CheesedMan (554) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 2006. I have professed on multiple occasions that spiced beers were not my thing, until now. Very lively pour, settling into a brownish head, holding for an eternity. The aroma is off the chart, fruits, spices, wood, brown sugar, I kept sticking my nose into my glass. Flavor begins sweet, melting into fruit,almost a raisin like quality, the alcohol barely showing through. Amazing beer.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Massive foamy brownish white head. Body so brown its almost black. Sweet spices on the nose. Sweet thick spicy body with a port like characteristic. 2006 bottling.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JohnC for the trade. Brown pour with a tan head, aroma of sweet spices, hints of caramel malt, vanilla, ginger. Nice complexity with good balance between malt, dark fruitiness and spice hints. Soft full mouthfeel, alcohol is well hidden. A very different, well crafted brew.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 11.2 oz. bottle via trade with jsquire - Bottle opened with a pretty good hiss. Pours a hazy brown color with a huge light tan head. It took awhile for the head to settle, but it left some nice lacing behind. Aroma is fruity and slightly vinous. Flavor is full of esters (banana and dark fruit), spice, and brown sugar. The beer is smooth, but the it lingers on the palate. Medium to full body. A very nice beer. Thanks Jeff.
TURDFERGUSON (3753) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Kan. Thanks a lot, brother! Consumed on 3/6/07. Pours a dark brown with dark reddish undertones. Nice, thick small-bubbled tan head and sticky,icky lacing. Aroma-wow, lots going on here, roasted malts, dark and sweet fruits, funky yeast, red wine, wood, leather, and some new spices I cant put a finger on. flavor is sweet and mildly chewy. Saltwater taffy is particularly evident with roasted malts, spices, and a little funky, oakish, tart bite that I particularly enjoy. Wow, this a very interesting and unique beer that I would love to try aged. Yummy.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 2006. Gushing. But it pushes forth a phenomenal aroma of incredible unique character. There’s a flow of steady north african spices, exotic asian fruits and nips of candied pipe tobacco smoke. A totally unique aroma, like nothing I’ve breathed before. Musky, yeasty, spicy rich and bold, with creamy black tea notes, faint black cardamom and rich swirls of smoked malt breadiness. Phenomenal. The perfect intensity, allowing all nuances of the aroma to expressive individually, before melding into a one perfumy bliss. Heat nor yeast nor hops dominate aroma. Pours an intimidating deep dark near black mahogany, with a sticky head of tea and milk foam. In the corner a cut of garnet, glowing strongly. On the tongue, a whole new array of flavors and complexity. This is ridiculous. First I grab a real bright passionfruit bubblegum yeast soap, which is actually this beer’s weakest point, but then it yields to a growing warmth in calvados and pear brandies. The residual sweetness slides into a terrific wallop of deep caramels and emaciated raisins, with a toothy bread climbing out of a pot of honey. Intense chewiness with a real backbone. Beer slides off the tongue gracefully, kissing the roof of the mouth with a refined hazlenut and almond bite. A wisp of danish pipe tobacco curls up through the humors. Spices provide a nice base and accentuate the yeast and malt characters. Hopping appears briefly as a sweet lemon rind note in the smack. There are some fantastic sweet fresh maple syrup notes and freshly cut tobacco wood touches that briefly alight out the backdoor. Somehow a little harsh to my nostils and tongue, and the sticky malt notes grow slightly cloying. But to experience such astounding new flavors and nuances, this beer is fantastic. I love the airy quality of quaffablity that comes from the yeast attenuation. Expertly crafted and above all others. The best part is that I keep finding new things in the beers as my palate adapts, now a growing sense of ground fresh ginger root and gentle alder smoke. One of the most intricate beers.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well after rave reviews from eagle i have to agree Poured a dark brown amazing head and great lacing. Aroma was of cinammon foral and spices. Flavor was of dark fruits spices and chocolate hid the alcohol very very well.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark tan head seems to come alive out of the bottle. Very dark brown color with yeast settling at the bottom. Sweet, chocolatey aroma followed by a great mouthfeel. Very smooth. Great flavor. Initially sweet, then a slightly bitter finish.
OldGrowth (2342) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, from trade with with Axl lives. Great aroma, sweet & malty. Fruit, spice. Clove, brandy, cinnamon, brown sugar, plum, little soy sauce. Massive foam, filled half the glass, took a couple pours to finish pouring. Dark hazed brown color. Bitter sweet flavor. Sugary, milk chocolate, little woody, little roasty, plum/raisin, tad hot. Medium body, smooth oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet dryish finish. Nice, alot going on with this one, sweet, little roastiness, spice. Can see why this is well though of.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a brown head. Very spicy aroma, kind of sprucy. Flavor is sticky malts with kind of a sweet sprucy finish. Would like to try this with some age on it.