fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown color, almost black; thin head. Light aroma of caramel, sugar, soap, alcohol, light phenol. Strong caramel flavor, rather sweet but boring, with a really too strong flavor of sweet liquorice. Sweet booze, cloying.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Maple, raisins, prunes, buckwheat pancake aroma. Flavor is sweet with some fresh cane syrup, prunes, vanilla and molasses. Good stuff!
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of prune, raisins, dates, toffee and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, licorice, dried fruit and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry lingering toffee finish.
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, dark fruits, a yeastiness (somewhat similar to Unibroue), and a touch of caramel. It pours a transparent dark orangish-brown with a one finger khaki head that leaves behind spotty lacing. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and fruit. The finish has caramel, a hint of Unibroue-like yeastiness, and a touch of alcohol. medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Dark brown cola-like pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet toffee malts and light floral hops. The aroma really reminds me of a Scotch ale. The flavor is heavy on the sweet caramel and toffee malts with little to offer in the way of bitter hops. Those expecting a barely wine may be disappointed but this is a very solid beer.
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich dextrinous harp ruby brown with one finger of light tan head. Dextrinous nose with notes of caramel and peat followed by raisins and a mild port-like quality. Rich malty flavor, caramel and sweet toasted grain with some fruity esters and peaty notes. Slightly raisiny with a mild alcoholic warmth and full body.
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by emacgee. Dark amber with a small white head, good lace. Nose is rich caramel, light butter, maple. Very malty and rich, alcohol extremely well hidden. Pretty nice.
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Best before April 2020.
Appearance : Deep mahogany with small white creamy head. Some lacing.
Aroma : Alcohol and resinous hops. Caramel malt
Taste : Alcohol and malt. Resinous and herbal hops. Finish nice herbal and resinous hops. Nice caramel. Dry and warm finish.
Overall : Nice hops and nice malt. A bit too warm but I guess this is expected to be aged. Nice caramel on the nose. I really like it’s malt and hops but alcohol is a bit too present. Could be a bit more cohesive too. If I had another bottle I’d wait at least 2 years before opening it.
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Gilbert, AZ. Pours dark reddish-copper color, with creamy off-white head, and abundant carbonation. Aroma is complex with vanilla, malt, and some dark fruit. Taste is well balanced, sweet caramel malt and toffee. Full bodied, rich and syrupy. Very little hop flavor. Finish is somewhat bitter, but nicely bitter. This one is silky smooth and boozy- - a great ale!
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 fl oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is a hazed brown orange copper, with a smallish light tan head. Aroma is coriander, grassy, and a rye maltiness. Taste is sweet malt, the rye notes, followed by bread and floral herbal. Peat earthiness crops up in the finish. Really interesting and integrated beer. Palate is heavy to medium bodied, lower carbonation - certainly a sipper. Lingers with peat, sweet malt and minor alcohol notes. Nice one, thanks for sharing Eugene.