jsquire (3971) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a murky brown color with a short lived Coke-like head. Sweet maple nose. Brown sugar sweetness, but the maple flavor dominates as it warms. Also has lots of fruitiness with plum, raisen and fruitcake. Some coffee bitterness in the finish. Overall seemed a little thin, especially for the ABV. I have never been impressed with Tommyknocker, and this didnít impress me either.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with just a touch of rosted malt. Taste is sweet and a bit bready with the maple syrup definitely dominating. Most of the hop characteristic is lost to the sweet maple but it is in there. A bit on the thin side with the alcohol making itself very apparent when the brew hits the belly. May be better with some more aging?
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep brown with a thin white head. When I hold it up to the light I can see some hints of red. Sweet maple syrup aroma with hints of almonds. Chocolate, almond, and some coffee in the flavor but mostly all you taste is sweet maple syrup. WAY TOO FUCKING SWEET! This beer becomes absolutely sickening and sweet the further you get into it. The alcohol is hidden well but the beer seems very thin for such a high ABV. Horrible attempt at trying something new.
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolate brown with slight red tints. White head is initially medium sized but is mostly diminishing down to a whispy film. Malty sweet aroma, lots of molasses and caramel, slightly smokey and alcoholic. Malty, graham cracker, molasses and maple syrup flavor with a slightly roasty character. Moderate-to-high carbonation. Nothing too exciting, unfortunately.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 Low key aroma. Alcohol and mild molasses is about all and that is hard to pick up. Dark brown with a quickly receding mocha head. Large alcohol fore leads into more maple syrup then the crystal malts come through big followed by mild chocolate malt notes. It ends with more alcohol and some caramel aftertase and the feeling that the beer couldnít take its own name in a lights out closed cage match.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, Great Decatur Beerfest. Dark brown pour. Alcoholic caramel malty nose. More caramel malt flavors, molasses and maple, toffe flavors. Fairly alcohol peppery. Iíd want to age my bottles a bit before drinking.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle...Many thanks to Cindy-Lou for this one! Shared with the Haus staff for a behind the scenes tasting up front. Toasty, caramel, brandy, maple malt nose. Deep mahogany brown hue, with a frothy pale tan head mostly diminishing. Caramel malts, maple, coffee, dark chocolate, marzipan, muscat grape, almond, candied fruit, lively carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Dry and faintly hopped up alcoholic finish. Interesting and quite quaffable for the weight. Float a little on your honey nut cheerios...
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottle from brewery.
Pours a beautiful, rich, lush, mysterious black with a nice head. Aroma is maple, maple, and more maple, with just a dash of cotton candy. Flavor is maple, candy, and sweet malt. A bit flat in the finish, but the taste makes the imbiber forget such a trivial detail. Palate is a bit watery, but slick. Tommyknocker wins again. Great brewery in a beautiful town. Canít wait to go back.
PorterPounder (6713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Greenís Beverages, Atlanta, Ga. - 22 oz bomber. Pours like a cola, sparkling and dark brown with a thick at first, off-white head. Sweet, boozy aroma with hints of bubblegum and overripe nectarines. Flavor is sweet with hints of maple syrup, bubblegum, citrusy hops and some brief chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is quite thick and syrupy and the alcohol is hidden well. turns a bit cloying near the end however - would have enjoyed just 12 oz of this.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark auburn hue is covered by a fading off-white head. Basic chocolate and hazelnut caramel malts are accompanied by a potentially too heavy herbal and earthy hops presence. Somehow fruity undertones are quickly abashed by coke-like flavours that dominate the finish, rooty and drying out. Engaging carbonation may be its main strength as serious alcohol detracts severely from the global enjoyment.