Strykzone (4198) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark brown and hazed. A really sweet brown sugar nose. The flavor is just and sweet. Dry bitterness. Chewey dark fruit. Some interesting spices. A dry fruity finish.
Elwood (2904) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a cloudy, ruddy brown with a slight, light tan head. The nose reminds me of an oaky barley wine. Some toffee and dried fruits. The flavor is cloyingly sweet with slight metallic notes and sickly brown sugar sweetness. This brew is absolutely disgusting. It’s like drinking a fruity, metallic cup full of simple syrup. Total drain pour.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy medium sized tan colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a typically carbonated transparent beautiful red brown colored body. The aroma was candy malty red apple and vinegar. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of mild hops wonderful candy and malt. A wonderful best in class brew.
madmitch76 (12141) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
26th February 2011
Bright clear red - amber beer. Tidy cream coloured head. An attractive beer! Mild vanilla wood nose. Slightly soft palate. Sweetish dried fruits but with cherry and strawberry. Mild licorice spice. All of this encased in a mild vanilla oak backdrop. Finishes semi dry. Best of the Cuvee series and another cracker from Southern Tier.
djd07 (2534) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear copper with a small white head that quickly dimninishes to nothing. The aroma is vanilla oak and hop. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet vanilla malt and light roast in the finish. Easy to drink hiding alcohol well. Really enjoyed this American strong ale from Southern Tier.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong okay sappy, burnt caramel aroma. Color is deep red, like a red wine. Taste is almost viscioisly sweet. Raisins, caramel, flan, rum. Incredibly sweet, almost like the syrups that are used for soda fountains. Might be hard to finish my glass, we’ll see.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from my sister-in-law, thanks Alyssa! Pours a cloudy, amber-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and nutty with lots of rich caramel and toffee. Some vanilla, light wood notes, faded citruses, berry dark fruits, touches of toast, and brown sugar. Flavor is very sweet up front with lots of sugary caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some toast in the middle as the initial caramel sweetness turns to richness. Light vanilla notes, oak, faded citruses, and berry dark fruits. Finishes with a sugary, cookie malt sweetness and a lightly spiced bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, sticky body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this was alright, but it was pretty sweet and a bit cloying. Series 1 and 2 were sweet, but this one wasn’t as balanced as the previous two. More fruit notes and not as much oak or vanilla. Okay.
jbruner (1689) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obviously at this point the beer has been aged a bit, considering there was only a single run. Pours a hazy reddish-brown from the bomber with thin off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is heavy on the vanilla sweetness from the oak, light smoky and roasted malts, and boozy back end. Taste is like wine, fruity and sweet, with good burn from the booze on the way down. Intetesting, good, gets a good buzz going.
bluejacket74 (1131) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle. I know this has some age on it since I bought the bottle about a year ago, but I figured I’d drink it anyway since I had tried the Cuvée Series 1 and 2 in the past. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/amber color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla and some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s syrupy and sticky with low carbonation. Overall I thought this was a solid brew, but I do wonder what it was like when fresh. $8.99 a bottle.
PhillyCraft (2578) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Annie and on tap w/ annie at Kraftwork. We always think of this beer as a cherry belgian tasting pumking. There is no pumpkin in it but it was that same almost artificial vanilla flavor that the king has. Pours a full bodied bronze color with thick chestnut head and lacing that would not leave my glass. Aromas and taste are sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, cherry booze, oak, toffee, and other dark fruits. Good beer but it borders on cloying. Keep that overly sweet vanilla for the Pumpking ST.