Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this beer was amazing. Very sweet with a big backbone and lots of dark fruit flavors and a bit of caramel
MadRobin (1603) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 4 oz. sample at Maryland Microbrewery Festival at Union Mills Homestead in Westminster, MD on Sept. 29, 2012. I gather from other tasters that previous years' batches were mulch better than the 2012.
Murky rusty brown with minimal head and fair lacing.
Aroma of brown sugar, prunes, figs and caramel.
Taste of alcohol, caramelized brown sugar and light hops.
Very full body and medium/light carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Huhzubendah (2230) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Brad & Scott!
Hot Monkey Love (quite a name, eh?) pours a brown color with adequate head and lacing. The aroma smells like a strong brown ale, with some caramels and dark fruits, as well as alcohol present in the nose. The taste is pretty decent. I found the 11% abv to be very present, though not distracting. The overall flavors were not as big and bold as I expected and hoped. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, in my opinion. I would have preferred perhaps more malt and a fuller body. Overall, a pretty good beer, but not something I could consume too much of.
sonnycheeba (2961) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours dark, nutty brown with average, frothy off-white head; short retention and some lacing. Aroma is figs, brown sugar, caramel and cookie malt, light floral hops, and faint spice. Flavor is heavy malt with supporting fruit esters and some hops and nutty undertones; sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear tawny with a medium, fizzy off-white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is dates, plums, and figs, light spicy alcohol, floral and perfume hops with huge caramel malt aromatics. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops, medium bitterness, lightly tart dark fruity esters, and light alcohol with a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Maxxs in Fells Points. Small, creamy, light tan head. Strong fig type fruity taste. Had a spicy hoppy finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at the 2009 SPBW Real Ale Fest 10/17/09: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with an airy light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet toasty dark caramel and light fruity esters with a toasty grainy maltiness. Starts with decent fullness and caramel maltiness with some resiny bittering hops before a drier, slightly warming finish. Needs more body and complexity for the style.
Holdwine (1065) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, power packed with fire and flavor. Great, cnadied, sweet and wonderful maltiness. On second thought, maybe a little strong.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pre Father Day O’s game - This batch is 12%, not the advertised 9.5%. Good call Hopscotch. Chestnut brown and amber, thin creamy light tan head. As it warmed, the aromas played out with hints of musty caramel, dried cherry, and brown sugar, with lighter notes of sourness and melon. This was very well bittered throughout, but the sweet molasses, dark fruit, and caramel notes combine with the alcohol to provide decent balance. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, bittersweet finish. The Wharf Rat is really starting to do things right these days. Good stuff...
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... Hazy, orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. Earthy, vineous aroma with notes of red wine, dark fruit and alcohol. Malty, vineous flavor with caramel, dried plum and plenty of warm alcohol. Full-bodied and fizzy. Cotton candy, alcoholic finish. Winds up dry. This beer is definitely "Hot"... tons of alcohol. Tastes more like an 11% ABV brew than a 9.5%. This one could stand a little cellaring. Still, I’m not one to shy away from a little ethanol. I like it.