Scouser (291) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
fruity with a little spice aroma. Cloudy amber in colour. The commercial description nails this one, Christmas pudding is real what it tastes like! Raisin, fruit, spice, and malt in the taste. i had a 2008 wish i had aged it! A complex beer that i dont love, but recognize it’s a good brew.
Ughsmash (7281) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured rich coppery brown with a lovely cap of looser beige head. The aroma picked up sweet toasted plums, treacle, raisins, and vanilla accented by some spicy hops and toasty oak.. warm and intriguing. The flavor was sweet and toasty with warm plum raisin notes, and vanilla leading the way.. sweet molasses supported.. oak gave sourness on the edges and balanced nicely with the sweet malts and spicy yeast on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and warm on the palate with low-ish carbonation.. only flowed decently.. overall a very solid brew.
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber with a nice off white head. Aroma of yeast esters and phenols, and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malts, some fruit (grapefruit & pears), and some spice (white pepper). Medium, medium-light body, a slightly dry finish. A good beer, a little sweet, but still good.
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 (10204) - 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 (1682) - 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 (9580) - 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 (126) - 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.