kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a very dark, cola-black color; huge textured, creamy light-tan head with great retention and lacing; beautiful, sturdy pour. Oh, my. Lots of fusel alcohols in the aroma: unadulterated sugar, inkiness, mild bitterness, and just loads of burnt maple syrup; bland and markedly unpleasant at the same time. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: heavy, oily and inky presence in the mouth; maple syrup, definitely, some roughness and bitter chocolate, licorice, and burnt malts; there’s a chemical bitterness and alcohol here (fusel, I think, and it really reminds me of a fresh bottle of DFH WWS I had in 2008) that’s just very offputting and chemical-y; just a mess right now, this beer. Maybe it will improve and sherry-out with age, but this is barely drinkable right now, and I’d take the lower-alcohol descendent any day. Lasting finish of inkiness, maple syrup, and burnt sugars.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is light roast and nuttiness, like a brown ale; soft overall. Flavor is like a syrupy sweet brown ale, maybe some english caramel malt too; the sweetness is quite nice though, and there is some spice and small amount of bitterness in the finish.
joeneugs (3250) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a large, creamy tan head. The aroma doesn’t jump out at me as expected. It’s sweet and toasty with cherries, brown sugar, maple syrup, and an earthy bitter quality. The flavor is pretty nice, and actually reminds me of a dark lager up front. Some spice, burnt toast and wood. But the depth comes out later with molasses, maple syrup, nuts, and mild notes of vanilla. The moderately earthy hop quality gives it almost a barrel aged feel to it. Very smooth and medium to big bodied. Nice sipper. A llittle harsh on the palate, might need a little age.
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a medium head. Flavor is sweet, with notes of maple syrup, vanilla bean, and earthy woodiness. Medium bodied, creamy on the palate, with a lingering finish that is somewhat dry. Alcohol presents a very slight burn toward the end, otherwise hard to notice. This is a solid, well made beer. Enjoyable.
Tripplebrew (777) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very opaque with bubbles all over the glass with a thick tan-colored head. Aroma is very nutty with hop undertones and vanilla. Flavor is very chocolatey with bitter coffee notes that is balanced by vanilla bean. Flavor is fabulous and so is the body which is a creamy highly carbonated mix.