Cybercat (4637) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes out of the growler a clear dark sienna with a fairly thick, though not persistent, light tan head. Malty aroma has faint fruity and hoppy hints. Flavor is - HOLY COW, now that is one ferocious alcohol bite! This is a pit bull among beers! Once you get past that, it has roast malt and caramel notes with a fruity hint. Rough tough texture leaves a moderate fizz and some malt and caramel. This beer is not, repeat, NOT for the faint of heart. Sip it slowly, lest the next morning your head feels like the Death Star after Luke Skywalker got to it!
Sammy (10564) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at engine 15. Dark brown with a little floating head. Lacey. Mild hop aroma. Brown style, licorice taste muddled flavours. A little cloying. Assertive carbonation.
PorterPounder (6900) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Dark brown pour, tight off-white head that sticks around a while. Sweet aroma with some hints of kid’s cereal, some chocolate covered cherries, a hint of dates. Flavor is full bodied and bold with some chocolate notes, some raisiny-date goodness, a touch of sweet cherries, and a dash of licorice - all blended together rather nicely. Thick rich mouthfeel. Solid entrant from Sweetwater.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Proof. Deep mahogany pour with a frothy tan head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is nutty, sweet toffee malts with lighter notes of raisins and earthiness. Sweet toffee and roasted malts throughout with some brown sugar, dark fruit and bit of a citrus spice ending. Medium heavy bodied with good carbonation. Not bad, I'll just never really like Barley Wines.
Aurelius (4918) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark, ruby-brown, root beer color. Worthless painted label. Sweet, dark-fruity aroma with some wood, prunes, musty malt. An edgy up-front -- astringent, unpleasantly bitter, the ABV is not well masked. Vinous, caramel, light cocoa. Medium heavy body, twangy. Not terrible, just a mishmash. Market Square Liquors.
jbruner (3720) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky blackish-brown from the bottle with bubbly tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, dust, and toffee. Taste follows, well balanced with the booze well hidden. It was definitely good, but I feel I need to get another one to age it. I will report back.
nearbeer (4611) - 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 (2134) - 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 (450) - 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.