italianjohn (2434) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark browish cloudy pour, thin ring of white head, light lacing ..... Aroma of caramel malts and light orange with a bitter hoppy citrusy grapefruit bite ... taste is of caramel malts light orange and bitter faded grapefruity hops nice bite with a lingering bitterness ... Warms up well ... Not bad at all abv hidden very well
Shakesbeere (217) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber caramel brown with a foamy tan head. Smells of caramel malt and earthly hops with notes of fruit. Tastes of strong caramel malt with an underlying hop bitterness and alcohol flavor. The flavor balance slowly disappears by the end of the beer with the bitter and alcohol flavors dominating. It still tastes good, but it’s not perfect. Full bodied and sticky; a little heavy and dry in the finish.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
An above-average alt that needs better balancing between the hops and the rest of the palate, but overall is good.
DrSilverworm (7958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample from a 12oz bottle, shared by tmoney99. Wow, never had an alt with such high ABV. Clear brown/red color. Little light brown head, dots of lace. Big, rich full body, but not sticky in the finish, very nice. Chewy. Good fruit notes. Little earthy hops. Light sweet taste. Some bitter. Hint of smoke. Tasty stuff.
b3shine (6237) - Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to taster (thanks tmoney99). Looks solid; a semi-transparent brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells malty. Tastes the same with an average mouthfeel. Better than I expected.
JDBaker11058 (1444) - Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear, very dark brown with garnet highlights, short tan head and thick lace ring around the top. Aroma: slightly boozy, with notes of caramel, syrup, molasses, wet granite, and a bit of earth. Taste: bready and sweet, with flavors of molasses, a hint of maple syrup, chocolate-covered cherries, leather, wood, and wet leaf. Finish: sticky, slightly sweet, a bit boozy with mellow, earthy hops trying to balance. Notes: Not a huge alt fan, but this was a big, bold, tasty beer. Not for every day, but enjoyable.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is pretty good but definitely sticky sweet. It has a sugary character to the body but doesn’t taste as strong as it is. Pretty good.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium brown color with a light tan head with good lacing. Smells of molasses, brown sugar, caramel and citrus. Tastes mostly the same as it smells but also has a dark fruit taste and the flavors come out better with a defefinate alcohol presence from the abv. Palate is light and creamy with a dry finish. This is a pretty good beer overall for the style and I enjoyed it
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a murky brown color with a smaller off white head. Aroma was molasses, brown sugar, malts and syrup. Flavor was some dark fruit, candies, molasses and sugar. Big body. Heavy mouthfeeel. Longer finish. Decent to above average beer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice. Very malty. I haven’t had many alts, but this is better than I remember the others being. It was easy to drink for the high ABV.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, reddish amber with a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had heavy bread, caramel and all sorts of malt; light to moderate herbal, citrus and resin hops; prune; apple; cherry; alcohol; and hints of cola. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and light to moderately bitter with and average to long duration. There was all sorts of malt, tons of malt, caramel, prune, cherry, apples, citrus and resinous hops, something a little rubbery, alcohol, dark bread and a little cola. The medium body was a little oily and then a little dry with soft and lightly tingly carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.