BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours clear dark amber with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, sweet candied dry fruit, and dank hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, dried fruity esters and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured dark ruby/mahagony-purty beer!aroma is complex and sweet with a hint of apple(?). the flavor is unique and can maybe be closest compared to an english barleywine, but actually better than most i’ve had. full bodied without being thick or cloying. if ths were bottled, i’d be searching it out. the flavor is truly special."
ironically bottles not quite the same. 4.2 tap, 3.8-9 bottle
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeah it was different and it was great. it was DEAD all the way through. Very unique.
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby red with a ft dollop of cloudy white. Aroma is subtle yet complex blend of toasted bread crust, rich caramel, peppery rye, and citrus (lemon zest?). Big, smooth and balanced with flavors of roasty malt, sweet caramel, some light fruitiness (blackberry?) and lemon peel. Finish is smooth with a slight bitterness that lingers pleasantly. Give me some blue cheese!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Somewhat hazy, nutmeg shell brown color with some soft cherry hues and a creamy layer of light beige head. Aromas of strawberry fruits and pale chocolate malt accompanied by a soft floral hop character. Hints of caramel, biscuit, and graham cracker malt. The fruity notes are highly intriguing, especially considering that the smell suggests they are malt derived. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a chalky malt texture. Hefty maltiness, but restrained sweetness. Lots of strawberry and raspberry fruits integrated smoothly into a biscuity and chocolatey malt profile. A light butterscotch/toffee flavor peeks through, perhaps a smidgen of diacetyl, but not enough to detract significantly from the enjoyment of the beer. While the malts develop some of the flavor characteristics of dark malts, they keep a safe distance from developing any roasted or burned flavors. Finishes moderately hoppy, leaving a lightly spicy, herbal hop bitterness lingering in the final smack. The malt complexity is truly fascinating.
J_man (785) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly heavy aroma of wood and candy sugar. Crystal clear dark brown with a ruby tinge and a decent tan head. Right up front there’s a good bitter hop/tannic bite with an equally strong alcohol bite. Molasses, dark candy sugar, toasted wood and bittersweet chocolate flavors abound. Hops go from start to finish on this with mostly flavoring rather than aroma, and they’re heavy on the tongue with a nice earthiness. Interesting balance between a light-medium body, a heavy flavor, rounded mouthfeel and a dry, woody aftertaste This would be a good dessert beer with anything containing chocolate. This version is from 2010 and is only 7.5% ABV.
thirdeye11 (5773) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber thanks to ericandersnavy) clear copper with a lasting film of soapy white bubbles. Nose of brett, floral, rose, white pepper. Taste of berries, white pepper, florals, candi sugar. Creamy oily body with a great linger.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured amber with a beige head. aroma was fruity, spice, and rubber. flavor was pine, spice, and floral notes.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Hamilton’s. Pours cloudy dark brown with a moderate white head, specks of lace. Smells deep and sweet malty with somecereal grains as well. Tastes grainy sweet malty, slightly fruity, sweet, earthy with some hay. Full body, ok carbonation.
marcus (7454) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tna head and a toffee aroma. There is a complex nutty dark malt flavor that reflects characteristics of the various grains used. Theextensive hopping produces a dry bitter finish.