slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"pours a deep mahogony brown with a big fluffy tan head. nice lookin beer. as a prefeace, iím a huge DFH fan, so-so on SN. I think theyíre good, but i donít get as excited as some. the usual sweeter DFH beer with the ever present hopping of SN intruiged me, though. That said, itís not a very hoppy beer, but is balanced (more than i thought it would be) and very complex. fruit, syrups (birch & maple) in the aroma more subdued than i expected. some hop balance too. same in flavor with some chocolate too. strong, but toally hides the abv. smooth and full. nice lingering heavy finish. sweet, but balanced. iím gonna age on too, but itís quite good now. 8/11 gotta bump my score up a touch from a 3.9 as this beer ages incredibly well. a 2 year old keg on itís own would score well into the 4ís..."
Salmoniform (832) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Brown hue with ran head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple, sugar. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and comity carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice oaky finish. Overall this is a nice brew.
Travlr (12321) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of nimbleprop at first DC tasting of 2010.
Dark brown with a medium beige head and moderate lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate. Flavor has toffee, chocolate and licorice, with obvious alcohol. Decent body. Average and inoffensive.
Mark_Eck (711) - - JUL 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from HopCat. Pours black. Aroma is brown sugar and some booze. Taste is sweet and a little boozy.
alliance100 (712) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at HopCat GR - 2010 vintage - ours a murky brown . Lots of maple sweetness and still a nice alcohol note . Very good .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ineedbeer (786) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 2, 750 mL bottle.
Aroma has a fairly strong syrup note with with moderate dark fruit notes of figs, plums and prunes with light cherry and raisin character. Light honey notes with medium roast and toasted bread and light chocolate. Medium caramel and toffee along with light alcohol spice.
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a thick, dark tan head with really nice retention. Fairly high amount of lacing with somewhat small legs.
Flavor starts slightly sweet and fairly malty with a lot of toasted bread, moderate roast, and lighter notes of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Syrup note is present, but lighter than in the aroma. Flavor has a bit of a tootsie roll note to it. Moderate bitterness with light alcohol spice. Light dark fruit esters and a faint hint of honey.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a better beer than I was expecting and the syrup notes have held up surprisingly well. Nice malt character that works well with the syrup. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the dark fruit and honey notes integrate nicely.
hopwine (352) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #2. Pours almost black with some reddish light struggling through, beautiful light tan, cake like head. Nose is pecan, caramel, toffee. Flavor is pecan pie, some age derived dried fruit and sherry, mild hints of roast, and flan. Mouthfeel seems to have thinned slightly from the mega chewy monster I remember... But that could just be a palate shift. Anyhow, age did this one right, so glad I have another.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Pint at Fat Jackís in Bloomington, IL during a Sierra Nevada tap takeover. Dark brown pour. Nose is of brown sugar, anise, dark fruits and mild alcohol. Taste is of licorice, maple syrup, roasted malt, plum and some alcohol. Mild hop astringency in the finish. Tasting notes from 11/2011.
Ferris (4497) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Vintage 2011 - Sweet boozy bourbon and some roast malts. Jet blac with a thin head. Bourbon and roast but surprisingly no booze.
teisen (2) - Shelby Township, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma that is all so pleasant. I wanted to age this a little longer but I accidentally opened it (label looked very similar to another bottle). I think some additional aging would have enhanced the flavor.