leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark mahogany, thin pale head, mild carbonation, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, some acidity, prunes.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
10 ounce sample on tap at Rubicon. The aroma is very vinous on this, with a lot of grape. Oak and mildly sweet aromas are also present. Just a lot of grape on this, for some reason. Transparent cola-colored body with a small, weak mocha-colored head. Starts super wine-like. Lightly tannic. Wood flavors follow. Finishes with a sweet, chewy flavor consisting of prunes and raisins. This is a bit weird. Undercarbonated, and way out of balance. Not a great experiment.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black in color with a tan head. Nose of graham cracker, prune, dark fruit, wood, butter, and vanilla. A strong vinous, almost port-like character, intense brown sugar sweetness, molasses, and licorice, too. The flavor is quite sweet and sugary. Tons of brown sugar, prunes, molasses, licorice, and port. Mild vanilla, graham cracker, alcohol, roasted malt, wood, and a hint of butterscotch.
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of brandy, cherries, dry cider, and scents redolent of a Flemmish sour. Appearance is hazelnut with decently retaining, beige head. Tastes somewhat sweet, with some brown sugar flavors. Full bodied, smooth and velvety, with refreshing, fluffy carbonation.
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Dutch’s (1/11/13). Pours reddish brown in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is buttery toffee, caramel, fruity, with lighter brandy notes and wood. The flavor has a larger brandy component, wood, caramel, toffee with less butter than the nose and some dark fruits. A mild peppery note is present. Pretty smooth.
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
black, with a thick enough body to appreciate.The head is miraculously and.brilliantly white for such a black beer. Jungle feeeva! It smells intensely carmely like melting Brachs. The palate is milky and the flavor has a lot of other weak stuff going on under the caramel like plum, oat, and milky but weak cocoa and coffee. In sooner than no time to head has done the vanishing act and you’re far from done. Ce la vie. either way, its a bitchin’ beer and you don’t need all that other stuff.
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks good; an opaque dark mahogany with beige lacing. Smells and tastes solid; sweet and boozy with notes of dark fruit. Good on the palate with a nice, slick finish. Really good stuff!
DrSilverworm (6370) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Dark brown color. Good thin tan head. Leaves some nice lace. Very complex, interesting nose... Fruity, some raisins, candied fruits, some oak wood, with some vanilla. Medium / bigger body, light soft smooth carbonation, dry finish. Awesome flavor of dark fruit, vanilla, pepper, smooth toffee, with some subtle oak wood and brandy. Lightly sweet, some bitter. Only a suggestion of alcohol, but the tasty interesting complex flavors are way more noticeable. Awesome stuff.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Clear orange pour with small, long lasting head. Nose is maple, bourbon, brown sugar, oak. Flavor is sweet, maple, oak, bubblegum, vanilla. Silky mouthfeel, warm finish.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Brandy and dried fruit aroma. Yeast and brandy flavor with dried fruit and caramel. Medium bodied. Brandy and dried fruit linger with caramel and light yeast.