DeanF (1939) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a nice fruitiness mixed with coffee notes. Has a nice black body with minimal head. Flavour is sweet cocoas and coffee with a hint of apple. Smooth mouthfeel. It’s a fine and unique stout.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown body with a half inch foamy head. Nose-dusty and vegetal. Taste-almond, roasty malts, medium bitter, a staleness that is very nice tasting, light cola, apple, unsweet orange, slight lactic without the usual associated sourness, medium fruity esters. A world class beer that is delicious.
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown, fluffy tan head. Nose is sharp, peppers, spices, and a bit of turpentine. Taste comes off spicy, a bit malty, peppery, and that off taste of turpentine/paint thinner. This distracts what should be a very nice beer. OK to drink and goes down easy but that "odd" flavor does not do this beer any favors.
Beerenberger (1581) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is malt forward with notes of toasted malts, caramel, and nuts. A dark clear garnet-brown hue with a very thin tan head, which quickly forms a ring, and minimal lacing. The taste is surprisingly rich; not robust, but very rewarding. Roasted malts, toffee, caramel, with hints of nuts. There is a slight hoppy/peppery finish. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Overall, I liked this beer and would drink it again - winter or not.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 On tap at the Anvil Pub.
Dark reddish brown pour with some off-white head. Smells of caramel malt, some dark fruit, and some nuttiness. More dark fruit in the flavor with some roasted malt and sweetness. Not bad but the bourbon aged version is so much better.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy bu11zeye. Dark ruby brown and a small off white layer of foam. Nose of lightly toasted malt, english hops, and airy, bready yeast. Flavor adds toffee and cocoa. Medium body, balanced. Easy drinking, would never guess 8%. Decent.
kevinator (1546) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much better than I remember. Nice malty and caramel aroma. A bread crust brown color with a good foamy head. Weighty palate with decent carbonation. Full feeling. Bready malt flavors with burnt sugar and spices. Overall a good beer only to be bettered by the bourbon barrel version.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that had staying power. Very typical aroma for the style, but not exactly rich. i like the flavor, with a warm malty backbone. Roasted nut notes, with a spice cake thrown in. Needed more body, but other than that nicely done.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours very dark brown (almost purplish in my light), with no head to speak of. the aroma was mostly air, with a twitch of medicinal sting. not much flavor, but what is there was smoky or oaky or both. watery mouth feel. the 8% abv is way too high a price to pay for this weak effort.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours an attractive mahogeny color with a dark beige colored head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is nice and rich with significant malt notes, mostly along the smokey and chocolate also a bit of spices. Flavor is nice and full with roasted nuts, chocolate and a very subtle but well done hoppy/spicey finish. No hint of the 8% ABV. Palate is full and rounded, no thin beer here. I agree with everyone else, Rahr’s best to date. My only suggestion is that this might be best classed as an Old Ale? What do ya’ll think?