jjh19 (58) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red, tiny bubbles, looks rich. Plenty of wine-like smell. .Spicy, with a lot of red wine notes, and a little tart. Really tight carbonation. A terrific sipper with tight carbonation. Definitely worth a try.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium brown with thin cream head leaving little lace. Very yeasty nose, as expected. Notes of red wine, cranberry, raisin and plum. Taste similar to nose. Alcohol is well masked; no hint of a 10% brew. A dry, almost chalky finish. I will cellar one in hopes it gets better with age.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours very dark brown, slight black with tan head. Aroma is sweet plum, raisin, vanilla. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor upfront is straight alcohol, followed by a touch of dark fruit, then slight alcohol burn in the finish. A bit hot right now. Has a lot of aging potential.
HonkeyBra (3344) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with a very quickly dissipating head. Aroma of grapes, oaky tanins, raisins, plums. Flavor has a light splash of tartness, some oak, jam, and raisins. A bit of spice. A slight bitterness. Tiny bit of booze. Mediumbodied, lots of carbonation. This beer is nowhere near as sweet as last years, which is an obvious improvement. Yeah, I can like this.
drowland (5996) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/12/10. 750mL bottle courtesy Lance! Somewhat fruity and funky aroma with tannic wood, chocolate, and nuts. Sweet fruity aroma with dark roasted flavors and hints of sour and possibly some brett or some other infection (purposeful or not). Was expecting more - may need some time on it.
ddemmingjr (696) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Rare Beer Club: pours a cloudy deep burgundy, thick tan head which recedes slowly and lingers quite nicely. on the nose, raisins, pecans, almonds, roasted malts with a little fermented fruit. medium bodied. slight tartness that fades to a subtle spiciness in the finish. distinct.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample at The Bruery on draught. Poured a brown color with thin white head. Aroma was sweet brown sugar, spices, candied yams. Taste was sweet with nice bitterness dark fruit and molasses. Definitely needs some time for aging I think. Pretty good beer though none the less.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 3rd in the series, and the 1st one I’m not sure about. This is certainly a good beer, and one that might get better with age, but right now it feels a little incomplete and odd.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Dark fruit and spices in the nose. Nice Belgian yeast notes.
Appearance:Dark brown and nearly opaque. Nice light tan head with good retention.
Taste:More dark fruits and spices in the foretaste. Maybe some savory chestnuts. The aftertaste has some metallic/copper notes.
Palate:Medium body, good carbonation. A little bit harsh.
Overall:This beer is very good, lots of complexity. It will probably age very well over the next 9 years.
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled shared by the man Hopscotch himself. I would suggest reading his rating, it’s way better than anything I could put together.