petewhitley (491) - Nagoya, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bright appearance with the right little creamy head. Very strong notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, ripe fruit, little wood, little smoke, very smooth. Very nice palate, very complex, fantastic dry end.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very heavy, earthy aroma from the barrel. Smells more like other barrel aged liquor than beer. Nice head on pour, Quite dark, brown on the edges, maintains some fine lacing but mostly just around the edge. Very soft on the tounge, A shallow sweetness met evenly with the yeast flavour, it finishes with the barrel and goes on for a bit. This is quite nicely balance, just a bit of sharpness at the end of it all to pique your tounge. I also just mowed the lawn so this goes great!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Roasted malt aroma with notes of molases. Large bubble head. Ruddy brown liquid. Flavor is burnt toast and a little coffee. Very smooth but still not very pleasing.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that I’d just tried it. Wow, we’re off to a great start here!
Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh.
Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries...
Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. I’m very impressed.
Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you haven’t had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black beer with a nice white foam. A complex, medium bitter flavour and a long dry finish. Hard to find anything special taste, it simply tastes good. I really liked this beer!
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving date: 2009-05-14. Served in snifter.
Dark brown with big ruby hues. A 2 cm light-beige creamy head that settles after a while. Nice lacings.
A nice and big smell of malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and some coffee. Plenty of prominent fruity aromas. Some spices. Faint hint of alcohol. A very nice smell with plenty of depth.
Plenty of malts with a dense and sweet character in the mouth. The malts has a slight caramel-like character, but even more so of candy sugar and brown sugar. Fudge and notes of chocolate. Tasty vinous fruits (cherries, blackberries). In the finish there is notes of wood, dry coffee notes, spicy alcohol and some herbs.
Rather full-bodied, soft and creamy texture. Well balanced carbonation.
A very tasty beer with rich aromas. Rather complex and well balanced. Has somewhat of a sophisticated expression.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A small off white head on a dark mahogany body, some lacing present. ARoma consists largely of malt and alcohol. Flavor is intensly malty but supprisingly complex and fairly balanced. Initial sweet taste ends in a dryer finish witn noticable bitterness. I expected this to be quite cloying based on the aroma but was presently supprised to see tht this was not the case with this brew. Palate is fairly substantial and velvety. A nice beer.
benpickens (473) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a medium frothy head. Smells of sulfur, roots, and coffee. Sweet malt up front and a long hop dryness in the finish.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the ugly color - it poured a deep brown that seemed to be tinted with almost a green color. The head was unattractive too - kind of a sickly brown in color. The aroma was unenjoyable also - stale, musty (but not oxidized). The flavor was even worse. There didn't seem to be any obvious infection or oxidation problem - it just tasted old, grungy and bad. Maybe I need to try this one again - if it's better, I'll update the review.