jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber/ruby body. Fizzy, off-white head, diminishing. Aroma of caramel, maple sugar, raisin, plum, wood, alcohol, nuts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Peppery alcohol finish. Taste of bread, overripe fruit, maple syrup. Interesting beer. Sweet flavors balanced by the alcohol.
wmubronco1992 (674) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Off white head. Pours a very cloudy brown. Aroma of booze and sweet nuts. Taste is a bit harsh with plenty of alcohol. Interesting beer, but the maple syrup makes it a little too sweet for my liking.
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Brandon. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and malt. Taste is caramel, dark fruit, malt, and some maple syrup. Pretty good.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, thanks to Debbie. Pours a dark amber brown with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates. Flavor is sweet, malty and caramel. Not really any maple or nuttiness that I noted. Still, a nice beer. Bit boozy.
chucklemation (919) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy brown color, no head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is sweet caramel, booze, and a nutty finish. Decent, but not too memorable.
flatmatt (1316) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with an off-white to light tan head. Candy fruit aroma, moving into nutty molasses and more fruit aroma, general bubble gum tone to the whole thing. Quite nice.
SpongeRuiner (1007) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep foggy brown color almost mud like. With a light tan colored head. A raisin filled almost boozy aroma. Very nutty. A mild light taste and feel. A lot of maple syrup flavors and more nutty notes. A stronger carbonation overall. Different and decent. Not my go to for these specific flavors.
ICEatALAMO (1173) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour is a nice amber brown. The aroma is sweet. The taste is full of flavor. Has some nice dark fruit notes. A little bit bitter finish.
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ColovianTrader (450) - - MAR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boozy. Flavors of cider, caramel, toasted nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and candied apples. Fairly sweet. Pecan and maple start to come out as it warms. This may improve with age.
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Sweet aroma of maple syrup. Gets 10 times better when it warms up. Another awesome beer from shorts.
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superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/23/2015. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct notes; with solid strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warming that lingers after the finish; but never really feels boozy. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely could use some aging time to smooth out the warming alcohol, but still a very enjoyable offering right now.