Damico (2554) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellared really well - thanks Tom! This has been cellared Pours murky, unclear dark brown with a nice caramel colored head. The aroma has faded to Belgian yeast, tangy and sweet malts, and some molasses - pretty decent still. The flavor brings sweet and tangy malts as well with the chocolate notes having faded unfortuntately. The body is still nice - decently full. The ending of the malts and molasses linger on the tongue.
Blairgus (2588) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-12-12, tap. Dark brown almost black. Nose is nut brown ale, maybe some licorice, faint chili. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Some lime peel, burnt toast, maybe some cinnamon. Decent. No real alcohol presence.
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craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Deep cloudy burgundy pour with thin film of lacing. Nose and flavor bring chocolate roast, deep plum, further dark fruit. Dry mouthfeel, cinnamon and clove. Pretty good.
haddon90 (1450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a nice tan head. Nice, brown sugar aroma with a lovely hint of malt. Very smooth. Sweet with a light balance of hops. Great sense of the brown sugar and molasses. The alcohol is very well masked. A truly amazing beer.
JohnnyJ (4307) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade a while back. Murky brown pour, with a small off white head. Flavor is mostly caramel and toffee, with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and musty cardboard. The staleness isn’t that bad, this bottle has held up fairly well. Still decent.
brokensail (10741) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours a murky dark amber color without much of a head. There is a definite oxidation to the aroma. Lots of cardboard with the stale sugar and toffee notes. A bit of fruit, maybe some chocolate. The flavor is fairly boring, mostly due to the oxidation. Just sort of sweet and muddled with a bit of cardboard to it. Might be some dark fruit notes and yeast in there.
Shag (2598) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel, and nutmeg. The flavor contains some spices, mint, ginger, caramel, and chocolate. The aftertaste is rather sweet. Overall this has held up fairly well and would be a good beer at Christmas time.
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to brentfeesh for bringing this to the tasting - Caramel colored, no head. Smells like caramel, Dr Pepper, and mints. Pretty sweet, with a chocolate note, a bit of mint, and maybe some ginger? maybe?
jake65 (2600) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sept 2010: Pours a murky cinnamon brown color with a thin, scratch that, no real head at all. Nose is musty, yet lively. Chocolate, yeast, florals, and some Belgian spice. Flavor is much richer than expected... Faded citrus hops, florals, cocoa, caramel... wow. Sort of a grape/plum type fruitiness. Sweet plays well with the florals, yeast, and spices. I sure am glad to have opened this now, but it aged very gracefully. Well done.
BuckeyeBoy (2673) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle at our 10-10-10 tasting. With a huge thanks to Toby for sharing this. Pours out a brown topped with a tan head. Aroma was of sweetness, spice, belg yeast, and pit fruit. Taste was much of the same. The finish was a nice spice and malt.