hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Mostly clear, deep amber ale with glimmers of orange and a small, fizzy, white head. The bouquet is an assortment of rich malts and fruity hops and esters - notes of vanilla, toffee, fruitcake and medium-dry sherry assert themselves. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is malty-sweet, but pulls up just shy of cloying - caramel, cotton candy and a splash of crusted port stand out here. Lengthy, malty, fruity finish. Bottle generously provided by Rosebud butternuts!
Suttree (5646) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky orange, huge white head. Smells like prune and honey, with hints of raisin. Smooth viscous palate, with some fruity, bready flavors. My wife says it tastes like panatone, which is apparently some fancy raisin bread.
cgarvieuk (18120) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting...... copper ... thin whote head ...soft sweet fruits ... soft totffe malt nose ... soft dry malt ... soft toffee roast ... soft fruit ... soft malt ..dry roast ... sweet toffee
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured clear, medium orange with a short beige head. The aroma picked up sweet honey, toffee, and aged caramel joined by black pepper and lavender notes.. warm and inviting. The flavor found honey, caramel, and whiter vinous sweetness at the core, with grainy notes, peppery alcohol, and oxidation around.. finished sweet, grainy, and warm. Heavier-bodied with a full mouthfeel.. a bit too sweet and boozy.
Drake (10949) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, graham crackers, citrus, floral notes and booze. The taste is stone fruits, candied fruits, citrus, toffee, toasted malts, booze. Medium bodied, high heat. Decent.
Crispy34 (487) - Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle shared with my Dad 1/16/14. Aroma is sweet and malty, maybe with some yeast as we'll. Appearance is a darker bronze with a creamy white head. Taste starts out on the back of the tongue and is a sweeter taste through out. There is a malty dryness as well as some earthiness. Palate is an earthy malt taste. Overall, a good old ale.
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Homer321 (2912) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle thanks to djd07. poured into a snifter. head disappeared before I sat down. Very clear pour, dark orange color. Nose of toffee and candy bar nougat. Taste is initially sweet and shows some heat after a few seconds. more heat after that. Wow, warming, almost burning. Malt kind of falls off at the end. I was hoping for some more chewiness and sweetness. just kinda so-so. No real Sherry oxidation (or bad papery either). Not bad, not great.
merc7186 (2660) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Sweet Bready Malts, Mild Caramel, Mildly Spicy
Appearance: Orangish/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, No Lacing
Taste: Bready Malts, Mildly Sweet Booze, Figs, Mild Caramel
Mouthfeel: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
alexsdad06 (7272) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by someone at Natifest. Pours a clear orange amber color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have a sweet malt forward beginning, bourbon like alcohol, wood, vanilla, caramel, some spicy notes. The nose was not very strong.
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Some fruity notes with a lot of caramel flavors. Light estery notes with hints of clove and banana.
A: Pours a somewhat murky amber-caramel color with a thin ring of foam.
T: Follows the nose with some toffee, oak, spices, very very mild dark fruits, alcohol and vanilla with a slight bitter hop note that just pulls away the nice sweetening flavors.
P:Medium-light mouth-feel with a full alcohol warmth and just a hint of bitterness.
O: Drinks like a mild Old Ale, especially for a 10% ABV, which qualifies it as a full SNIPER. Sweet, as to be expected but nothing earth-shattering.