illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with my friend Brian. Pours a deep mahogany with a diminishing off white head. Pleasant aroma of berries, spice, and mild chocolate. Nice medium to medium light mouthfeel, more like a session than a typical strong ale. Aroma carries into the flavor. Flavor of plums, caramel, chocolate, berries, accented by some subtle spice. Not overly sweet. There is not much hop bitterness in this one. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, and makes this very dangerous. A very pleasant surprise. I would recommend that you ask for this when trading with Dallas ratebeerians. However, I would put this in the spice/herb/vegetable category, not American Strong Ale.
jrob21 (2184) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice ruby red color. The second one with a really nice color tonight. Almost no head. This reminds me more of a scotch ale. Malt, yeast, bread, wheat aromas. Smooth with a slightly unpleasant metallic taste on the finish. Canít make out many more distinguishing characteristics in the flavors. Full bodied. Slight cola, caramel flavors towards the end.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, white creamy head. Nose held soft notes of toasted toffee and dark fruits, with lesser notes of spiced roasted marsmallow. Dark fruity malt flavors and hints of coffee and caramel lead the way from start to finish. Jjust a touch of balanced hop bitterness in the end, but the malt still wins out. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, malty finish. Nicely done...
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Cornfield. Thanks Carl!. Nice sweet aroma that portends of good things to come. Hint of high alcohol, in the nose but it is mostly hidden. Mostly opaque, very dark reddish brown with a thin off white ring. Not much lace. There wasnít much of a sound when I popped the cap, so I was leary of flatness. However, if I wasnít thinking that I wouldnít have noticed that it may be a little less carbonated than average. Nice, fairly well balanced flavor. Not much in the way of hops but the roasted malts and higher alcohol work well. A tasty brew. Not spectacular but no glaring flaws.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a lasting creamy beige head. Smell is slightly herbal and malty. Taste is a bit bland, but with smooth herbal and light caramel malt. Almost no bitterness. Creamy body with soft to medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but not too amazing.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably better then my numbers reflect, but I just could not add it up any other way/ BTW, I listed this as an ASA, but if someone else can come up with something more fitting, please feel free to change. Very thin head with some good lace. Brilliant garnet color with a crisp tongue feeling. Good burnt malt, but not over done like B-ridge. In other words, nicely balanced.
unclemike (2068) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle) Pours a dark burgundy body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, dark malts, caramel, and licorice. Flavor of sweet and dark malt, licorice, and hint of dried dark fruits in the finish.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
High carbonation. Fake nutty aroma. Rather poor, dry, lightly spicy flavor.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is honey, toast, caramel, brown sugar, fruit, roast, coffee, and a touch of floral hops. Flavor is honey, toast, chocolate, roast, some coffee, and a light brown sugar finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of rayl101. Mahogany, film, spotty lacing. Vegatal and spice in aroma, nothing else. Flavor loaded with spice, nothing else. Canít get past the vegetal character. Really nothing going on here.