Scrapersnbeer (1504) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mixes the heavy toffee/nut aroma with a more raisinesque/red wine background. If you had almond brittle, you will recognize the scent. Murky dark brown appearance. The beer is a toffee and caramel bomb with rum notes, not unlike Innis and Gunn’s ales, only with Shipyard’s hard water. Not ponderously overweight, but too thick for sessions.
jredmond (6071) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a clear amber body with no head, light lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and spice. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky with notes of sweet caramel malts, light spice and sugar. Nothing about this beer really stands out, very plain but not offensive.
hivemind (737) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of James, split w James and Andy. Pours light brown/mud/chocolate syrup. Aroma spicy/nutty/chocolatey, palate is the same with more emphasis on the spices. Good compared to many other holiday spice beers b/c of the thicker body and more evident aroma. Wouldn’t enjoy more than 1 during a night, though.
rollinsr (415) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich amber with barely any head at all to speak of. Aroma is very sweet and nutty with some raisin and prune notes dominating, also some hints of toffee. There is also a bit of smoked peat character to the aroma. The flavor of this beer again is very sweet with dark fruits and the nuttiness tends to stick to back of the palate even after the carbonation has subsided. Beer tastes worse as it warms up so beware.
BucannonXC5 (1036) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was reddish brown, almost mahogany. Light gray lacing on the top that dissipated fast. The occasional film on the sides.
Smelled roasty, toasty, caramel malts and some toffee. Reminded me of a Newcastle.
Tasted very malty. Roasty, nutty, caramel, toffee, all light across. Still like a Newcastle, not like that is necessarily a bad thing.
Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Surprisingly long finish. Smooth and consistent.
Not a bad beer, it had its moments. I’d probably try it again on a cold winter day on the East Coast.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at the shipyard brewpub. Clean brown color. No head. Tastes like butter. Not much else going on. Although drinkable.
gregwilsonstl (1278) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty normal brew. Tastes like a pretty bland pale ale. Tan head, amber hue. Rather boring.
fiercepanda (607) - Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A hazy red beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is nutty, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is vanilla, wood, and sweet malt.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Pours a deep red/orange amber with a moderate creme brule head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is toffee malts and a little spice. Flavour is brown sugar and molasses malts with some nuttiness and hops on the finish. Palate is dry and creamy smooth. Overall, better than I was expecting. A solid winter warmer.
obguthr (4441) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toffee and nutmeg nose. Clear tea, medium head, good lacing. Nutmeg and wood flavor within a tart malt base. Well balanced. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad at all.