JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into red wine glass.
Pours a dark caramel color, a bit hazy, with a fluffy khaki head that settles into a nice creamy layer on top. Some nice lacing.
Nose is caramel coated apples, sweet, rich, and fruity, slightly toasty, with a hint of spicy alcohol.
Starts off with a rich, multi-layered toasty-sweet malt character; burnt caramel and a hint of molasses come through, as well as a a hint of oaky acidity and some toasty breadiness. Within the malt sweetness are notes of apples and pears. Spicy alcohol heat comes out early, as well as a not insubstantial earthy bitterness towards the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit slick, a bit of fluffy carbonation gives the beer a bit of a creamy texture. Well done.
Drinkability suffers a tad from the alcohol, and the bitterness seems a bit green at this point. Stash this one away for a year and it will only get better. As it is, I’m a fan of English strong ales anyway, and this one certainly gets my motor running. Nice beer, and major kudos to Smutty for releasing a fairly under-represented style in their big beer series.
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some caramel and musk. A little roast. Pours cloudy maroon with OK head. Light sweet finish. Thick consistency. A little more even than the 2012 version I just had. Tap at Churchkey.
GenDV138 (4570) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark brownish with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, toffee, light caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.
Travlr (18623) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Really brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of boozy butterscotch, vanilla, toast, lightly metallic. Taste is rich burnt tiast, burnt briwnies, toasted caramel, booze, candied fruit. Very nice seven year old.
Mikeyaponte (40) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In draft at Smiths, Springfield Mass. Delicious. Won't disappoint. 75 fucking characters my ass. ...................:::;@$$((?)
- via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bengibbs6 (64) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Baby bourbon! Ruby copper in color and a nice heady aroma. Sweet vanilla up front with a boozy backside.
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Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Raleigh Rare and Vintage 2013. Vintage 2007. Hazy amber pour with ring of offwhite head. Sweet, but lightly hoppy nose. Almost syrupy on the flavor. A little boozy. Citrusy and a bit oxidized. caramel. alright, but overall, kinda meh.
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 2007 bottle at rrbf. Pours a slightly murky mahogany with low to medium carbonation, thin off white cream colored head. Nose is dark fruits, raisins, light oxidation, brown sugar, light vanilla.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 at raleigh rare beer fest. Nice full bodied beer that has enough rich taste to overcome a tired palate. Would like to have tried this side by side with a newer one to see how it held up but alas i couldnt. Glad to try it though.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thx to beermefitz, compared next to a 2012 bottle, I actually like this older one a bit better. Oxidation is certainly there, but flavors have withstood mostly and are quite pleasant, nice and nutty.
madmitch76 (20064) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12th August 2008
Cloudy chocolate brown beer with a good cream coloured head. Softish palate, a bit dry. Rich malt with a brandy tone. Smooth and creamy - well offset by good bittering hops that come to the fore in the creamy finish. Quite a contrast but very drinkable.