tfontana (715) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Appearance is a little bit hazy, dark orange/light brown (like apple cider), with nice sparkle and decent retention to finger-width head. Aroma is fruit--apple, raisin--with alcohol. Taste is balance of sweet malt, caramel and sour fruit--again like cider--with alcohol. Palate is medium bodied with average to thick texture with lively carbonation and you can feel sour at the back of the mouth. Overall, this is good with a nice complexity.
degbert (1705) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a medium golden brown with a shallow, fast-disappearing, off-white head. Nose is white grapes, yeast, esters, booze, caramel, and a little mildew or mold. Kinda weird. On the tongue, it’s overwhelmingly sweet, boozy, and fruity, with a huge punch of toffee sugar and fruit; this is a giant, brawling, monster of a beer. No subtlety to it, just sugar, fruit, and alcohol. Finish is long and hot, and that mildew note comes back a bit. I’ve had better takes on this style; this is all force, no precision.
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage enjoyed October 1, 2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.
I did not have high expectations for this beer as I bought it with other "expired" Big Beer Series beers for pennies on the dollar. Keep in that in mind when I rate this beer higher than others. Why is the rating so low?!
Look - Bright red, almost pink when held to the light. See through. The head was slim to none and didn’t stick around long. It had think bubbles and was a little off white. There is no lacing to speak of because of this.
Smell - Booze on the rum side of things. Grape. Raisin. Caramel. Low rating due to alcohol strength.
Taste - Booze doesn’t come on strong until the finish. Very sweet. Grape and raisin. Caramel. Spicy. I can only assume based on the reviews this beer has mellowed with age.
Feel - Sticky. Heavy. No alcohol. Syrup. Alcohol burn.
Overall - Very disconnected ratings on this one. Two years must have done this beer well. Very sweet but strong flavor to go with it.
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iechyd da Joe McPhee. Copper pour with a frothy head. Caramel malt toffee aroma. Nice spicy flavour. Syrup texture with an oily finish. Tasty brew.
voyageurmike (300) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bomber. Dark copper with little head, sweet boozy aroma and full body. Dark fruit and raison bittersweetness that trails off nicely at the finish. Went well with dark chocolate, too.
Ktwse (4095) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy brown amber with low white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, bread, raisins, light herbs. Taste is sweet alcohol rich, burnt butter, butterscotch, slightly medicinal finish. Rich, sticky body with soft carbonation.
trapped (2308) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Albion. Clear reddish copper with small beige frothy head, doughy aroma, low carbonation, sweet caramel taste, long finish with burning sensation in throat. Very smooth and strong
Cavie (4310) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at WoB. Pours a murky brown Orange. Aroma is sweet honey, dark fruit and Belgian yeast. sweet flavor, sugar, and dark notes. Good flavor, bad appearance.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hawanna (3075) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,65 l bottle from Biervana
Amber-Orange color, clear, minimal head, white foam, caramel, dried fruits, resin, alcohol, banana, herbs, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, oily feel, slick feel, flat, long finish,
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of raisins, alcohol, taste is raisins, alcohol, dark fruits, a little hot on the alcohol, not well balanced.