phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from STLWill- thanks again, Will! Opened in line at the Side Project Pulling Nails Blend #2 release, I know this one didn’t give me much cred but I tend to bring home beers for Thanksgiving that aren’t as sought after because my family doesn’t care either way and is just excited to try new things. But we made it through some other stuff that day without getting to this. So this 2008 vintage is what I had to share. And it’s a craft beer store staple that I’d never had, somehow. Pours a muddy amber-brown with a tiny beige ring for a head. Blindfolded, I’d have said "aged American strong ale," because this one had notes of cardboard, brown sugar, caramel, toast, and maybe some earth and tobacco. The body has thinned over the years but has some slight heft left, but not much carbonation. Not bad at all, really. Probably better fresh, but this was fine.
jb (2479) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rochester Tap Room. Clear orange / brown. Sort of had barley-esque character, but a bit better, as I hope for Strong. A bit more balance. Plenty of sweet though, and plenty of toffee. Sticky thick mouthfeel. Liked.
Jimthechap (2033) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the XS version in the big dark bottle, vintaged 2013 that I have been recommended to put here. It’s a beautiful looking beer with its lush orange-amber colour and a thick cream coloured head. The aromas are of lush stonefruit predominantly: apricots and peaches galore with pears, nectarine and almonds. Thick and viscous with pinches of bitterness, I could have drunk more of this were it not for the fact it made me fall into blissful slumber.
Fatehunter (1642) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a finger of head on a dark straw colored body.
The aroma is mild grain and honey.
The taste is caramel and honey sweetness with a mild dry bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is crisp but thicker.
ckilly (39) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I'm a fan of IPAs and I really sharp, sometimes bitter, high alcohol brews. This selection was very tasty.
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Emeister84 (1534) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
XS Dead Guy: The nose is honey, toasted nuts, some booze. Clear burnt orange, fully fading head. Some sweetness, pretty well balanced. Medium-full bodied, a little hot.
slowrunner77 (6890) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"big doughey, dopplebock nose, with some added hops. this beer is classified generically as a strong ale...more like a slightly hoppy dopplebock. complex taste, especially as it warms, but something is just a touch off. Very good, but there are excellent db’s (or strong ales) out there for much less. Glad we tried it though. Pours with a nice frothy head. Mahagony color, and a complex palate."
bpreo (2014) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really good and really strong. Much much better than the original Dead Guy.
JHeath99 (1409) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a muddy amber color with a slight ring of cream colored head. Aroma of malt, grain, and some booze. Taste of malts, rye, and some booze.
rollsrace (65) - - AUG 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited release in a 22oz bottle. Stronger than most ales. Slightly sweet, not too hopsy. Goes down good. Seems unfiltered or like homemade.