mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of malt. They claim "subtle" hops. A little too subtle; needs a tad more to balance out the sweetness. I even tasted a hint of bourbon; probably because of the high alcohol content.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red brown color. Smells like a big bag of roasted grain with a litte coffee note. Tastes sweet, and roasted.
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
ALTHOUGH THE BOTTLE THAT THIS CAME IN IS NOT AS PRETTY AS THE BOTTLE SHOWN HERE, THE HEAD ON THIS BREW IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS. THICK AND CREAMY BROWN AROMAS ARE ROBUST AND REMINISCENT OF A RICH BARLEY WINE COLOR IS A DARK CHOCOLATE THIS ALL LEADS UP TO THE MAKING OF A GREAT BEER, THE FLAVOR IS THAT OF SWEAT BARLEY WINE MUCH LIKE THE AROMA TASTE LIKE A FRUITY FERMENTED WINE WITH A RAISIN FLAVOR MIXED WITH DARK ROASTED MALTS. ALTHOUGH THE AROMA AND APPEARANCE IS GREAT THE BEER IS NOT THE BEST OF ITS CATEGORY
yackery (163) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 12oz bottle. One-finger head that lingers atop yet five minutes later with comparable and complimentary lacing.
The aroma is impressively very roasty recalling chocolate coffee in a metal pot but mostly coffee in a metal pot. That’s definitely better than it sounds.
The appearance is a beautiful, amber lava, seriously red and glowing appealingly.
The taste is a little bitter and salty and a little sweet. And a little meaty carrying the nose most excellently.
The palate is full body with perfectly lively carbonation and a satisfying finish.
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Caramel sweetness dominates along with a lot of alcohol on the finish. Would have liked more complexity and depth.
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany/amber red; like a glass of wine even. Head is minimum. Flavor is dominated by a strong presence of alcohol, that tingles the palate. The taste is true to the Adams brand; different, not like others but just as good and even better. Would Recommend.
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark appearance amber color with minimal tan head. Very strong malty aroma. Very smooth taste that is complex. Very malty and roasty with a strong roasty finish that lingers. Another excellent different beer from a great brewery.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with yellowish head. Aroma is caramel,malt, molasses and a hint of roast chocolate. Flavor was the same savory and peppery.
Holtguy (157) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour with a creamy white head. Taste is malty with nary a hop to be found. The high alcohol is hidden well. I found this to be a fine beer, one of my favorites from Sam Adams, and I welcome this readily available, high alcohol offering from this brewer.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a finger of creamy khaki-colored head that slowly dissolves into a medium sized ring around the glass. The aroma is heavy with toffee with some caramel, smoke and booze. Tastes of toasted malts, light whiskey, peat and some burnt caramel. Its a medium bodied beer that is syrupy and hints of carbonation. I am actually pretty surprised at how much I liked this beer. I didn’t expect too much from this and got so much in return. That said, it is a bit hot in the finish.