Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 My January 2014 review: Pours a read brown with a pretty white head that dissipates into film. Aroma is simple and unappealing: caramel, grass, and dough. Palate is worse... heartburn city. Did not enjoy. Won’t buy again. Will not drink again.
My December 2014 review: What a difference a year makes. Rated a 2.5 last time I tried it. THIS beer pours a deep amber/brown with a nice off white head. Aroma: caramel, cereal, floral, dough, and a little bit of cooked vegetables. Taste is slightly off balance towards sweet. Palate is nice with some sticky. Quite an improvement.
donandres (276) - , Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap to wine glass growler
Appearance: Deep dark brown, white head, not a lot, minimal lacing
Aroma: very fruity aroma
Taste: lightly toasted grains, slight chocolate
Feel: foamy creamy feel
Overall: Overall very good beer
seehaferb23 (164) - - NOV 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice flavorful winter ale for the price. Tasted by the Cannery Row Beer Club. About $4 at New Seasons.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hansvf (581) - - APR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Donker maar helder, karamel kleurig schuim. Ruikt ook naar karamel. Smaakt vooral naar een roasted koffie. Niet verkeerd, ook niet heel lekker.
superspak (4300) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/25/2014. Pours fairly clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, herbal, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. A light metallic note is present in the aromas as well. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, herbal, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, light pepper/pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Some light metallic/astringency in the taste, but not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. I felt this could have been better if it were less hoppy, but was a nicely enjoyable offering otherwise.
trevor211 (1538) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark, cola brown. Dark malts and raisins on the nose, transferring well to the flavor. Slightly tinny, but that’s fairly well hidden under some lively bittering hops and a hefty malt bill. Good balance for a winter ale -- really not bad.
78samh (231) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle poured reddish brown with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Very malty and a bit hoppy. Ok
mintzmeet (421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting unnameable flavor. Think it's a strange hops varietal combined with the chocolate n roasted malts. Not real smooth, kind of bitter. Dark mahogany color. Oily head.
andrewje41 (2471) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour. Pours a dark reddish brown color wi th a sweet malt aroma. Mostly sweet, caramel malt flavor with a hint of chocolate. Nothing here stood out, but it wasn’t bad.
fluffy (2241) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
not a huge fan of this, though it was nice to try it. wouldnt get again though.
Arayaga2 (2057) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkish caramel color, with some off-white head. Aroma is slightly worty with caramel and some grain. Strong up-front tea-like bitterness chords well with high initial sweetness.