michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Faint aroma of malts, peat, brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of oak. Poured brown/amber in color with a small, creamy, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny, and a few small, particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of brown sugar, malts, slight alcohol, caramel, slight toffee, and slight oak. Medium body. Slick, oily texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, oaky, brown sugar finish. Disappointing.
argo0 (11092) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Medium off-white head atop lightly hazed mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, some pine/grapefruit, caramel, floral. Taste is sweet, chocolate/caramel, raisin/vinous, light orange, cherry. Alcohol noticeable but not off-putting. Creamy medium-full body, some stickiness.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Pours a clear ruby with a slight orange tint and a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Earthy, malty, vinous nose – tropical fruit, clean ethanol and touches of caramel and raw sugar. Ultra full-bodied with a high viscosity mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Big, well-balanced flavor – velvety and caramelized with neither the malts nor hops stepping forward to bully the other. Mild notes of red wine. Alcohol is not evident on the palate or in the throat. Finishes much like the flavor, then fades away into the sunset… leaving nothing behind other than a feeling of satisfaction. Flawless and very pleasant to drink, even on a very warm day. Kudos to scraff for providing the bottle!
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany with a thin off white head. Smells oaky and caramelly with lots of earthiness. Tastes bitter and dry with an earthy finish.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Clear, dark amber with a tan head. Big, sweet nose, caramel and fig, lightly nutty with chocolate hints. Very earthy flavors, bitter, nutty and big caramel. Some toffee notes. Full body, rich and almost syrupy slick. A whopper of a beer, and delish!
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish brown, failing to kick up much of a head - sweet caramel and toffee aroma, with hints of vanilla, toasted oak, roasted nuts - fairly sweet and semi-boozy up front - caramelized sugars and fairly strong coconut through the middle - dries out somewhat on the tail end, as the oak character becomes fairly apparent, and a kind of leafy bitterness manifests - some hazelnut in the finish, and apparent alcohol - not bad, just a little messy.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I brought to a tasting at Andy’s. Pours a clear ruby brown with a medium beige head. Brown sugar, sweet malt. Finishes a bit hot, with wood and toast notes.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Brown/copper with a tan film of head. Big sweet aroma- lots of woody/toasted oak with sweet dark fruits- plummy vanilla and caramel. Slick and warming body. Chewy malt flavor- caramelized with some prune and other dark fruit skin notes- not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Mildly oaky notes dry it out toward the back. Balanced and drinkable despite its boozy qualities.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Bottle shared by Jay. Big, sweet, malty and bitter liquor aroma, vermouth and licorice aroma. Full bodied, very (overly) carbonated, sweetish Madeira notes, light red wine. Very dry, chalky overall, tough to drink, not especially interesting. Some port notes are apparent but very minor. Not too exciting.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smelled and looked really tasty, but didn’t taste quite as good. I enjoyed this, but not as much as I was hoping to :(