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!
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle pours hazy Amber with a off white head. Aroma of dried fruit, oak and grains. Taste is oak, raisins, plums and toffee.
Jow (2905) - New York, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Ruby murky pour small beige head. Nose is of dried fruits, malt, and wood. Tastes of plums, caramel, raisins, malt, woody, some red fruits. Zippy and fruity finish. Tasty beer.
BierMeHoos (431) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 550 ml bottle.
Appearance: Dark amber brown, small cream colored head.
Aroma: Boozy and raisins.
Taste: Fruits, dark and sweet.
Palate: Medium bodied.
Overall: I wanted to like it more but just didn’t love it. Pretty good.
tekstr1der (216) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Immediately one of my favorites, after already-high expectations from the rest of this brewer’s lineup.
Slightly cloudy mahogany pour in a tulip, holding a clingy finger of dense foam. The aromas of raisin, prune, and caramel seem a mix of elements from my two favorite styles: dopplebock and belgian quad. Indeed, I already know this is a favorite before tasting, but the flavor only reinforces the sweet, ripe-dark-fruit flavors and clean non-cloying finish. Wish I’d bought more than one. Back to the store...
jmgreenuk (6189) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is sweet malt, light spice, rich red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a rich alcoholic bitter, smooth fruity light liqourice palate. Full to medium bodied with soft carbonation. A real winter warmer.
SarkyNorthener (3330) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to s_Hartshorne, cheers Shane. Ruby amber beer with small head. Aroma of toffee and malts. Taste is malts, toffee, some spice and fruity. Very good.
RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from s_hartshorne cheers Shane; clear amber pour with a thin beige head, aroma has dark fruits and some wood, taste has red fruits, sweet caramel.
martpez (42) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into pint glass. Sweet and alcoholic beer. The sweetness apparently comes from the oak casks used that are more the a century old and used to carry fruit, raisins and treacle toffee. However the more likely reason is the interesting addition of cane sugar. This is probably the reason for its light natural fizz.
Its a dark ruby colour with some natural sediment. The flavour is that of a traditional strong British ale with the added date flavour. It is very pleasant and tasty but I can imagine it getting sickly after a while. The taste is very smiler to dates followed by the strong dry flavour you expect of a beer of this strength.
Very much worth trying and gets you very pleasantly drunk. Giving you a nice warm glow after a single pint. Its perfect for the festive season.
ffaoe (368) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
slight malt and oak aroma. light brown and hazy in color with little head. taste is malty, hints of raison and plum, slight oak flavor, faint sourness
rodbod (105) - SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer. Pours a beautiful red-amber with a frothy head. Nose is a bit too boozy, but with rich sweet malt. Palate is rich, sweet, creamy, with caramel malt. A long powerful finish.