dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber withi medium off-white head, lots of lacing. Aroma obvious of sweet caramel malt, citrus, and floral hops. Flavor matches well and is quite a nice surprise with how well it comes together.
zach8270 (3691) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Copper pour with an off-white head. Big malty sweet aroma with some dark fruit notes. Flavor is sweet and earthy at the start with a bitter middle and a lingering bitter finish.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - MAY 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-26 -12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a slight reddish hue. Upon pouring there is a giant off white head. The head is composed of big bubbles, but yet has quite a persistence and lasts for some time. Over time it fades and leaves some very nice lacing.
Smell – The aroma is big in malt and sweetness. The malt is mainly roasty in nature with nice biscuity aromas mixed in. For the sweetness, it is composed largely of a toffee aroma with some lighter dark fruit aromas mixed in.
Taste – A heavy sweet malt favor meets the tongue. It is a bit of roasted malt with some sweet cherry bread. Toward the middle the fruit flavors of some cherry and even a little citrus work their way in mixing well with the nice roasty malt flavor. These flavors persist to the end and finish off the taste by mixing with a light boozy flavor that leaves a very nice warming sweet flavor in the mouth.
Mouthfeel –The body of this beer is quite creamy and thick. You can almost chew this one. The carbonation level is just below average and helps to accentuate the nice thick, chewy, creamy body. Mixing the wonderful body and nice carbonation level with the warming feeling that the alcohol brings it makes for an overall very enjoyable mouthfeel.
Overall – This was a nice brew. A nice thick body with some strong sweeter flavors. A very nice sipper with great flavors and a nice feel.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Plum and mahogany with cherry wood highlights. A boisterous tan head fades in rocky clumps and swirls just as foamy and rocky.
Cocoa powder, chocolate crisps, and graham crackers. Date and raisin pumpernickel bread. Boozy chewy maraschino cherries in the middle with a tickle of spicy heat in the back. Liquor cherry cordials.
Creamy and chewy with pulped and smashed cherries. Tannic apple and plum skins in the finish makes the tongue tingle. Spicy heat in the breath – boozed cherry cordials. Lips are sticky. Candied apples and plums. Sweet smoky chocolate along the sides. Skor bars smoldering over a fire. Dry rustic finish.
With all the spicy boozy rustic notes, I was thinking more of a barrel-aged Alt-bier…if that is even possible. There was even a hint of Samichlaus in there. Truly unique and truly delicious.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitterness up front, sugar and rum, a bit medicinal, and the alcohol follows it up strongly. A bitter reminder of hops stays on the back of the tongue. The smell is much nicer than the flavor.
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle form the long shot packs. Derf should keep his secret, because this beer was not very good. Brown color, white head, sweet as all hell. Fruity, brown sugar, some hops, huge alcohol burn. Not my favorite beer, thanks but no thanks Derf.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - Pours clear and dark amber in color. 1 finger of tan head.
S - Graham cracker sweetness, yeasty pie dough, dates, caramel covered nuts.
T - Figs, dates, and raisins soaked in alcohol, there’s a good amount of spiciness as well. Thin molasses and nutty caramel malts ride the middle of the fruit. Finishes with spicy alcohol bite.
M - Medium body, good carbonation, slick feel, mellow, mellow warmth.
Great job by the home brewer. This one has a very nice nose on it. A good drinker too but not as put together as the aroma. I did like the fruit esters. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
jgb9348 (4926) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep brown coloured body with a hint of toffee, ruby and amber tints and a thinnish tan head. Aroma of alcohol, sugars, caramel, yeast, graham crackers and a bit of pit fruit - nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong toasted malt flavour up front with a big metallic bitterness, some caramel, a little yeast and a strong alcohol warmth at the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of complexity with pit fruits, caramel, toasted malt and a bit of spices at the end, but perhaps a bit too much depth and pungency with metal showing through. Overall, a good and relatively complex beer with a solid flavour profile and a good representation of the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$8.99/6 pack, sampled at home in Washington on 30-April-2013.
alexsdad06 (6307) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is malty, caramel, light chocolate, fruity with citrus notes. The flavor is moderately sweet, caramel, lightly toasted, citrus notes; medium plus bodied. A bit bigger than most alts.
Huhzubendah (2758) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is copper colored with amber / ruby highlights and a half inch of tan head. The aroma offers candy, sugar, malt - smells sweet. The flavor brings sweet malt, candied fruit, and booze. A bit hot and sweet for my tastes, but I suppose the style calls for this, at least to a certain degree. Some plum and raisin characteristics emerge more as the beer is allowed to warm. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this was pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2012
hopdog (9421) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Hazy deep amber with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, chocolate, and earthy. Tastes of earthy, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with some dark fruits. Alcohol well hidden.