emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin off white tan head and some streaked lacing along the sides of the glass. The nose is very phenolic with some roasted nuts. The flavor is very strong initially but fades rather quick. As it is in your mouth the flavors are robust but the booze is not well hidden and has a lot of sweet sugar and earthy hops all in your palate. Overall it is an alright brew and could use some more flavor and balance between hops and malt.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a translucent reddish brown colour with a medium beige head that fades to a ring. The nose is of caramel, old coffee, tobacco, roasted malt and cherry. Some booze and plastic notes come through as well, indicating to me that the flavour and body might be weak. My senses prove to be accurate, as the body is watery and the flavour is muted. There is clearly a good amount of crystal malt here, exemplifying that wintery flavour. There are some light fruity notes and very light toffee as well as some peppery spice up front with a bit of cherry. Some roasted malt comes through, but not nearly as much as the papery crystal malts. The finish is roasty, but thin and short lived. The carbonation is appropriately sharp for the thin body. Not for me.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 vintage bomber shared by JoeMcPhee. Wow this was a weird beer but not bad overall. Pours a dark deep woody amber with a nice creamy beige head and some slight lace. Aroma is toffee, sugary sweet, with a crazy earthiness, some tobacco, toast, and caraway. Flavor is also similarly weird - lots of herbal and earthy tobacco, and caraway earth, and unique spices mixing with a typical drying toasty Munich malt backbone and an ok bitter finish. Crazy beer that was somewhat easy to drink, but nothing that great overall.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Dark pour, malty sweet chocolate aroma, a touch of cigar and tobacco leaf. Kind of rough, bitter aroma, dark malts, sweet and thick and pretty creamy, really. Some odd flavors, but a great mouthfeel. This is really quite OK.
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a reddish tint, small head. Aroma of hops, coffee, cream, and some honey. Flavor is more bitter, with a suffering mouthfeel at is quite watery, and there is a bit of hop and citrus presence. OK brew, but nothing special.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is earthy hops with nice roast aspect. Coffee with some sugary sweetness. Flavor is creamy with notes of bitter grapefruit- great hop character. Palate is a bit watery and finishes smooth and wet.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, 2008 edition). Slightly sweet aroma. Dark brown body, small head. Flavor is malty semi-sweet, with traces of spice and chocolate. Astringent finish.
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 07 vintage. Pours a rich dark brown with a two finger tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, brown sugar, light chocolate and notes of spices. Flavor is light to medium bodied and is moderatly sweet with caramel, brown sugar, roasted malts, and with a light smokiness. Decent brew
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark mahogany with crimson edging. A huge, rocky, beige head filled with medium sized bubbles developed. Batter-like froth clung to the edges of the glass after the head fell, but all lacing dissapeared after the first two sips.
Aromatics are rich, malty, and bready. Proofing dark bread leads off, with powdered chocolate and drizzled caramel following through. Slightly roasty and buiscuity.
Medium bodied and on the creamy side, with some residuals lingering on the tongue.
The pallet is more subdued than the nose, with the bready malts still apparent, but a very well attenuated malt character leaves one begging for a little more Munich character.
Bitterness is nill and balancing the slightly sweet maltiness. Fresh bread crusts, cocoa dust, and a hint of toffee round out nicely.
Finishes fairly dry, with some faintly lingering residuals. Alcohol is without a trace, and the beer is very drinkable albeit a bit on the thin side.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Aaron for this one. Dark brown body, tan head lingers, then recedes to a thin layer of bubbles. Light fruity aroma with some caramel noticeable. Smooth spiced flavor, has a fruit roll up resemblance.