. Let’s see the change.
Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy copper, half finger of head, quickly gone though.
Still smells like lots of ripe fruit: apple, orange, pear. There’s more malt to smell, dry grains.
Tastes sweet, malty, a pear and cider. Ends as a bitter sweet combo. Alcohol hidden.
Heavy body, sticky texture, low carbonation. Lasting heat but not "alcoholy".
It tastes better than a year ago. Very complex and drinkable for a high ABV.
Poured from bottle into 200 mL tulip glass. 1/4 inch dirty white head developed and quickly faded. Rust/amber color, not quite transparent. Noticeable carbonation.
Smells bright, new fruit with pear and apple most apparent. Under that is malt. Quite pleasant.
Taste like alcohol, caramel and malty sweetness. The taste lingers in the mouth for awhile afterward. Almost like the beer version of port.
Syrupy and fairly carbonated. It is heavy on the tongue.
For its style it is good. One bottle is plenty to enjoy for awhile. I have a few more of these that are going to sit in storage for a few years, maybe even a decade. I’m excited to see how time changes it.
harrymel (1096) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vintage 2012, reviewed 07MAR12
Pours a ruby ale with a nice dome of cream foam. Smells of alcohol, grain, some caramel, nothing special. Flavor is alcoholic, bitter, some sweetness, some bitterness. Really poorly defined. I don’t recall having had this so fresh, but I don’t recommend. Medium on viscous body with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. I’m not impressed fresh. Maybe one should simply buy and age as the beer is better with just a year on it.
Note to NC: release beer when ready, no sooner.
Vintage 2010, Reviewed 22MAR11
A: Pours a beautiful mahogany ale with hues of cherry red. Single finger head of roasted peanut dissipates in a couple minutes and leaves a thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Brilliant clarity.
S: Initially, alcohol comes out punching! Then I get the tones of vanilla, malt, cherries (maraschino), light soapy smell (not bad, but different). Good nose, will be better with age I bet.
T: Mmmm. Toffee, light noble hops, cascade resin and citrus are subdued, yet present. Alcohol is slightly sweet, but not in any way offensive. Hint of cornbread. Again, maraschino cherries. Nice. The toffee keeps teasing me, more time = more toffee = more happy!
M: Full bodied and medium carbonation. Dries the mouth and forces my tongue to push for resonating flavors. Nice.
O: Excellent crafsmanship. Good old ale. The profile compels me to keep a dozen in the cellar for a year or two. Should become more tawny in character. Pretty stoked about the potential here. 4/4/4/4/4-4
Serving type: bottle
Erasmus_ro (1071) - Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours an auburn brown with a small, yellowish-brown head. Aroma is caramel, a bit boozy. Toffee, light breadiness. Taste is a lot of caramel as well. Some syrupiness, dried dark fruit. A bit boozy as it warms up. Full and carbonated. Not too complex, but a nice sipper.
teorn88 (1659) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Akkurat. Thanks to a bloke in the pub. It pours a brown colour with a small off white head. Aroma is bready, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol, touch of spice and vanilla. Taste is similar with caramel up front, alcohol and dark fruit, then finishes with some bitterness and dry. Relatively smooth and medium bodied. Very good indeed.
ineedbeer (434) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 and 2011 12oz bottles side by side.
Aroma on both have a similar malt character with toasted bread, caramel, and toffee. Some fig and raisin notes. The 2010 has almost not hop character and shows a bit of oxidation with some honey and wet paper. The 2011 is definitely brighter with some citrus and resin hop notes and doesn’t seem to have much oxidation. 2011 wins on aroma.
They both pour a slightly murky copper amber with a tan head. The 2011 had more head and it was thicker. Both receded quickly to the edges. Light lacing and faint legs. 2011 wins on appearance.
The flavor is a bit different between the two. The 2010 has a much smoother flavor with well integrated malt and fruit components. Lots of toasted bread, caramel and toffee with raisin and fig notes. Light prune notes as well but not much hop character. Medium bitterness and light alcohol note in the finish. The 2011 flavor is a bit rougher on the edges but is also brighter and fresher. Caramel, toasted bread and toffee again dominate. Lesser, but similar in character, fruit notes than the 2010. More hop bitterness and a bit of hop flavor still intact. More alcohol spice in the finish. 2010 wins for flavor.
2011 is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. 2010 is similar but with medium low to low carbonation. I think I like the lower carbonation as it had less carbonic bite. 2010 wins on mouthfeel.
Overall they are fairly similar but the difference of a year is noticeable. The year really hurt the aroma of the 2010, but I think it did a lot to smooth out the flavor. I actually don’t like the contribution of the hops to the flavor, but found it helped with the aroma.
Lectvay (16) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 bottle at Brewforia Eagle. Pleasant malty sweetness, smooth for 11.9% but slightly medicinal. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, doesn?t seem right for this style.
troupos40 (56) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage pours copper, aromas of cherries and vanilla. Full mouth feel, sweet in the tongue, alcohol is makes nicely for almost 12%, pretty good beer
gsmitty80 (1693) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 - Deep dark red/copper pour. Aroma was a little disappointing with not much there. Head was very thin and quickly dissipated. Thick mouthfeel with a nice high alcohol pull that brings the belgian candy tastes to the front.
Brentv (102) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage. Poured from the bottle a dark red. Big off-white head with very fine texture that hangs around for a long time. Lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, and caramel. Sweet, not hoppy. Creamy mouthfeel. This should age nicely.
Senap (187) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Årgång 2013. Väldigt fruktig, första tanken går åt en extrem fyllig cider. Nog känns den höga alc.nivån, men stör inte heller. På det hela taget en upplevelse, men den kräver sitt tillfälle.
mzaar (1237) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB, årgång 2013. Rödorange, lätt dimmig, med smutsvitt litet skum som snart lägger sig. Doft av russin, karamell, citrus, plommon, körsbär och grapemarmelad Den höga alkoholen ger en närmast glöggliknande känsla i munnen, med värmen och julkänslan. Där hittas apelsin, karamell, russin, ingefära, söt lakrits, fruktkaka och plommon. Alkoholen klistrar sig fast i gommen. Mycket gott.