rajendra82 (971) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice deep copper color on this pour, with a gently formed, but durable head that was two fingers thick. The back label of the bottle was filled with helpful information about the contents, rather than the typical double entendre filled nonsense seen on Sweetwater Dank Tank series. The smell was underwhelming at first whiff, but revealed some candied apple like layering upon closer inspection. The taste was unusual for a whetwine, as there wasn’t much of a banana or orange phenols here. Instead it tasted more like a Belgian Quadrupel, with sweet cherries, plums, and other dark fruits. Unlike a Quad, there was bitter hop finish, and the alcohol burn hit shortly after than. This beer could definitely benefit from more age induced mellowing. The mouthfeel was little thin to me, but that may be due to the dry mouth sensation created by the hops. Not really true to style at all, but interesting.
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick syrupy reddish amber with a small partial ring of beige. Aroma and flavor bring smooth sweet caramel candy apple but not cutting or resiny, really smooth after a few years in the cellar. The creamy caramel bar flavor sits so well on the palate.
LinusStick (2932) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got this courtesy of my summer Secret Santa. Thanks. Decent beer. Awesome aroma rich and thick with caramel filling the nose. Almost like a hot candy apple minus the apple. Pour was a hazy burnt red with a thin tan film for a head. Taste was very subdued. Not the big malt bomb the aroma was suggesting. There is strong malt flavor with a weird spiciness that came out as it warmed. Tartness came out on the sides of the tongue in the finish. Tastes like a 7-8% beer so hides alcohol well. Mild carbonation
slowrunner77 (6546) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Oddly spicily hopped and malted...lots going on, some working together, some solo, some flavors seemingly pitted againts each other, but what you end with works. Not a lot to compare this too, even in the style. The only real flaw is the abv shows a bit, but it was definitely enjoyed."
DenverLogan (854) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a bottle with friends in a Walt tribute Dec 11, 2013. Pours brown-amber with head and lace. Aroma of caramel and wort. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of wort, sweet malts, powder sugar, bitter chocolate, bitter fruit rind, minerals. Overall big, bold with some cloying sweet notes and bitterness.
nimbleprop (5469) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a syrupy, translucent caramel amber with some lacing, white head. Nose is very boozy, brandy, some fortified red wine, a little grappa, some grape preserves, malt, caramel. Flavor is a little better, certainly more balanced, malt, a little wood pulp, orange, a little bananas foster, brown sugar, caramel, a bit of clove, a little bit of jam. Fairly smooth finish for 11% abv. My guess is, this beer is peaking now.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, ruddy brown pour. All malt in the nose with some caramel, dried banana, and fig. Certainly on the sweet side flavor wise. Banana bread with caramel sauce and only a slight bitterness to balance things out. Warming finish. Not bad, definitely a dessert brew.
novice101 (308) - - JUN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this after its been aged for a year, I thin the beer would have been better a year ago. The beer now taste like a malt bomb loads of caramel and sweetness up front. There isnt much depth but the beer is not very heavy and pretty drinkable, could easily finish the bomber
crossovert (8593) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. This is a pretty god one here, definite hop character to combatthe large sweetness.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the brewstravelers, thanks! Poured deep red with some yeast chinkies. Nose is toasty malts, spicy malts, smooth caramels, light toffee, rich bready malts, some citrus, cherries, dark fruits, dank fruits. Flavor is similar. warming, citrus, toasty, very faint roast, some rich spicy character. Really nice.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red/brown pour with a light tan head. Aromas of sweet malts, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with some slight warming from the abv in the finish. There is some type of sharp bite in the finish as well that I can’t quite put my finger on but I’m not a huge fan of it. Decent brew but still has a ways to go to be exceptional.