dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark choclately amber with small head. Aroma of a nice roasted malt very evident and peaked my interest. Flavor was a bit disappointing though, since it wasn’t as strong as I would have thought from the aroma. Was a bit sweeter than I would have liked, but the alcohol was pretty well hidden. Overall, a good effort by Samuel Adams, which I like to see.
ryanfolty (1909) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 24, 2014 - bottle from MGM. Brown pour with some head and minimal lacing. Aroma was fruity, caramel, yeast and some alcohol. Taste was dominated by the alcohol. There was some yeast / bread in the background throughout and the sweeness from the fruit and caramel came out in the finish with a sharp dry alcohol. Wish the alcohol was hidden a bit better and this would have been really good.
winto (33) - Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
nose: banana bread with pecans and all, rum, the yeast gets a bit sickly if you ponder too long.
palate: gorgeously textured. holy @#$%. liquid bread with thick gooey bubbles! too complex to even begin describing. all on the nutty bready caramelly alcoholly sweet side but oh so much more...and that’s my only complaint: it’s way too sweet for my taste. i feel like im gonna wake 5lbs heavier tomorrow. if you don’t mind then go for it.
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Lots of alcohol. Pretty good.
johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Granite State on tap.
Deep brown with a smallish quickly dissipating off white head. Huge bready caramel raisin dried fruity maltiness with just a touch of alcohol and earthy hop to balance. Nice sipper that I need to spend a little more time getting to know.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
probably 4th best or so of the first10 DB’s i’ve tried...similar to Optimator, with a ever so slightly tighter carbonation for a lighter mouthfeel. very sweet and malty. solid effort."
beerbaaron (1347) - Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark ruby with decent khaki head. Full body. Alcohol is there and starts to get in the way. Fairly Thick bready malty. Caramel. Dark fruit. Something a little strange, or off putting or something I didn’t quite like that I couldn’t put my finger on. Solid.
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At GABF 2013. Pours bronze creamy head. Aroma is syrupy munich maltiness. Taste is sweet caramel, sweet interesting yeast note.
cbfobes (2348) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle, pours a clear dark reddish brown with an off white head, aroma is a nice amount of sweetness and a good amount of caramel and dark sugar, the flavor has a dark caramel and sweet front end with a bitter finish, still balanced, not bad.
CpyNPrnT (413) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
at tasting, what stood out was the malty characters, toffee among other things. Decent.
AbbeyRoade (401) - Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2014
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ek! This would be SO MUCH BETTER if I didn’t taste only alcohol with every sip! Any delightful hint of malt is overrun entirely by the booziness of this brew. Huge letdown. Hardly drinkable.