bluesickboy (13) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Reddish brown in color and quite hazy. Flavors of fruit, malt and toffee. Nice blend flavors hide high alc. well.
droyer (12) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Definitely need to cellar this. Tasted a bottle of the 2009 vintage and it was still a little too sweet. Very good potential though.
westcoastbias (12) - panama city, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05 bottle, poors a deep copper apple cider, nose is very resiny and a little toffee. Nice abrupt head that lingers. Taste is too complex but is well rounded, not too malty with just the right amount of finishing hops. Sticky residue left on tounge with a warm finish reminding you that this beer packs a punch, but oh so smooth for a 11.4%. Damn good.
earleyjd (12) - Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge fan of the north coast brewery. This is an inbetween pranqster an old Rasputin. Full body. Strong flavor
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gotmos (11) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004, bottle. Brown with a little bit of head. Strong aroma of licorice, alcohol, fruit, coffee and sweet malt. Creamy texture with hoppy fruity flavor at the onset with a strong alcohol taste that fades into a very tasty choclaty coffee flavor at the end with a little bit of bitterness. Very good but the alcohol is a little overbearing to the beginning flavors. Aftertaste is very enjoyable.
apkerga (11) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very harsh alcoholic taste and astringence. It did easy up as it warmed in the glass and a great depth of flavors were noticeable.
nixter (11) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tastes like congnac without the alcohol bite.... slightly spicy, orange peel, medium body, very rich. Apparently a case of the 2000 old stock just sold on e-bay for almost $500.
Systembolaget (11) - Malmoe, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 version in a bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown colour with a medium large light brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, leather and hints of iron. Flavor is malty with caramel, syrup, toffee, raisins and liquorice. After a while a small hoppy bitterness is recognizable behind the other flavors. Not bad but a bit to sweet for me.
rpm56 (11) - Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a nice caramel head that dissipates in about two minutes, leaving a beautiful deep cooper ale. A nose of damp leaves and wood. A smooth palate and lasting finish. One of my favorite ales.
Hops4MyHips (10) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage: Pours a very nice cloudy mahogany. Aroma is nice, with dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol-the flavor doesnít quite meet my expectations set forth by my nose, yet as it warms, the flavor ever so slightly more-but not much. Initially it tasted a bit bitter with herbs such as lavender and dark coffee. I was surprised at the lack of sweetness, since most of the aroma contained some kind of sweet scent. As it warmed it strengthened in its robust coffee flavor and alcohol. Overall, not a bad beer. Quite palatable and would not mind having another.