obguthr (5492) - 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.
EithCubes (5485) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, not exactly fresh, but not ancient, either. Dusty, musty, nutty nose reminds of a lightly-hopped Nut Brown. Deep clear mahogany body with a hint of ruby, light brown huge rocky head. Bittersweet taste, sticky-sweet malt with light red berry, caramel, toast, nut, lightly tart grapefruit/orange/cherry. Milk chocolate and seeming lactose. Feels like citrus-heavy American hops late in the boil and English hops during fermentation. Thereís some resin in there, too, which surprises. Spices are a little indistinct but nicely earthy. Star anise? Touch of diacetyl. Lightish medium body, soft and creamy, alcohol there but not boozy. A ton of fun to break down, but a chore after five or six ounces.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a nice mahogany ruby color with a nice head. The nose is robust with some light roast and a solid malty base. The flavor is earthy and hoppy with a thick caramel malt background and a chewy mouthfeel. Balanced finish and a smooth and flavorful appeal. Nice.
thornecb (5413) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany into a trappist glass. Head quickly recedes to form large bubbles on the surface. Dark caramel and pit fruit aromas. Sweet upfront with dark pit fruits, turning fizzy and resiny, dry hop in the finish.
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 bottling, best before Oct 08. This English Strong Ale pours a dark amber brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some spices. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and semi sweet. The hops are earthy and ďdirtyĒ. The spices donít seem to do much more than dirty up this beer. Itís a touch cardboardy and vegetative, and need to be a little sweeter to balance things out. Mellows a little as it warms, but still there is something seriously wrong with this beer. Thinks itís more of a recipe thing than a bad-brewing thing but still, something ainít right. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly biter and spicy.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 I tried again recently, the popcorn character was more pronounced in the nose. The finish had lots of burnt popcorn. Dark, burnt orange body with a light khaki head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel and pancakes. There is buttered popcorn, but it is subtle. There is also a little bit of cinnamon behind that. The taste has burnt bread crust with some pear core and cinnamon spice. The light body is sticky, but this is easy drinking. Decent.
jkwood04 (5244) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, hints of fruit, and light bitterness. Flavor the same, with a weird blend of it all. Average texture. Not great.
cheap (5231) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at BJís in Pinellas FLA. Decent leathery aroma. Nice lacing on the glass. Perhaps a little darker than the typical pale yellow american lager. Oily soapy mouth coating feel to the palate. Slight whiskey flavors in the background. Taste is somewhat like chewing on leather, it carries over from the aroma. Not bad but a little too much alky in the personality. Terrible bitter linger, good example of the style.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Pours deep amber color with small short-lasting head but really cool lace. Aroma is weakly spiced with some soured notes. Flavors are nuanced, with a lingering hop finish that welcomes the next sip. Spices detectable include mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated but soft and creamy. Were it not for the off-notes in the smell Iíd really like this.
(re-rate from Hallandale beer fest, also bottle)
Hazy purplish-brown. Smell is middle of the road mild malt. Not bad flavors: clean, malty but dry, a touch of salt, hoppy afterbit and a little alcohol in the finish. A little too fizzy.
mansquito (5119) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap: Somewhat brownish color. Tannish head. Aroma was mostly of nutty malts. Tasted rather nutty with a whole lot of malts. However, I would argue that there were not enough... for the beer still had a somewhat boozy taste, regardless of the fact that there is not really that much alcohol in it. Got a few spices and all too. Body was medium as one would expect.