DrnkMcDermott (2844) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle purchased 2009. Figure this has been breathing my cellarís summer warmth and winter chill enough. Deep brown color, but somehow clean, fizzes like a soda pop. Smell of kilned malts, a but of plum, and somehow alcoholic. Nothing off, which is always the risk. First thing that hits the tongue, though, is a very thin mouthfeel. Not that itís a weak beer, but it just seems thereís not enough flavor to go around. Still has some fizz to it, so not like itís a cask pour. Mine had plenty of dregs or yeast at the bottom, which I swirled in, and it picked up the flavor a bit. But this one just left me feeling that for its reputation, it should be better. Maybe a newer bottle will be considered at a future date.
hank37 (126) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a chocolate brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. Cut grass, dried fruit aromas. Initial sweetness is rounded out nicely with a malty hit in the back - dried fig, caramel and malty-sweet.
King_Alex_II (167) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2015 Super darkish brown color with moderately rapid disappearing beige foam head. Very little smell. The taste is less creamy, oily and sweet than expected. Coffee and chocolate aromas and malty taste, but predominantly licorice.
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/20/2011. They can make some very good beer over there. Red brown color with a tan head. Dark fruit, caramel, malt, Smooth texture, not overly bitter and really very balanced.
ContemplateBeer (1607) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer # 1600. Aroma: Pinot Noir, fig jam, leather, dusty caramel; overall quite wine-like, but still undoubtedly beer. Appearance: Dark, murky cola brown with a frothy tan head that settles into a healthy, bubbly skin. Flavor: Vinous up front with more caramel character as this endures; dries out pleasantly with minimal bitterness. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, very soft carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Thought this was pretty delicious; didnít buy this with any special consideration regarding beer #1600, but this was more than worthy to me.
Juha (38) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks like a Dunkel. Aroma is roasty chocolatey Christmas dried fruits. Taste is slightly sour malty bitter. Mouth feel is quite heavy and solid.
Krigla (76) - SLOVENIA - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 0.5l. Clear dark reddish brown colour with small beige head. Low carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts an fruit. Taste starts fruity and sweet followed by strong taste of coffee and roasted malt. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall a really pleasant beer.
AshtonMcCobb (3087) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Coop.
Appearance - dark brown with a nice creamy head.
Nose - sweet malt and raisins.
Taste - cakey and raisins again.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish.
Overall - solid though itís easily better on cask.
ERB92 (417) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nuts, bread, dried fruits,cooked vegetables, caramel, licorice, banana and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Dark brown to black with a red tint, tan head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Overall a pleasant drink, but perhaps a bit on the thin side.
Marstonlad (485) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown color with a dense little head. The aroma displays lightly roasty maltiness with some dark fruity notes - bread, nuts, some raisin appear. Taste is light to medium sweet, mostly malty but also slightly bitter in the finish. Plum and caramel combine initially with maltier notes featuring later. The palate is medium bodied, the carbonation soft. Very smooth, balanced and tasty ale that is suitable for various situations.
Gbgbrouge (200) - SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from memory. Dark red copper with low-medium head. Aroma complex and inviting with notes of dried fruit, dark bread and herbs. Taste is full and bittersweet with a nice malt body. Notes of dried fruit, grass and spice. Really nice for the darker months.