BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise, ID
Murky chestnut color, off-white tanish head with very thick and attractive lacing. The nose is very malty with dark raisin and fig notes. Sweet pinot grapes, strawberry and other fruity hop and alcohol notes. The flavor is intense at first, almost like you need a warmup beer before this. Light acidity, moderate sweetness and bitterness. Hot alcohol in the flavor. Rich body and full mouthfeel, the finish is sweet but balanced. Very nice and full beer. A bit brash and green, but it adds to the character.
Eman (1) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it on tap. It was at cool-room temp., small whitish head (hard to tell in the dark bar), looked like a barley wine--dark-red, clear. I could smell the hops before drinking it, and a little spice, not much else. Texture wise, the carbonation was pretty low, which contributed to itís denseness--again, much like a strong barelywine. Now for the flavor: this beer was all over the place, moving from sweet bubble-gummy flavors, to piney hops, to bittersweet malts, to spicey syrup qualities. I agree with the other rater that the raisins/molasses arenít very present. The alcohol was not apparent--but by the end of the beer I could tell it was around 9-11%. At no point was the flavor week or artificial--very consistent throughout. I really liked this one, although it left me a little confused!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is really delicious, that is all I can say. The flavor profile is amazingly complex with some spiced rum, along with a hint of molasses, the raisins are not really present and I would have not known they were there had the bartender told me how it was brewed. Amazingly well balanced with just a little heat in the finish, from the alcohol. The spices are very present too. everything about this beer is well represented, hardly anything gets washed out. Very well done.