merc7186 (1471) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Brown Hue, Passes Very Little Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Bourbon, Maple, Raisins, Molasses
T: Raisins, Mild Bourbon, Mild Molasses
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Somewhat Watery
Overall, A decent brown barrel aged beer but the smell was better than the taste.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
26th May 2012
Opaque black - brown beer, small tan head. Smooth palate with a little fine carbonation. Minerally freshness but the malt tastes a little tired, still smooth though. Slight barrel vanilla with a hint of fruit underneath. Tangy. Quite a minerally crisp finish. Decent beer but was expecting more from these titans!
alexsdad06 (3824) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle (backlog notes). Pours dark caramel color with a small light tan head. The aroma is nutty, caramel malt, light spicy notes, charred wood, and caramel. The flavor has caramel, wood, charred notes, nutty with some dark fruits. This left me wanting a bit more.
meerbier (1374) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home, aged on Palo Santo wood. Milk chocolate aroma. Very dark brown, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, light bitter, hint of berries sourness, milk chocolate. Lightly warming, sourish/tart, bit thin. Lots of wood in the finish.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/25/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
The color is mahogany, or maybe black, with no light making it through the glass. Brown? Not so much. A nice tan head forms on pouring that retains nicely given the ABV, and leaves some lace down the glass.
Dark fruits in the nose mostly - prunes, raisins, and plums, along with molasses and roasted malt. As it warms, the dates really take over and the alcohol becomes more apparent.
The taste starts out and stays pretty sweet. Molasses and a bit of roasted and caramel malt, along with a bunch of dark fruit - same as the nose with dates, raisins, and figs. I imagine there used to be more of a hop presence, but it is a little light, given how FFF normally operates. If anything, the light spice and herbal character works with the Palo Santo wood to mellow the malt character. Finishes sweet with dark fruits.
This has a very full body, slightly burning sensation from the alcohol on the way down. Medium carbonation, and a bit sticky.
At 10% ABV, this is a slow sipper. I really enjoy the complexity of flavor and the fact that no flavor truly dominates.
soulpolisher (32) - Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color. Aroma is molasses and vanilla with floral notes. Tastesd like molasses and dark fruits. Finishes with a woody flavor. Pretty good.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
09 bottle thanks to my brother for sharing. Pours dark brown with a small beige froth. Aroma is sweet and vanilla, with notes of dark fruit, fig some molasses a bit woody. Flavor starts sweet with Plenty of the chocolate And vanilla, a bit of roast and some hints Of black cherry in the earthy and wood finish. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation, nice beer
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to exiled. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was fudge and alcohol. flavor was dark roast, chocolate, and fudge.
Pavyaz19 (3) - - NOV 24, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I really like this beer but I hate having to leave such long comments. How many characters?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from summer ’08 pours clear dark brown with deep ruby undertone, very little head, no lacing, and little retention. Aroma is raisin, plum, molasses, minerality, chocolate, herbs, deep caramel. Taste is raisin, caramel, toffee, spicy hops, warming booze. Body is medium, low carb, big frothy mouthfeel, oily consistency, spicy lush finish of alcohol and dried fruits. Overall, a very interesting flavor experience. Kinda like a dark barleywine but underlying flavor profile definetly reminds me of Robert the Bruce.