fiulijn (16161) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Community Food Co-op - N Forest St, Bellingham, WA
Dark mahogany color, beautiful; but the head, medium sized, is fizzy and short lived. Mild aroma of caramel, some wood, light toffee, and a wiff of roasted nuts. The caramel flavor is well developed, moderately sweet, with a touch of sweet nuts; the bitterness level is quite low, while in the final there is a pleasant alcohol warmth. After some minutes in the glass and with a bit higher temperature, it starts showing a rounder body and more malty presence.
It could as well be a malty and good English Barley Wine, but with a Scottish nuttiness.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some dark fruit, a touch of spice, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is nice, though not quite as good as the aroma. Sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Notes of spices, some alcohol, and a little bit of syrup.
bhensonb (12135) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very ruddy dark copper with a slight beige head. Aroma of pretty roasted malt with hints of chocolate and treacle. Full bodied. There’s a suggestion of smoke, there’s very smooth heavily roasted malt, and it’s sort of like sucking on a Sugar Daddy. Bits of medium dark fruit are present - not dates - but in that direction. Incredibly smooth. Finishes darkly fruity, roasted caramelly, and certainly less than dry. Drinks way too easily.
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toffee flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex good brew.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from some online place I’m forgetting the name of right now. Pours a hazy dark red color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee and dark fruits. The taste is toffee, caramel, dark fruits, anise. Medium bodied. I thought based on the aroma this was going to be awful, but thankfully it tastes very nice. This will be a very bi-polar score.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Mostly clear orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The luxuriant aroma is a malty, fruity swirl of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, medium sherry and a tropical fruit blend. Full-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Fruity, malty, vinous flavor. Lengthy, sugary, toffee and caramel finish. Thanks to JMFG for sharing a very nice version of my favorite style!
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark/burnt caramel brown. nose: oxidized caramel malt, burnt maple, light notes of acetone, dirt/soil/minerals. chewy, syrupy, over-sweet approach. medium body, turns mildly frothy in the finish with a black pepper and spiced molasses note. finish is resinous and deeply rich, but it’s really the only positive attribute of this beer. not one of their best efforts.
arminjewell (8470) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, rich molasses, toffee, hints of grass, spice notes, nice dark fruits in there as well. Taste is a mix of lots of sweet molasses, toffee, dark fruits, hints of spice, slight grass. Pretty tasty and well done wee heavy, though a bit sweet.
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, purchased from the brewery 2 months ago. Pours a dark amber orange with golden highlights and a bubbly tan head. Sweet toffee and tea aroma, hints of dark fruits. Flavours are all malt initially, with caramel-on-toast, sponge toffee, and a subtle earthiness that leans more toward dried leaves and tannins than it does toward true peatiness. Some vague fruit nuances too. Warming and smooth... delicious.
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of cigarcitybrew.
pours amber with beige head.
Aroma is fruity with notes of cherry and loaded with caramel malts. There is an enjoyable candi sugar nose coupled with a touch of vanilla.
Taste is very smooth and sweet. I noted more of the dark fruits than in aroma with this light creamy vanilla mouthfeel.
At 8abv, the beer will not let you down. The overall aspect coats the palate and leaves you wanting for more.