kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Date: March 21, 2009
Appearance: hazy dark burgandy, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, dark fruits, touch of brown sugar sweetness, dark caramel brings out the fruityness
Date: May 18, 2009
Score: 3.6 to 4.1
Aroma: huge sweet fruity aroma, lots of fruity esters brought out by the dark caramel sweetness
Flavor: same rich and fruity flavor, perfect marrage between the fruity esters and dark caramel sweetness, light spicyness adds complexity
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz. bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, dates, brown sugar, anise, dark cherries, and caramel. Flavor of raisins, toasted malt, caramel, rum, and molasses.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, dark amber color, not much head to speak of.
Smells mostly of candied raisins and plums and peppery alcohol notes.
Flavor follows the nose, with that black pepper bite showing up immediately in the front of the palate, with a hefty dose of warming booze heat in the back. Heavy dark fruit and malt sweetness in the middle that could use some toning down. Flavor improves as it warms, with the sweetness blending in more with the booze.
Finish is thick and heavy but relatively clean on the finish.
This one seems that it would benefit a lot from some time in the cellar, let the flavors blend a bit more.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear chestnut color. Sweet malty aroma with some mild yeasty notes. Some dark fruits. Sweet malty flavor with notes of chocolate. The beer taste good but not much going on.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful garnet pour with magnanimous beige head. Aroma attacks the nostril upon uncapping and fills the immediate area with raisin and caramel. Molasses, spicy yeast, and toffee malts poke through with equal vigor. Flavor is tangy and sweet- a sneaky citrus poke followed by raisin wallop. Caramel, molasses, and toffee comprise the finish and act as a moderator to the subtle undertones of roasty delight. Palate is thick and coating, finishing clean and crisp. Perhaps a lighter example of the style, but expertly crafted just the same.
DialSquare (3400) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. deep amber pour with a small light brown head. aroma dried fruits, toffee, caramel and yeast. sweet raisiny malt taste up front. also brown sugar, cocoa and molasses. thin to medium texture. doesn’t seem like a quad - but tasty.
travita (4418) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The look is clear, red to brown in color, not too much head. The smell is apples, malts, sugar, yeast, pie like, and caramel. The taste is sweet, candi sugar, alcohol, fruits, and spices.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany brown body with amber hues and a yellow head. Big chewy raisins and plum, cane sugar, toffee and tobacco. Caramel sweet vinous with some light spices. Chewy sticky chocolate and rum. Good brew. Just a bit too sweet and concentrated with a big etoh warming.
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle received as a bonus from Beerlando (Big thanks Man!) Very dark brown clear pour with minimal carbonation. Aroma of candi sugar and sweet malts. Flavor of caramel, plum, herbs, spices and a little boozy on the finish.
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a near opaque, reddish-brown body with a thinnish, beige head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, fruity nose of complimentary fruit trays, toasted sugar-coated bread, and dark caramel. Slight hints of good, clean alcohol.
Taste: Richly sweet, bready upfront maltiness quickly followed by a veritable blast of fruity flavors: raisins, dates (you eat’m!), cherries, and even a little bit of banana. Very tiny pinch of mulling spices. There’s a recovery of malts with tastes of caramel and brown sugar. Mild transitional bitterness. A bit more candy. Warming, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Whaddya know, that’s pretty good. A lovely, sweet, fruity beer from the fine folks over at Smuttynose.