IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml Bottle from a trade with HogTownHarry( Consume by 11/17/09). Thanks Harry;Nose of caramel malt, apples, and raisins hazy brown with a small but lasting beige head; flavor shows the caramel, fruit, and a tiny hop finish. Not near the ale of the TR10 and not even close to the TR8, but decent.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
06 State College Brew Expo. Poured with a Pates during Tom Peters Pairing Fine Food and Beer Seminar. Pours a hazy brown with some small floaties. Tan bubbly nicely lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, some roast and molasses. Flavor of roasted malts, dark fruits, some berries and a malty sugar.
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Brown with nice white head. Aroma: Hop, fruit, alcohol. Taste: Fruit, berries, cherries, some spices, yeast. High carbonation. Aftertaste: not that interesting, a little hop, some licorice, sharp-pointy.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aromas over a dark brown body that sports a massive tan frothy head. Scents are sweet and fruity: grapes, sugars, a touch of lemon and some spice... maybe fennel or coriander? Flavor is much of the same with a touch of yeast added, but it just doesn’t come together nearly as well as the RT 8. Seems like there are a couple of loose ends or something. Really good, but nothing like its big brothers.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iced tea brown, however so thick you cannot see through it. Head is nice, full of tiny khaki colored bubbles, which retreat to a nice small layer. Aroma is too soft, grapes, ginger, hops and tangy. Palate is thinner than the appearance suggests. Taste is light coffee, chocolate, tangy orange zest, yeast, caramel. Very carbonated. Aftertaste is fine, strong and with burnt sugars, rich malt and a tad of alcohol. A nice beer with great flavor, lighter than I was expecting, but as it should be, this being the smallest numbered beer of the series.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is complex malt and dark fruit, hints of sherry and barrel aging,copper brownish color, definitely not as big bodied as their big brothers, but still a nice complexity with malts fruits and some grapiness coming through,drying out in the finish. This is the monks daily beverage,no wonder they are so peaceful
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (bottling date Oct. 8 2005) Poured a nice "oak leaf in fall" color with a small head that diminished quickly. Fig, toasted almonds in the flavor. I pick up a lot of black and Early Grey tea flavor. It’s pretty light, and it takes a while for the alcohol to set in (no complaints!) Good, but I would prefer the 10.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish-brown with a two-finger off-white head. Very fruity aroma--plum, fig, raisins, and dates--alongside a yeasty spiciness and a hint of toasted malts. The malt aroma sweetens as the beer sits, becoming toffee-like, and the yeast aroma turns leathery. Alcohol plays a very small role. The flavor is first reminiscent of toasted dates, then turns phenolic and yeasty. It ends in a wonderful melange of tastes, including all the fruit of the aroma, a dry yeastiness, some toast, and light tannins. Alcohol in the flavor is nowhere to be found. Very good.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan head with some lacing, hazy, sedimenty chestnut body. Raisin and banana aroma, really quite entrancing. Flavour is super, with a complexity of fruit, caramel and yeast that leaves your tongue with a hint of burnt toast. Very nice.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy copper color with a medium light brown head and some floating sediment. Sweet fruit and yeast aroma. Malty flavor with some fruit, spice, and a little yeast in the end.