Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark-roast malt aroma. Dark amber with little off-white head. Flavour is sweet with coffee, chocolate, raisins with a strong alcohol tang. Medium-bodied. Finishes molasses and dried figs with a warming alcohol tang. Very tasty, but this definitely an one-bottle-in-an-evening type of beer.
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - dark amber-brown colour with a persistent beige foam; aroma of blood oranges with some spicy tones in the background; very creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied and with a fair bitterness; very dry with long notes of dried fruits (apples, oranges), oak and a warming alcohol touch - unusual and beautiful brew
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark copper, thin foamy cream/grey head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty, oaky and quite alcoholic. Taste is prunes, dried fruits, apples and a whisky like edge from the oak, quite sweet. Finishes with a crackle of carbonation and a moderate, appropriate, alcoholic edge. Interestng, decent beer.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was very impressed with this, i detected strong notes of oak, caramel, toffee, sugars, and fruits, specifically apricots. Delicious brew!
milewide (1474) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
550 ml for $10.99. Light brown color. Thin body. Vinegar aroma and flavor. Oaky aroma and taste is really disappointing for 1 year in the barrels! "Brewed in 2008" so I don’t think that it was spoiled. Overpriced!
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
550ml bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of woody/oakiness, caramel, and somewhat earthy. Tastes of woodiness, caramel, toffee, some dark fruitiness, and sugary. Lighter earthiness vs the aromas. I’m a sucker for Samuel Smiths beers...
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, poured a cloudy amber with a small and lacing. Complex flavor most likely due to the oak aging. Strong after note of malt and alcohol which sit nicely on the tongue. One of Sam’s best and worthy of a place in the rotation, if infrequently.
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550ml bottle - kinda pricey, but I had to see what this brewery could do with a beer like this - hazy copper with a frothy lace - lightly sour, earthy aroma, with notes of oak, vanilla, some mild treacle-ish sweetness underneath, raisin, some metallic/oxidized quality - moderately sweet at first, with some lightly sour, somewhat funky earthy character - oaky tannins - raisin, vanilla - it gets a bit sticky sweet in the finish, but not too much so - warming finish - quite an interesting beer from this brewer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of oak, maple, malts, slight raisin, and hints of dried ripe fruits and alcohol. Poured deep orange/brown in color with a small to medium-sized, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Several medium and large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malts, oak, honey, raisins, light dried ripe fruits, slight alcohol, slight vanilla, light maple, and some brown sugar. Medium body. Oily, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Oak, malt, honey, and slight vanilla finish is a tad dry. 8%ABV is pretty well hidden.
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Pours clear and caramel-colored with a small, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. The aroma offers a blend of caramel and woodsy funk along with a black cherry note. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of nutty caramel sweetness, woodsy, earthy tanginess and mineral bitterness. Warming finish.