WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A muddy golden ruby color with a lasting two finger light tan head , some spotty lacong left behind , light to medium carbonation . Aroma of apple skins , raisons, sweet toffee malt , oak , burbon and a hint of horse blanket . Flavor is malty with a light anount of funk , yeasty , bready with a little more of the burbon type note coming through , rasins and at times hints of apple. Fairly bitter , malty , medium body with a slick mouthfeel , and a spicy hop finish . This was a strange brew for sure but the more of it I drank the more I liked it , not sure I would call it sessionable , but quite interesting .
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 11/28/2009. Somewhat cloudy dark amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel, and light molasses aroma with some earthy hop notes. Sweet caramel and sugar flavor with an earthy malt background. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by TheCaptain on New Years Eve. Thanks for busting this one out Mark. It poured a dark shade of copper with a foamy khaki head. Though the nose was faint it was very complex. Notes of pit fruit, toffee, vanilla, and a slight sourness. The flavor had all of the notes from the smell along with some soft tannins from the wood, and a general fruitiness. Nothing really stood out, it was a very well rounded beer. A nice subtle slow sipper. Perhaps a bit too expensive however.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy deep orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is oaky malty some vanilla. Fla or is similar. Big malt kind of a soft mouthfeel. Good oaky beer. Nice mouthfeel.
Ungstrup (34258) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A deep red beer with a huge lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, malt, caramel, and a bit of raisins. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of over ripe fruits as well as medium notes of caramel and malt as well as light notes of raisins, leading to a dry and bitter finish. The alcohol tickles the tongue.
argo0 (13070) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, some plum, light toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some plum, light alcohol warming. Smooth medium body.
smith4498 (3508) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy caramel color with thin off white head. Aromas of apples, toffee, figs, raisins and some alcohol. Fruity and caramelly flavor with a touch of oak and some booziness. The flavors don’t live up to the aromas for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
OldMrCrow (2389) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottleworks.
Served on the high side of cellar temperature. This is one good-looking beer; pours a beautiful red-brown with a modest and coarse/short-lived head but abundant lacing and a long-lasting rim of foam around the edge of the glass. There’s a tremendous amount going on in the aroma: apples and dates, old wine barrels and oak, toffee. Flavor is drier than anticipated given the aroma, but by no means bone dry; instead, we get an interesting blend of sourness (more in the brown ale vein than the sour ale vein) and damp old oak with dark dried fruits and sherry, any earthy bitterness closing the whole thing out. Enjoyable mouthfeel, certainly not hot nor particularly thick, but quite fulfilling once the palate adjusts expectations. Nice beer but perhaps not exceptional.
Ratman197 (13106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mlk bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head., Aromas of plum, raisin, molasses, oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and sdmooth with a dry finish., Flavors of plum, raisin, oak, toffee, light molasses and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering fruity finish.
downender (7846) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper in colour, with a massive, frothy head and moderate carbonation. Aroma of caramel, sweet, overripe red fruit, nuts and oak. Flavour of barley sugar, more wood and fruit sugars. Finish was dryish but marred by over-prominent alcohol. Good.