mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crazy interesting, but probably does need to age a bit for the flavors to mellow. Pours reddish brown with thin head, really no lacing. Aroma is cinnamon raisin bread with a tinge of alcohol. Full-bodied, coats the mouth with caramel/molasses flavors. Intense malt, maybe a touch of spice and again a bit of alcohol once it warms. I enjoyed it, but am interested to see what it does with time.
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage. Poured with a small, slightly off white head. Little hop aroma. Some carmel and toffee notes in the aroma. Lot’s of raisin flavor and big upfront bitterness. Strong Alcohol. This one should age well. Definitely need to lay this one down for a year or two.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color: Dark Amber
Aroma:Alcohol sweetness, plums
Body:Caramel malt, bready and a hint of bitter hops
Finish:Slightly dry and warming alchol feeling
Over-all/Mouth-feel:Rich medium, over all a big beer.
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 - Great brown pour, with lots of caramel and smoke in the nose. some licorice? maybe. Sweet to start, full bodied, clean finish. A feel of a thick grape juice, quite carbonated on the tongue. Complex for sure, is that chocolate? Yes it is. Was that caramel? Yes it was. What fruit was that? I don’t know but I sure did like it.
Banksiz (80) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, 11.5%. Cherry-port nose giving way to a caramel chocolate. Sweetish, slightly raisiny, heavy velvety body. Just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness and body. Great strong ale.
jbmanz (76) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint but sweet malty aroma.. Noticeable booze hint..
Nice dark amber color..
Well carbonated, smooth and creamy..
Malt, Carmel, honey, raisin and a warming alcohol background on the taste.
Balanced and finished nicely
sneakychi (75) - SWEDEN - 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).
RevBFG (75) - - 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.
sudsmeister (74) - Westminster, 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 doesn’t take too many of these puppies to warm you up on a cold winters night. Congrats to North Coast!
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage. The aroma on this beer sold me on it’s merits before it even got 1/2 way to my mouth. Strong and warm, with very low phenolics for a beer this young. Good carbonation as well that brings the hop bittering and aroma out as it bubbles. I am going to try this vintage again in a year or two to see how it goes.