blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, dark brown color with nice medium head, aroma of fruity cocoa, flavor is stout with some dark fruit and roast malt, finish is smooth
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small frothy beige head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt with caramel and roast. Thin mouthfeel with a rich malt and chocolate with a bready finish. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol well. A good English strong ale from Rahr.
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours dark brown to black with a smallish tan head. There is not too much aroma but what is there is mainly molasses and roasted malt. I really expected more aroma from a beer like this. The flavor is better than the smell. Roasted malt is the main flavor but malt sweetness and spices are also present. The spices are somewhat muddled but I think nutmeg and cinnamon are in there somewhere. The beer is not too complex but is not a bad beer. Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer is very creamy which is the best aspect of the beer.
It should be noted that this beer appears to vary in carbonation. I have had several of these this year and the carbonation has varied from almost non-existent to medium. The carbonation definitely helps the beer.
thirdeye11 (5782) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught at brewery) pours clear brown with ruby highlights and very little head. Nose is subtle but hints of nuts, roasted malts and coffee. Taste of hairspray, nuts, sweet malt, Roasted malt over-dried fruit and finishes warming and bitter. One of rahrís better beers honestly.
Pailhead (5684) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of bu11zeye via trade. The aroma is very roasty with roasted malt and hints of nuts along with some faint caramel. It pours a transparent brownish-red with a small off-white head that quickly fades. The flavor starts with moderate dark fruits with a light roastiness that lingers throughout. The fruitiness sweetens a tad in the finish along with some light bitterness and faint caramel. There is just a touch of alcohol flavor in the finish, but no real warmth.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The body is a clear, dark brownish amber and the head consists of a film of bubbles that soon evaporates. Itís got a mild roasted malt aroma with burnt caramel and bitter nuts. Very thin and watery, which makes me surprized by the 8% ABV. The roasted malt continues into the flavor along with a light fruitiness and, finally, a touch of alcohol thatís acompanied by some earthy nuts. I almost like this and would probably drink it again.
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Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from 12-oz bottle and shared by moelikebeer. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, cloves, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of roasted caramel malt, a hint of molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Finish is more towards the malty side with a clove and herbal aftertaste. A typical Christmas sliced strong ale.
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black pour with a khaki head that hangs around a little while. very sweet with lots of malts on the nose. a little thinner than i was expecting but overall a rather tasty beer. roasted malts and a slight dry chocolate aftertaste.
JK (4972) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bourbon aroma. Dark brown appearance. Mild bourbon flavor. Sweet malt. It is ok. Sweet malt aftertaste.
markwise (4813) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to drowland for the share at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours dark red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa, slight fruit, nuts, and an interesting background sweetness. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a lot of porter quality to this one. Medium bodied and decent overall.