JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great beer from Samuel Smith. Pours a dark copper/brown with a pungent orange peel, clove, and nutmeg aroma. The flavor is very soft and delicate; like mild bread pudding with a touch of raisin. The bread flavor is pronounced. Very good, drink by itself or with a warm pastry.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours attractive clear ruddy brown with a thin cream colored head. Nose is sweet malt and some dried fruit. Same in the flavor with a sweet caramel like finish. Medium mouthfeel.
daniele (7959) - ITALY - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
scura buona schiuma piuttosto persistente note maltate leggero legno frutta alcolico lieve uva liquirizia cioccolato live acidulo nel finale una discreta nota luppolata
JaBier (6892) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a medium tan head. Citrusy hop nose with some sugar and sweet malt. Sweet malt flavor up front with a bit of bitter hop in the finish. Nicely balanced.
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 donít know if itís 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 itís 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 (3496) - 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. Itís 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 Iíd rather spend my limited funds on. I have a long history with this brewery and I really wanted to like this. I just didnít
BBB63 (6557) - 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 (2880) - 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!