Phillies08Champs (679) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Damico’s for Vertical Epic series. Pours ruby red to dark brown with creamy beige head. nose is candi sugar and nutty qualites. first sip is similar with an almond like finish.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Hopleaf. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. The nose is really appley and herbal. Lots of esters and dark fruit. Earthy. On tasting, some light and faint cardboard. A bit flabby, but it is 10 years old. Smooth with the phenols fading. Clove on the finish. appley, dry and clean and again, earthy. Pretty impressive.
wchesser (1114) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Falling Rock, Denver. Mahogony brown with heavy lacing. Sweet malt with belgiany esters and some black pepper and lightly floral hops. Taste follows with some rock candy sweetness. Orange peel? Tasty not great but amazing it has aged this well.
MadRobin (1856) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12.
Murky, rusty orange-brown with khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of sweet toffee, sweet dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar.
Taste of earthy malts, figs, bitter floral elements, fruit, oak and aged scotch.
Full/medium body and low/medium carbonation.
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Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on 12/12/12. This one has lots of coffee grounds, and a dry, chalky texture that isn’t very pleasant.
Damico (2487) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Traded $90 worth of beers for this one 2 years ago! Pouring it for my vertical epic tasting, only bottle! Pours dark ruby amber with a creamy sandy head. The aroma brings sweet notes and Belgian sugar almost like almonds/marzipan. The flavor brings some aged malt notes and ends with a pleasant sweetness.
dalekliz (855) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a clear very dark amber with a small bubbly white head that fades. Aroma is quite sticky sweet, of raisins, marzipan, wood, yeast, malt, dark fruits. Taste is sticky sweet yeast, malt, raisins, sugar, and at the very very end a bit of sparkly pepper on the tongue. Lingering sweet and a hint of pepper. Could use more pepper. Hasn’t aged that great, but still decent.
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Creamy mahogany pour with a decent frothy head and nice lacing. Nose and flavor maintained a surprising amount of black pepper and cinnamon, caramel, molasses, and a bone dry toasty finish. Pretty all right.
radagast83 (4440) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey on 12/12/12. Poured a slightly hazy toffee color, thick white head that dissipated to a small creamy, slightly wispy off-white head. Slight oxidation, but mostly light toffee notes, some sweet mellow malts. Flavor was some toffee and creamy caramel. Held up a lot better than I ever would have expected.
johnnnniee (2181) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opened tonight by Michael, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with a bubbly off white head that shows great retention. Smells of dark sugar, caramel and some hints of chocolate and dark dried fruits. The flavor is what I expected it would be based on the nose. Lots of caramel and dark sugars with a muted but present raisin and dried sweet cherry flavor. Spicy wheat and yeast flavors round out the palette. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a lightly sweet mouthfeel. I am glad I got the opportunity to try this one, but I really wish I had tried it sooner. There’s really nothing wrong with this beer, but it feels a bit past its prime.