natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 reserve. Poured beautifully, rich woody amber colour with a thin, but tight head. Extreme lacing, probably from the high alcohol. Fantastic aroma, like good scotch and molasses. The mouthfeel of this beer is incredible, smooth and full...creamy, too, like drinking....well, cream. Full flavour, tasting a bit like those rumball pastries at the bakery. A truly phenomenal beer. On a side note, we threw it onto the alcohol analyzer, and it came out at 11.877 %. Mmmmm, belly warmer.
sudsmeister (66) - Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This brew is a malt lovers dream. Dark, rich, thick and tasty. Expensive too. It doesnít take too many of these puppies to warm you up on a cold winters night. Congrats to North Coast!
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber, slighty ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma is of rich caramel, some raisins, a slight alcohol bite. Flavor is rich with pears, caramel, raisins, but with a generous dose of hops that kick the bit of sugars off your tongue in a hurry, leaving a slightly nutty lingering finish. This one is sure to age well - I hope I fare so well!
RevBFG (65) - - JUL 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours hazy copper color with tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is bready and malty. Taste is strong in malts and caramel with some fruit and a lot if alcohol tossed in for good measure. Slightly carbonated with a sticky mouthfeel. Terrific beer.
sneakychi (64) - - NOV 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Dried fruits, apple, freshly crushed malt, bread.
Taste: A hint of hop bitterness, caramel, malt sweetness, dried fruit (raisins).
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark pour with little head. Smell of toasted malt and hops. Nice flavor of malt,coffee,hops and bitter sweet choclate. Very thick beer on the mouth. Nice drinker when cold outside.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2002. Wow what can I say. Great beer after a crappy day at work. Nice apple aroma flows from this hazy brown body. The taste is sweet with a stout bitterness along for the ride. My only knock is that I can actually taste the CH3OH.
Strilo (63) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The older it gets, the better. Within reason of course. Having just had the '09 at a local beer fest, this 2012 is excellent, if young. It ages very well, mellowing and rounding out. Still, brand new, it's pretty dang tasty!
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boogerracing (62) - Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my personal favorites to drink. So it had to be my first rate!
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old stock 2007 edition. Numbing alcohol caramel flavor. Notes of fruit and brown sugar. I must try this beer again after a year or so of aging.