drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/25/13. 22oz bottle from Grassroots. Clear red amber pour with a big khaki head that cuts in half but actually lasts and laces quite well. Big hop kick in the aroma, pine, pee, leaves, citrus, etc., with loads of caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of wood. Sweet caramel and dark fruits in the flavor but with a big bitter hop kick, wood, dark fruits, sugar, etc. A weird American British combo almost. Sugary yet hoppy with some wood. Not bad.
radio_nowhere (748) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Bomber into snifter glass. Deep ruby red with thin light tan head. Aroma is super malty (dried fruits, candy sugar and caramel) and a faint oak note. Taste is the aroma adding notes of chocolate, plums, some citrus, toffee, vanilla, alcohol and some earthy bitter hops. Heavy body, low carbonation, syrupy, rich, complex with a heavy sweet finish. Great stuff, picked it up thinking it was the regular Back Burner so now I’ll have to try that too!
matthewjk (889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving size, 22oz bottle: Very nice heavy hitter from S.T. Caramel bomb with raisin, spice, and of course that nice oaky goodness that S.T. does so well.
esox (1026) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep ruby color, slightly hazy. Thin, long-lasting head. Aroma has loads of dried fruits, strawberry jam and caramel. Some vanilla. Intense floral hoppiness. Sweet and bitter flavor, woody and rather alcoholic finish. Medium to full body.
akoeninger (397) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red, tan head. Aroma is earthy hops, dark fruit and malt, hint of oak. Tastes great, sweet ripe fruit, toffee, bitter hops, vanilla/oak and some alcohol. Warms on the way down. Very good.
obguthr (3652) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peanut hull, walnut, honey, and orange flavor. Hazy copper, medium yellow head. Overripe orange flavor, finishing with walnuts. Full body. Solid and well balanced, but would prefer a more assertive hop profile.
DrSilverworm (6009) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, bottled: Feb. 2012. Shared with caterwaul. Clear dark red / slightly brownish color. Good thin khaki head. Some lace. Good smooth crisp lighter carbonation. Kind of dry in the finish, but still with a good thicker, kind of chewier body. Very nice texture. Wow, great flavor.. I like this significantly better than the standard Back Burner, from what I remember; much more complex. While the original I think I remember being more fruity, this one has much more earthy notes, some chocolate, and good wood flavors. Oak really shines here. Very nice long aftertaste with which to savor all of that. Hint of vanilla, good oat, barley. Super-nice. Just a very light hint of warmth, which is very enjoyable. Smooth, light creaminess to the texture. Much tastier than expected.
ineedbeer (653) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle is a little over a year old.
Aroma is balanced between malt and woodsy hops with a bit of alcohol in the finish. The malt aroma is caramel and burnt toast with a bit of dark fruit - prunes and raisins. Hints of burnt candi sugar.
Pours a fairly clear brown with some burnt amber notes. Small light tab head that persists very nicely. No lacing and medium sized legs.
Flavor is toasted bread of varying degrees of darkness and some dark caramel. There is also some woodsy hop notes but they are light compared to the aroma. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Only faint oak character, very light. The malt complexity isn't as nice as is old have expected. Sweet but not too sweet. No dark malt character or much dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Astringency is low and alcohol warmth is medium low. A bit watery in the finish.
Overall and acceptable beer but not amazing. The hop aroma and flavor isn't as nice as it could be and the malt isn't super complex. It could have more complexity in the caramel notes.
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ReggieDunlap (3021) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a mostly clear amber/ruby with a thin off white head. aroma is oaky candied fruit...hint of metallic and a hint of cinnamon. flavor is very oaky candied fruit with mild soft vanilla. mouthfeel is medium/full and oily with a candied fruit/oaky finish that dries and warms.
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wowzers! I just said ’wowzers’! I bought this at Foodtown because it was one of the less expensive large bottles. Glad I did.