nimbleprop (3850) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a translucent, copper amber, almost a neon copper with a thin, creamy slight off white head. Nose is a little odd, cinnamon, cough drops, cupcake icing, almost a carrot cake like nose, very sugary, a little orange. Flavor is a little better, still a lot of carrot cake, sweet, some ginger, some nutmeg, cake icing, malty, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, oranges, dates. Full bodied, sweet finish. This needs some time. This could be awesome in 2 years, but right now, it’s like drinking carrot cake.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a medium sized white head. Thick malt, a touch of sweetness, toast and caramel on the nose. Big thick body, velvety smooth. Malt right away, a touch sweet and earthy. There’s no big alcohol note anywhere apparent, but a huge warmth comes through after the finish. Finishes with a sweet malt note, a nice balancing bitterness, and a touch of soft bitter wood. Nicely done.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 Hazy nut brown, thin white ring with wispy top. Nose is heavy brown sugar and bubblegum, bit of earthy metallic notes. Flavor is very sweet, sugary, light tea and bark, definite alcohol burn. Thin, sticky profile. Boozy as hell, I don’t want to keep drinking but Hart paid! Fahk!
jredmond (4567) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle split with Vi. Pours a dark amber body with light off white lacing. Aroma is bland sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium to thin but with no real distinct flavors. I was surprised to see that this was 12% but overall it’s a pretty bland brew.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Kramerbooks Cafe in Dupont Circle. Pours a deep plum color with a creamy tan head. Nose holds big caramel, molasses, port, raspberry, toasted almonds, and vinous notes. Palate is a bit uninteresting. Too middle of the road, but still ok.
mcox90 (1371) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Sampled at Siptemberfest & picked up a four pack at a local bottle shop. Pours a deep mahogany with a thin off white cap that disappears quickly. Sweet caramel aroma, tinged with a good dose of booze. Flavor is rich with caramel as well as plenty of dark fruit and a secondary hop presence. Smooth palate with a good alcohol burn. Low carbonation. Quite nice. Expect to pay $11.99 for a 4 pack.
Johnsense (600) - - NOV 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured brown with 2 fingers of head. Aroma of dark fruits, booze, and a bit of earthiness. Taste of strong malts, cherry candy, Toffee, earthy, a bit of raisin and plum. medium to heavy mouthfeel. I’d sip it through the night - it’s certainly no Altbier, but maybe a barley wine crossed with a strong amber.
thornecb (3966) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour clear deep amber into a shaker. Off-white head recedes leaving scant sheets. Roasted malt aromas. Sweet toasted raisin bread upfront turning to bitter resin in the lasting finish.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A heavy uber-malty copper beer that drinks relatively easy
How: Tap at Vermont Brewers Festival 2011
The look: Partly cloudy copper body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: The malty nose is rather timid for a 12% monster. No alcohol fumes, no fruity esters, just a pure cereals nose. Taste is mostly about malts, lots of toffee, burnt caramel, tree bark, notes of tobacco, wooden hops, alcohol well hidden. Body is thick and a bit syrupy. Overall this was rather easy to drink for a 12% beer. Not bad at all, but not exciting either. This was my last beer of the festival and it was enough, I was starting to stagger heavily and the festival staff just didn’t believe me when I said it is because I never got used to the constant rotating of the Earth.
radagast83 (3742) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5oz pour at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria VA. Poured a dark copper color, small off-white head. Aroma is malty, touch of earthy hops. Flavor is mostly sweet malts, toasted notes. Alcohol is so well masked I was really surprised to see it listed as "12%" - wow!