Sledutah (5216) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG grand tasting, thanks to SpringsLicker for bringing a 4 year vertical
Appearance: Hazy brown with a small beige head
Raisins, brown and plum throughout
thedm (4973) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque except at the edges dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was nutty and brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of wood brown malt breads and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown black with tan head and lace. Aroma of dark brown sugar or molasses. Sour brown sugar sweet malt and a sour finish. Medium bodied and fizzy.
mcberko (7458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours an opaque dark amber brown with a towering foamy beige head. Aroma of spices upfront, bubblegum, licorice, and some mild candied sugar. Flavour of spices, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some caramel. Complex, more spicy than the last couple of vintages, with medium carbonation that brings out the complexity perfectly. Great stuff, but inferior to the last couple of vintages.
DrSilverworm (7223) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Dark brown but clear color. Minimal khaki head, little lace. Nice estery lightly spicy nose. Soft, light to moderate carbonation. Dry texture. Nice spicy flavor. Light belgian yeast, little roasty malt. Hint of smoke. Liking this.
b3shine (5974) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks tmoney99). Looks good; black with thin off-white lacing. Smells and tastes malty and a little boozy with notes of lemon and ginger. Average on the palate. Enjoyable.
Blairgus (2819) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oct 2012, bottle. Brown/dark ruby. Nose is warm apple pie, heavy on apple and cinnamon, not as much pie crust. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Tastes of spicy cinnamon apples. Really nice
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stevencon (476) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with tawny edges and off white head. Aroma of cola cola and twizzlers. Effervescent anise and dark fruit. Slight green apple taste. Weird mix of flavors but not bad.
italarican (1494) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Jeff brought to James’s place. Pours a dark brown, auburn hue, with boatloads of khaki head. Aroma has cloying ntoes of butterscotch and candied sugar. Flavor has tootise roll notes and butterscotch stickiness. Some slight sweet spices and cocoa. Sticky sweet despite the thin body and prickly carbonation. Actually pretty good stuff.
HogTownHarry (6135) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 4, 2011 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel: 750ml corked & caged bottle via trade with irishboy (again, thanks, Richard!). Clear, deep, bright brick red; bubbly with a long-lasting creamy/fizzy tan head. Like the ’08 (spice/yeast/sweet caramel/ some booze) but roastier, maybe yeastier, definitely darker and more dry herbal bitterness. Taste follows right on from the aroma, a little warming. Average body, solid carbonation, a bit more bitterness and dry character in the finish.