nearbeer (3660) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Chestnut color with a small, lasting head. Nose is mild caramel and maybe some faint woody citrus. Taste is at first Belgian funky yeast, then some caramel, raisin, toast and a hint of a mix of citrus and resin. Medium body is smooth and well balanced. Tastes like a Dubbel blended with a cheap Tripel. OK, but none too complex and disappointing, especially since it shows no characteristics of an Old Ale, which happens to be my favorite style.
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber-chestnut into the glass, with a nice eggshell head that leaves nice window-wash lacing. The nose is of spices, wood, malt and basement. The flavors are malty, some earth, toffee, dark fruit (i.e. prunes), peppering alcohol notes, pie spices, caramel, and finishing with a doughy caramel astringency. The mouthfeel is lightly oily with a full body. This goes down well, and I would really love to cellar a bottle for a couple of years to sample this once it has matured and mellowed a bit.
TomTron (370) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee that seem to fade away. Taste has a decent amount of caramel and toffee in it as well some slight fruit notes and a faint amount of earthy hops that linger. Definitely feel the warmth in the stomach from this one and the legs in the glass are running well. Finishes dry and has a mouth watering effect. Overall this is a pretty solid offering but the best thing about it might be the gnarly bottle art. CHEERS!
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from tap. Pours a nice hazy amber color with a white head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma very minimal malty fruity aroma with alcohol notes as this is a 10% beer. Flavor is initially bitter with malt notes and finishes with dry alcohol. Mouthfeel is full carbonation us average. Overall this is a good beer.
maxwelldeux (3539) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a smallish white head. Nose is very slight with just a hint of malts to it. The taste is much heavier on the malts with some toastiness to it. Has a bit of a bite, too.
raradel (339) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfection. I have been waiting for this brew to come out on pins and needles... And it is awesome! Dark and mild, full bodied and complex. This has everything you could want in a strong ale, you can’t do better, just different. Check out @beerapostle for a full review in the near future. DRINK IT!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good to see the boys (I’m sure) at Sweetwater still have a boy’s sense of humor. This was a bottle shared by my brother-in-law. Pours clear brownish red with a small beige head. Nose shows caramel, toffee, figs and prunes, burnt candied sugar, and some citrusy hop presence buried under it all. Taste adds a slight earthy character. Dry palate. Surprisingly good, and very drinkable for the abv. Good deal.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. Deep brown. Nose is sweet w/ hints of fermented fruits. Sweet malts, smooth mouthfeel/slick. Mild burnt brown sugar. Boozy but very easy.
SSSteve (3751) - - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. clear rusty copper with a small, frothy, beige head. estery fruit nose with some intoxicating fusels. flavors include prune juice, sweet berries, unripe berries, light abv astingency. a warming beer that stays away from being too sweet or too bitter. i see it as more of a malty sweet beer balanced by the high abv rather than a huge load of hops. it falls on the lighter side of medium bodied. its like an american style old ale in the tradition of ameri versions of english barley wines. i’m enjoying it more with every sip!
Imaena (1817) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smells of sweet malt, aged hops, and citrus rinds. It pours a clear caramel color. It has a powerful bitterness through the flavor profile. Tastes like a a hoppy IPA left to age for a couple years. The palate is just full enough to avoid tipping over into the dreaded cloying and hoppy category. A great beer to mix it up on a sunday.