daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, creamy beige head. Musty aroma, dates, old woody notes. Sweet flavor, figs, dates, warm alcohol. Good.
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. dark raisiny colored pour. creamy head. Sweet malts, light maple syrup & dark dried fruits fill the aroma, a tad light though. Flavor is red winneiness, dark fruits, raisins, sweet maltiness. Flavor is decent but needs to mellow & smooth out. The flavors are pretty spot on & with a little tweaking would be wonderful. Shows 10+5 pretty well. A nice beer that i will come back to in a while
drowland (6038) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/24/11. On tap. Dark brown pour, touches of red, with a nice thick tan head that cuts to a film but sticks and laces in small rings. Tons of aromas hit me fast and hard... dark fruits, yeast, roast, burnt caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Really nice flavors... yum. Dark fruits abound, burnt caramel, nice estery yeast characteristics, and a slight alcohol burn. I dig this brew!
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ World of Beer, Orlando. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and candi sugar and some alcohol. Sweet raisin and plum flavors with Belgian candi sugar. Slightly boozy. MEdium to full body with moderate carbonation.
JohnnyJ (4359) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark reddish brown, light tan head. Caramel, dried dark fruit, boozy, raisin, candy sugar, and light spice. Really I am not a big fan.
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Coleman public house. Malty, Belgian candy. This is up there with at bernardus and golden carolus. Great job Sierra Nevada!!
Cybercat (3331) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with fruity, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor has firm tones of chocolate, apple, banana and caramel plus a hint of toffee. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and fairly tingly, leaving a lip-smacking fizzy, fruity, slightly candy-bar finish. What a great way to raise money for a good cause!
AirForceHops (3185) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Thanks for sharing Tom! Nose of raisins, prunes and big yeast. Not overly sweet. A lot of heat in the finish here. Light, thin mouthfeel. However, we drank at room temp. Still real good.
tmoreau (2425) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a ruby highlighted, darkest brown color, quickly diminishing, modest but frothy, off white/light tan head foam, and wavey streaks & spots of lacing. The aroma was sweet, fruit as plum and dark cherry, with hints of spice and caramel. The flavor added a hint of vanilla to top off the dark fruit on warming, a touch of tartness, lively carbonation, some syrupy texture, medium to full body, subtle but warming alcohol, and light dryness to the finish. A tasty, cordial-like brew.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 cc from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid burnt umber toward blackish with 1-finger khaki head. Nose is dark fruit, funky yeasty rock sugary malt, mild banana, muscat grapes. Tastes malty, dark fruity, with a yeasty rock sugary malt, funky notes, cherry and blackberry, and an earthy, nutty finish. Low on carbonation, and very complex with well hidden alcohol. This one is outstanding.