ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish amber with a pretty big and thick pale beige head with a surprisingly good retention. Nice lacings stick along.
A somewhat edgy, yet also round smell. Noticeable spiciness and stingy mix of alcohol and a hint of vinegar. But underneath this edgy character lies a beautiful and smooth malty foundation of dark bread, caramel, fudge and coco powder. Rich cherry-like fruitiness, raisins and nuts. The composition of rich sweet aromas and hints of tartness is definitely interesting, but I don’t know if it’s all together successful.
A pleasant taste, but still hard to really get a grip on. The maltiness is dense and has a rather bready character. Caramel, fudge and some chocolate notes delivers much of the sweetness. Plenty of nutty aromas. Vinous fruits (cherries, red apples). The sweetness is balanced by a rather noticeable tart note, which is actually quite surprising but very pleasant. The beer has distinct "aged" character and it is obvious that is has been barrel aged (dusty cellar, some wet wood and that general taste of oak barrel). In the finish, there is a mild bitterness and a prominent taste of alcohol. Raisins, some herbs and spices rounds it off.
Medium body with a smooth texture. Initially, the carbonation is a little bit too much, but it settles nicely.
Not bad at all, but it’s not excellent. From such a great brewery I think I would have expected more, but still recommended.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
aracauna (3174) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is strong ale light. The body is much lighter than I would have expected for the style. It’s more like a pale ale or ESB in body and flavor. Impressive masking of strength in this one It could be dangerous.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark almost still pour. Aroma of oaky tannins, vanilla, green apple, and toffee. Flavor is vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, cardboard, and oak. This beer is just okay. At 10 bucks a pop I can think of other beers I’d rather spend my limited funds on. I have a long history with this brewery and I really wanted to like this. I just didn’t
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Mahogany hue with a frothy head spotty lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, earth, paper, wood, and dried fruit., The taste has a heavy bready and treacle toffee overtone along with raisins and prunes. There is a strange medicinal and "clayish" finish. The mouth feel is soft and medium-bodied. This is just weird and not for a lot of good reasons, not a fan... a big waste of money.
tomer (1877) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a tasting, many thanks David, no head, murky dark orange colour bordering on the brown, aroma of overipe oranges, marmalade, and some oxidised notes, flavours of dried fruits compote, ketchup and a strong woody feeling bitterness, some alcohol in the back but not overpowering, thick mouth coating sensation. Wonderfull and intense sweet sour finish which lasts for ages.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What an outstanding beer! I dig the way the wood plays with the fruity character of the ale, BIG notes of caramel, ripe cherry, plums, dates, hints of vanilla, almonds, and blackberry. Sweet caramel maltyness, and a very mild tartness on the back end. I would drink this all the time if (A) it were available all the time & (B) I could afford to. The mouthfeel is velvety and supple and finishes with the complex hints of an old oxidized Port wine. Lovely beer!
zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ a tasting, thanks David for sharing this one, pours orange to ruby with an off-white head, great aroma of fresh grapes, cherry liquor, toffee, caramel, vanilla and nutty notes, flavors of nuts, wood, then noticable bitterness and zesty feeling accompanied by white wine, cherry liquor, caramel and spicy finish (clove), very nice brew with almost full body.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep orange with little to no head. Nose is fruity esters, toffee, earth, cardboard, apples, plum and other dark fruits. Flavor is sweet fruits, berries, cherry, oxidation, damp mustiness, sweet toffee and caramel. Oily full bodied beer. Very nice.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: wow, very interesting, heering cherry liqueur, limoncello in the aroma, malty, fudge, toffee, chocolate, sugared cherry, toasted caramel, yeast dough, complex, full bodied, oily, good sipping beer.
glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Moderate cookie for the malt, citrusy hops, heavy must and mold for the yeast, with wood, vinegar and toffee in the background. Head is small, fizzy that thins to wispy with larger bubbles, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear dark copper. Palate is medium, watery but a little slick, with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. Very bold and deep, my brother said this was off compared to the last one he had, so I’ll give it a re-rate when I get a chance.