elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber brown, with a foamy beige head that dissipates and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of raisin and berries, sweet overall. Taste is warming, with malts dominating and some hoppiness. Alcohol is definitely front and center with dried fruits and spiciness providing much of the flavor. Some sourness and a little hoppy bitterness, but extremely drinkable and warming. Mouthfeel is lively, even a bit sharp, with tingly carbonation. In sum, an awesome beer, perfect for th season.
kchampagne (105) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is loaded with spice and malty sweetness. Taste follows the nose. Medium bottle and quite enjoyable.
snoworsummer (2034) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle shared by jheath99! Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy off white head. Tastes like bitter coffee, very malty, sweet caramel, burnt toast. Light.body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted malts and Irish coffee.
JHeath99 (890) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Maltitude. Pours an opaque cola brown work a thin layer of beige head. Aroma of caramel, spices, and some malts. Taste of dark chocolates/roasted malts and some spices.
sonnycheeba (3448) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours clear cola brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly roasted malts, spices, cocoa, beef jerky, raisins, and dates. Flavor is malty and heavy spices with dark fruit sweetness, and faint hop bitterness; dry finish with light spices. Medium body and carbonation.
madmitch76 (14669) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
25th May 2014
Tasting at the ever gracious ChrisO’s. Clear deep amber - red beer, decent pale cream cour head. Palate is airy and light, superfine carbonation. Airy malt, very light cream. Mild dark toffee streak. Spice kicks in, not too hot. Touch of dried fruits. Okay.
minutemat (1494) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Chriso May 14 tasting. Pours darkest brown, cream head. Big choc aroma, lots of spicy fruit cake in the taste with sweet orange, dried fruits, almonds, burnt sugar.. others in the group gave this the thumbs down but I quite liked it.
pintbypint (2582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stainless growler pour, bottleshare at Ferris’. 2012 version. Brown pour, Thin white head. Nose has chocolate and caramel. Taste has cinnamon and clove and cocoa and caramel. A bit of cinnamon in the finish. Not great.
Ferris (3785) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler - Vintage 2012 - Dark malts with a bit of cinnamon in the finish and some sourness. Cloudy brown with a beige head. A little roast, some spice and a bit of sourness. This didn’t age well.
onceblind (4009) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown or black in hue, under a thin creamy light khaki head. Nice rich and sweet/herbal-spicy nose of earthy sweet cocoa, cinnamon, clove and toffee pudding. Big rich flavor that has a bit of herbal spice to it followed by clove, earthy dry cocoa and sweet toffee. Not quite sweet or dark tasting enough to be a porter though. Just kinda a dark winter ale.
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Chriso. It pours deep brown with a medium beige head. The nose is sweet, spicy, a bit of tangy HP sauce, gingerbread, toasty, brown bread, dried fruits and light tang. The taste is toasty, caramel, big spice, warming alcohol, earth, dark fruits, caramel and wood with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not much depth to it really. All about the spice. So-so.