tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at lithy’s Septemberfest. Pours dark orange with ecrue head. The aroma is fruity with oak and vanilla notes, raisin, caramel, and a hint of orange. The flavor is orange, caramel, raisin, and some woody hops. Oak in aftertaste. Good, but not all that impressive.
LilBeerDoctor (3301) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear burnt amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of oak and lots of sour notes (acidic) and molasses. Flavor is less sour, more sweet and sticky with molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet, sticky fruits (sour apple in particular). Not what I expected from this beer (the sourness) but I did enjoy it quite a bit.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma intriguing and rather surprising with tart, acidic-seeming fruits, toffee, cinnamon, fig. Flavor starts out with those fruity, gently sour and acidic notes, then progresses to malty, sticky, and chocolaty notes, and finishes up on oak and tannins. Something new is always hitting you. Subtly rich and refreshing at the same time. Really nice stuff.
Particularly coming from a non-geeky brewery, the price can be off-putting at first, but the price is on par with many similarly-made concoctions. Some of those receive complaints as well, though others are favorites around here. I’m not saying that makes it "worth it" (I surely won’t be buying it again), but I’m just sayin’.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color is a dark amber/light brown. Very cloudy. Nice two-finger head--closer to white than beige. Surprisingly, very little lace is left on the glass.
The smell features lots of darker malt sweetness--much like molasses or maple syrup.
Not as sweet as the smell suggests, but that’s because there’s a solid dose of hop in the finish. Thick and slightly oily (from the alcohol). Lots of stone fruit flavors, particularly plum. The aftertaste has a mild sourness mixed in with the malt sugar and bittering hop balance.
Overall, this is a pretty easy beer to drink. The alcohol level is lower than some, yet it does retain all of the elements of a strong ale.
Suttree (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper, no head. Lots of brown sugar, prune, rum and rasin. I get a lot of honey or molasses in the flavor, as well as notes of rum, vanilla, and some fruity flavors, to. Not bad. Sampled at lithy’s Septemberfest.
Butters (3665) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Lithy’s Septemberfest Tasting. Clear golden orange with thin layer of tan head. Nose of apple, vanilla, oak, hints of alcohol. Flavor is cinnamin, oak, christmas spices, like hard apple cider. Kinda hard to get behind, especially for how expensive it is.
dben900 (8) - richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2009 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
550 ml bottle at Caliente in Richmond. Interesting. Reminds me of a sour ale. Definately taste the raisin/prune flavors. Nice spiciness. Kind of pricey, but the wholesale cost is expensive.
zizzybalubba (1303) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
550 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours dark orange (think about what a standard DIPA looks like) with a very thin, quickly fading white head. Aroma is unusual; raisins, prunes, oaky, sugary. Taste is sour at first but then quickly becomes sweet. Alcohol is present but certainly not overwhelming. This is really unlike anything else I can think of having tasted. I like it but agree with the other reviews that it isn’t worth the price ($12.99 for the bottle I tried). Unique to say the least.
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not worth the $$, but still a good beer. Pours to a deep amber body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is sweet toffee and light grassy peppery hops. The flavor is sweet toffee malts and vanilla. Light molasses and maple syrup. Very well blended and the barrel is not overpowering. Sweet creamy mouthfeel.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong spice and driftwood aroma with some cranberry notes and an all around Christmas feel. Strong wood character, tannic on the palate.