illidurit (2241) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy tripelthreat (I think). Pours dark brown with ruby-mahogany highlights and a fading frothy wet beige head. Aroma is big brown sugar and some alcohol with lesser accents of red and dark fruits. Flavor is boozy maple syrup, cocoa powder, and dark bread crusts. For a beer with a prominent sugar/syrup note, this finishes pretty dry and clean. DFH could certainly learn something from this collaboration. Something called ’attenuation.’ Mouthfeel is slick and oily, carbonation is on the low side. Pretty drinkable although the alcohol is a little bit too prominent.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY: Dark cola brown color topped by a tiny ring of foam. Dark fruity yeast aroma with a hint of licorice. Sweet malts, light roasted barley and a herbal, wintergreen flavor. A faint hint of toffee and wood with some bitterness showing through in the finish.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a loose, short lived, brown head. The aroma is boozy fermenting dark fruit, cherry wood and molasses. The flavor has some nice, sweet, rich caramel and molasses body with notes of dark cherries, maple, toasted almond, and a little vanilla. The alcohol is still hot and this could use a little time to mellow. The body is sticky, medium-full with moderate carbonation.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep viscous hazy brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is maple syrup, wood, hops, spices. Flavor is Maple, caramel, spices, hops, bread, belgian yeasts, caramelized brown sugar, licorice. A little on the sweet side, but still a very nice brew.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine.. Pours a dark dark brown with a tan head..Aroma is slightly sweet with some roast and some alcohol.. Flavor is interesting to say the least. One sip I like it the next not so much. Slightly sweet and roasty with a weird lingering aftertaste. I’m guessing that’s probably the birch but I’m not to sure...I don’t see myself rushing out to buy more but it’s not bad.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at DTJB: pours a dark brown color with a ring of tan suds above. The server called me sweetie...does that mean she wants me? Who cares, she’s fat. The nose is a whiff of belgian yeast, cloying banana and clove that I love to gag on so much. Nothing else can penetrate that yeasty sludge. Flavors are more of that belgian yeast and some weird chalky scratchiness in the throat and not much of anything else...well, maybe a hint of chocolate but who cares at this point. The body is thin and wet and watery, there’s a tinny bitterness in the finish. This beer is pointless...the malts contribute nothing but a lack of body..the hops aren’t detected at all, the water could as well be tijuana river run, and the yeast tastes like if the stone yeast and the lost coast prankster yeast had a baby and at the same time the stone yeast also father a baby with a karl strauss belgian yeast and those two baby yeasts fucked..this tastes like the product of those baby yeasts fucking.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with subtle golden highlights and a medium-fine light tan head. Spicy aroma with malt, alcohol, soft sweetness, and herbaceous sassafrass edge. Nice malt presence with an alcohol structure that overlays a flavor profile very suggestive of autumn. Apprpriate notes of spruce, sassafrass, maple, and spice predominate. Good balance in the body now, though would certainly benefit from a year or two of aging. A fun, seasonally-appropriate offering.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sweet very mild maple aroma in the woody malty aroma. A very dark brown body. The body is very malty but neither dry nor cloying - well balanced. There’s a lot of wood in there and while I don’t get much of the maple I discerned in the aroma, the birch is overwhelming in the body. Growing up in WI, my parents two acre lot was littered with birch trees and the flavor recalls me to the scents of that wooded lot.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lost my notes for this one. But I do remember it was wholly unimpressive. Smells of a slightly sweeter brown ale. Toasty, grainy malt. Some brown sugar and tree bark. Burnt caramel. Decent aroma. Poured the standard brown ale with a lasting khaki head leaving spotty lace. The flavor and palate absolutely fell apart. Sweet, sticky cloying and messy. Flabby body. Loose carbonation. Lots of unrefined maple syrupy sweetness. Blech...
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this bottle up at Mac’s on West Peachtree. I thought it was a spice beer, but I was VERY wrong. Dark brown body, with somewhat of a thick pour. Off-white head on this beer. For an American Strong Ale, this reminds me of the Port Brewing A.S.A.s. Slight chocolate malt aroma. The aroma is quick weak, and not very nuanced. An alcohol aroma as well, but there is not much of aroma coming off of this thing. I am quite upset with the aroma I must say.A big alcohol taste. A nice creamy palate. After the first sip, I am not very pleased with this beer. I must have purchased a bad bottle to have something like this from Dogfish Head/Sierra. The malts are there, but after that there is nothing there (here). Not a very interesting A.S.A., I just wish there was more.