phaleslu (4459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Terrapin version; gold foil over the green turtle cap. Pours a deep brown color with some haze to it and a bit of red tint, with a small off-white head. The aroma has chocolate and caramel malts, faint vanilla, dust, and finally some peppery spice. The flavor follows the same pattern; gritty chocolate and caramel up front, with some middle sweetness that gives way to a spicy finish. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer.
HonusWagner (892) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drinks something like a Maduro brown infused with about 25 percent of the espresso in a Cubano Maduro and 50 percent of the vanilla in Vanilla Maduro. Held up well to months of aging, which I don’t see the 2012 doing.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a semi-opaque light brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was malty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt burnt malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
NikkTwist (897) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Khyber. Very dark ruby red with a small off-white head. Vanilla beans. Red plums. Vegemite. Cocoa. Mushrooms. Sweet rotting caramel apples. Low carbonation. Medium body. Interesting. Like a younger lighter wee heavy. Unusual. Worth a try.
mikem409 (1143) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at club house. Pours brown with medium white head. Aroma of spice and sugar. Taste is toasted burnt sugar
burg326 (2331) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle shared, poured a dark brown color, almost black. Aromas of chocolate, light roasted malt, light caramel, cinnamon, and peppers. Flavors are light compared to aromas except the peppers, more heat than what was expected.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 3/26/12. Bottle split and shared at a tasting this last weekend.
Pours a ruddy dark brown. An inch-thick beige head caps it off. Light lace left behind. The aroma bursts with vanilla notes. Mild spiciness to it as well. This is another sweet one for the night. This beer is a little on the thin side. This drinks really "wet." Wouldn’t mind this being a little on the thicker side to bolster the sweetness. Starts out with the vanilla leading the pack, melds into a mild cinnamon and allspice concoction. This is where I think it finishes, but oh does this finish. The heat from the peppers, though seemingly absent at first, bring up the rear and add a nice tingly singe to the palate. This lingers for awhile too, until I can get another sip, where the sweetness brings everything back to balance. I love the complexity to this one. Each flavor was noted, and each worked together well. One of the highlights of the night.
blipp (4784) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours brown, getting close to black, with a big head. The aroma has sweet and roasted malts, vanilla, herbal hops, and light dark fruity notes. Te flavor has sweet malts and dark fruits, vanilla, an odd hint of pumpkin that I think I’m just making up, and light herbal hoppy notes. Unique, and well put together.
coolpop (1163) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large tan head that left some good lacing. Aroma was lots of roasted malt, some caramel, chocolate. Flavor was roasted malt, caramel, chocolate (milk and bitter), touch of vanilla. Chili was muted -- maybe supplied a bit of fruit. Heat slowly built. Carbonation was quite soft, mouthfeel was slightly oily.
Petrucci914 (834) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Don’t remember much from this brew but I tick’d it high. Enjoyed it at the time.