jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into an Ovila chalice, this beer poured a very deep brown with small spotty off white head and lacing down the glass.
Very malty smell. Molasses and a touch of roastiness. Very little hop aroma.
Definitely a malty brew, but nowhere near cloying. Thick molasses flavor throughout with just a bit of hop spice.
Almost like a good thick barleywine. Thick consistently, but again not overly sweet.
Very good beer. Hides the alcohol well and drinks smooth.
adamah (214) - - SEP 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared for 2 years. Wood, syrup, caramel and toffee on the nose. Pours a deep reddish brown almost opaque almost no head. The taste is mostly sweet with only a hint of bitterness on the end. The wood and syrup come through alot in the flavor. Medium bodium slick mouth feel and very soft carbonation. Might be a little too sweet after sitting for so long but I one the less a killer beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 04/22/2011. Dark black body with a small frothy tan head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some raisins. Sweet raisin and caramel flavor with some light chocolate.
Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/7/3/16 3.8
Bottle at Commercial Taphouse on 01/29/2011. Very dark amberbody with a large creamy light brown head. Sweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, and light vanilla aroma. Very sweet roast, chocolate, molasses, caramel, fruit, and vanilla flavor. Medium full body moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0
Beergeek23322 (2493) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
September 2011. From bottle. poured cloudy dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, roasted malt, spices. A little bit sweet at first, but with a great balance.
jbruner (2508) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of #2 shared thanks to Matt! Pours a hazy brown with no real head or lacing. Aroma is light of caramel, toasted malt, and toffee. Taste follows, but everything is bumped up a notch, like an imperial brown ale. Good stuff, but didn’t age gracefully.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a dark brown/deep ruby color with a fluffy khaki head. Sweet smelling, a lot of wood coming up front, caramel, maple syrup, slightly boozy, toffee, toasted malt, and maybe a hint of pine. Still getting lots of wood on the taste, lots of caramel and maple, subtle chocolate notes, dark fruits, there’s definitely some birch there, and a light roasted coffee taste on the end. Nice dry finish. This is one of the first beers I’ve had that I aged for awhile, and I think it turned out great. Nothing drastically different from what I remember (from 2 years ago), just slightly mellowed and it seems more woody than I remember.
traviskurowski (21) - - JUL 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of 2011 L&L #2. A: Chocolatey, nutty, rich, though overall a mild scent. (My bottle is sort of cold.) A: Black, almost obsidian. Sticks to the glass. Pile of foam fades quickly, thin layer lingers. T: Chocolate, malty. A year really calmed down the alcoholic note. O: Great maple/birch dark ale---and, moreover, benefits from age. Stick this one in the closet.
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RobertDale (3717) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
705 ml. shared bottle. Pours a clear brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, chocolate, and spice. Taste is roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, caramel, and spice. Very good.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review #500 in honor of my 1st son, born on 7/4/12.
Batch 2 - 750ml served into a 22oz snifter glass.
A - Pours a very dark brown with a khaki micro bubble head forming a thick tight knit creamy cap.
S - Rich toffee, sweet maple, roasted barley, woody undertones, chocolate, muted pine sap, toasted marshmallows, sugar alcohol fumes, caramelized plantains, cherry-like fruit esters, molasses, dates, oranges come out as it warms.
T - A complex mix of roasted barley and sweet chocolate malt, toasted bread and toffee, spiced plumbs, dates, wood is very present and blends well with the spicy hops. Finishing roasty and spicy.
M - Heavy but light and super creamy across the tongue. Incredible feel. Warming.
One of the more complex American Strong Ales I’ve had. A master blend of balancing flavors. Its sweet without being cloying. Excellent use of ingredients. Really no flaws. An awesome sipper. Wish I had another one to age.
Serving type: bottle
bigaddie (75) - - MAY 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Significantly sweet nose with coffee and dark chocolate making a presence. A little bit of a woody character too. It's a really dark beer with a decent 1/4in head and nice lacing.
The maple syrup kicks in well at the end of the taste creating a nice mouth coating. I like the bitterness right at the end. It has a hoppy feel. A coppery metallic feel as well.
Interesting beer. Very complex and lots happening. Wish I had more bottles to age and compare!
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