fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy, old copper brown with a 1 finger,creamy beige head that has excellent retention and leaves a little lacing. Big malty aroma, sweet toffee, toast, honey roasted nuts, woody, buttery oak, crust, white bread, brown sugar, caramel coated granola sharp fruity esters and light earthy hops. Flavor is really big on toffee up front, a nice wallop of sweet bread spice, burnt sugar/dark caramel, buttery oak, browned butter, light smoky notes, raisin-like dark fruit notes and some toast and light herbal/earthy notes to the finish. Medium body with a chewy entry, light, but sharp carbonation and dry, somewhat astringently boozy finish. Really good stuff, a little rough around the edges - somewhat sharp and boozy - but that doesn’t really hurt it much, reminds me quite a bit of sweet dark rum.
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel chestnut color nice white head with very little lacing and light carbonation. the aroma is sweet and sugary with slight caramel and alcohol smell. upon taste body is medium and not to heavy on carbonation. Taste is sweet malty with wood caramel and a little heavy on the alcohol. This beer is like a ale, bock and barleywine all in one.
Handypaul (412) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a nice big head that settles down quickly leaving nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel, bread, grass, and spruce. Taste is lightly bitter, with a rather light body, average carbonation and an average bitter finish. Not all that great.
odinstyr (728) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy red-brown with a thin off-white head. Smells of oak, brown breads. Taste is sweet, woody, moderately bitter - bock like malts, chocolate, oak, hint of alcohol.
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Nose with tendrils of smoke, some roast and light ash, minor tar and memories of fruit, maybe some blackstrap. Yeah, that meaty smoke is there, and it is delicious. Aromatic hops are low, but I can see them wanting to get at an old ale while still keeping things American. Deep red-brown body with a lacing, rocky tan head. Taste is fully sweet to start, strongly alcoholic but not fumey or burning, intensely fruity and intensely caramelous, some chocolate in there with the roast, wooden with vanilla and maple syrup, really pleasant molasses and brown sugar, light smoke rising with the medium bitterness and toffee/earth. Wonderful fruit complexity. Mouthfeel is full but not obese, swirling and complex, a sugar rush without overwhelming. Quite malt-forward, a nice sipper; if they could ease in some dryness, this might jump into rarefied air.
Cakes (411) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle
Medium carbonation, a little creamy. Taste of light chicory.
keepersj12 (3057) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with no head. The aroma was nothing like the taste, some malt and a bit of fruit. The flavor however is quite a different story. Sweet with a bit of booze. Lots of vanilla and wood, like a whiskey aged brew. Rich and warming, not for the faint of heart.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid beer, smells really sweet, taste is sweet and bitter, and very malty.
One of the more interesting beers I have had, not something I would buy all the time, but glad I tried it. Its like a really strong, bitter brown ale. Like the barleywine of brown ales. abv well hidden.
Not really my style, but if you like malty beers that are sweet this is going to be awesome for you.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
wow. I had this on draft at a mellow mushroom and looooved it. came across a bottle at TW&M and picked it up for the cellar. Must have botched the cellaring. the flavors are no where near as smooth as i recall. no much in the way of aroma (noticed that alot lately - must be allergy season). appearance is gorgeous dark copper. taste is hot alcohol and some caramelish dark sugars. again. i am so sad, wish i had rated the draft so i could rate this more highly.
Leafs93 (2070) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, cofffe/espresso and roast. Taste is sweet with slight coffee bitters. Smooth and borderline creamy. Nice brown ale