Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark plum color with some ruby highlights around the edges. An offwhite head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.
S: Grainy malt bills, some light rice cake with some wet paper. This one did not age all that well.
T: More of the same. A ton of cardboard, rice cake, and a little cocoa. Sweet cereal malts. The oxidation has really taken this one over.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Wet paper finish.
O: All the bottles had been stored the same so I don’t know this was a product of a poorly sealed cap, or the beer wasn’t strong enough from the onset to hold onto an semblance of the original flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a dark brown, flavour was very oxy but I can see this one having been quite tasty. it had a belgian smell and a bit of spice in there but the oxidation came through strong
kerenmk (1872) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque dark brown with tan ring. Raisins, spices and dried plum in the nose, sweet taste with some cocoa. Watery light body, smooth texture, no carbonation.
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liked this one...had a little more kick than 03 and 04, in a good way, still very smooth and sweet, but a little more complex. A good kick, up front, a little more acidic, and a lot of sweet fruit. Good stuff, should be drank soon though.
DSG (4918) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy, slightly murky brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, some cookie-ish notes and a bit of dark fruits. Sweetish flavor of chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some spiciness, some oxidation notes and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied.
zach8270 (3165) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Spice and chocolate in the aroma with a bit of spiced fruits nearing the end. Flavor starts off like a spice mulled hot chocolate with a dry malt middle. Slight fruitiness on the aftertaste with a nice bit of spice. My second favorite of the series thus far.
rbrazell (1403) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! From bottle. Muddy deep amber pour with no head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, earthiness, creamy bubblegum yeast and spice. Flavor is dark fruits, earthiness and toffee malts. Meh, pretty weak to me.
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a a hazy reddish brown with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, a hint of spice, earthiness, and dark chocolate. Taste follows, well balanced with just a hint of booze. Good stuff.
stevencon (384) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Merky brown tan head lingers. Even this old its still has good retention. Light chocolate notes. Oxidation. Sweet malt light chocolate maybe some rye malt? Floral earthy character. Oxidation cardboard lingers. enjoy able complex beer.
johnnnniee (1948) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, and light sugar with a bit of ashy, roasty, bubblegum, and molasses. Lightly spicy notes provide a balance to the sweetness and roast. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel, chocolate, and cocoa with hints of spice, fruit and gingerbread. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. We are starting to get a bit darker and this one is right up my alley. This is a nice beer that has held up well, I enjoyed it.