5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep amber, fairly clear, moderate sandy colored foamy head, spotty lacing. Nose reminds me of wort, well sweet wort. Combine that with some burnt brown sugar and dark pitted fruit. Weird, this one smells like the mash process, but sweeter. Hmmm... Ugh... yeah, this one tastes unfinished. Its sweet, almost cloying, with a strong wort like flavor profile. I love beer, I really do, but when I smell wort I want to gag. This beer isn’t helping. Oh boy... now that this one has warmed up its a little tough to drink. Make sure to drink this one cold, very cold. Body and mouthfeel, while sticky, seems moderate. After each sip I am looking for something to kill this flavor. Jarlsberg cheese it is! Still, this beer just tastes like sweet fruity wort juice. I have several breweries near my residence and this aroma is very common, perhaps without as much sweetness. Body and mouthfeel are moderate, despite this one being a little clingy. No wonder I had to trade this one from the east coast. Cuvee 1 & 2 made it out here, but 3 never did. I think I know why. Thanks Jeff for the opportunity to try this one!
dragonlady1010 (30) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid tan head and lovely dark amber color. Aroma is very sweet and malty with hints of oak and vanilla. Noticeable alcohol in the nose. Very malty and sweet with light oak and fruit notes. I would like this much better if the sweetness was balanced with a stronger oak and/or hop character. Very sweet and under attenuated. Definitely a one-note beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by argo0: Pours a clear deep copper amber with ruby hues and a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet dark caramel a lightly vinous fruity nose with some berry flavors and a touch of oak. Starts with a sweet chewy dark caramel and strawberry fruitiness with some warming oak complexity before a semi-sweet sticky warming finish. Seems under-attenuated and one-dimensional.
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with spare retention. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, straw), light hops (spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, berries, and artificial sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, bread, straw), light hops (spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol and berries. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a sweet finish.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Minimal beige head, clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, wood, some coconut, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, almond, raisin/cherry. Sticky medium-full body.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pour House Grand Central in Tampa. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is malt, booze, some brandy, more booze, dark rock sugar, caramel, some almond, and finally sugar cane. Flavor is about everything promised in the nose. Lots of booze here and the vanilla/ almond/ wood presence is overwhelmed by the cloyingly sweet elements here. Medium in body and boozy in the finish.
DuffMan (9476) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Parksy. Dark red-orange, low golden head. Very sweet aroma with the oakiness immediately apparent. Vanilla, coconut cookie, cooked peaches, brandy, brown sugar. Heavy and sticky and sweet. Finishes sweet with some hop bitterness trying to make a showing. A bit too sweet in the end is my only real criticism.
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear copper amber pour with little to no head at all. Aroma is fruit and vegetables with sweetness and wood. Taste is sweet and woody with some vegetables and dark fruit and finishes sweet and bitter. Palate is medium and slick with a dry finish. I like this!
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Odd, a bit off kilter but still very tasty. The color is entralling. Don’t get too much oak, yum.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6615) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oaked version. Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark red-caramel color with a small beige head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was strong sweet pineapple, coconut, vanilla and apple. The flavor was very sweet pineapple, coconut, vanilla, grapefruit and pine with undertones of candied dark fruits. The finish was long and sweet with lingering pineapple, coconut and pine. Thick and full bodied. Amazing.