Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very peppery flavor at first, warm aerated feeling. Some raisins, mollases, but pretty light and thin. More flavor in the aftertaste than before.
jar72404 (426) - USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with white head that retains. Aroma is dark fruit and candied sugar. Flavor is dark fruit (raisins and figs?) and a little drier than expected. Very nice quad for an American brewery.
jb (2192) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like the beer and the style, but this one didn’t seem to be top class. Still a very good beer. Sampled Bob’s beer, thanks Bob! I have another in my basement that I can now age. The usual dark fruit is big in the nose and palate. Sweet sugary nose. A little harsh and boozy, not as blended and subtle as some I’ve had.
hayduke (3369) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The corked and caged bottle opened with a satisfying pop and poured a rich dark burn umber under light that looked very brown in the glass, raised a good size and very fine bubbled tan head, that left good lacing. Reasonably attractive. The nose that greets you is big on ripe fruit, but there is more going on with raisins, figs, and chocolate all present, Full bodied, the texture in the mouth is very smooth and creamy, The flavor is consistent with the aroma, and very malty with the ripe fruit going on and on into the chocolate like finish. A really great beer and not too boozy for me. . Reminds me of Chimay Blue, but even smoother.
HopTsing (426) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle came a thick, rich, frothy head that had quite a bit of hang time. The taste was very malty and sweet and felt like heavy silk in the mouth. Not much obviously apparent hop flavor, but over all a very rich beer drinking experience.
tia (917) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark with frothy light beige head. Smells raisiny, boozy, caramelly a bite on the nose that hints of spice and citrus. Do I get a little banana?
Sweet and creamy then a little hops hit with a twinge on the tongue and a dry finish. The sweet is not overly so or cloying.
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a hazy dark brownish-amber color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Somewhat vinous aroma with notes of yeast and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of white grapes, sweet malt, yeast and molasses. The finish is semi-sweet with lingering fruity esters. Different take on the style, and an above average beer all around.
swillguzzler99 (118) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a red brown with mild head. Smells of fruit and alcohol. Taste is of caramel that finishes smooth and does not linger. Yummy, for lack of better language. If the world ever ended, a cave full of these would have you set.
Eructoblaster (3022) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark brown body with a thin beige foamy head. Well balanced, complex malty/hoppy aroma with yeasty, fruity, and toffee hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Texture is soft and taste is very well balanced, It carries vineous and woody notes. Ends with a warming bittersweet finish. Well done.
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours out an attractive ruby color with a small off white head. Aroma is of plums, sugary dried fruits, caramel, pineapple and light caramel. Taste is of sweet plum, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, earth, some dry alcohol notes, a dry and lightly boozy finish.