jpkeskinen (383) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Nice, strong and slightly sweet taste. Quite a good beer.
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
maybe the style just isn’t really my thing. from my notes: flat, thin, bready.
not going to revisit this one.
NJJereme (375) - Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown w/ a light off-white head. Smells almost like wine on the pour. Definite hints of fruits, particularly grapes but very nicely balanced with a nice hoppy edge. Nice on the palate, hits it in all the right places, goes down nice. Medium bodied. Very enjoyable
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12
330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA.
A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes.
A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds.
T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer.
P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness.
O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out of 11.2 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 10/18/03. Pours to tight, slight head that turns to a thin whisp like an espresso. Mostly opaque, dark caramel color with a hint of redness. Subtle but delicious nose-- just wish it were stronger-- some cherry, some sour apple, lots of raisin, and slight malt. Smooth and substantial mouthfeel, medium body. Initial taste is lightly sweet with green raisin and slightly sour with an edge of dark malts. Very nice, light fizz in the mouth and lovely smooth finish. A little more complex finish would be nice, but it's mostly bitter and slightly glowing, with moderate length. Nice and clean. Hops? Strange to find them mostly in the finish. Others mention chocolate, and now that I think about it I guess it's there, but I sense mostly raisin and hold this up there with the Raison D'Etre. I bet it'd go nicely with some good dark chocolate, though. Very nice brew.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Poured a dark red/brown, with a thick two finger head that slowly faded to a nice cap. There was quite a bit of lacing.
Smell; tons of malt, caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol.
Taste; the malts are there in your face, it has a little smokiness to it, and the caramel and vanilla really come through in the finish. There’s almost no hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick and velvety, really nice.
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt smoke and toffee a very interesting brew. Page 460 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 235 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours clear red with a very small beige head. Aroma of malts, raisins and caramel. Some weak notes of wood and alcohol. Flavour is sweet and this is a dessert beer. Low carbonation, medium sweetness, slick mouthfeel. Well balanced.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent. Surprisingly little aroma, this beautiful, dark, brown specimen lends itself into a delicate yet complex rich flavor with a surprisingly huge palate that leaves almost no residual sweetness behind A masterpiece. Some burnt toffee notes in the background, but this seems to be exclusively from kettle carmelization and not from the malt. Pale malt flavors predominate and are exactly what this beer needs to present. Very clean. A masterpiece (oh wait ... I already said that).
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured deep, deep red with a great frothy head that stuck around for a while. Aroma is a little light at first, but takes off as it warms ... toffee, cherry, licorice, fig and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth in the mouth. In fact, there is no astringency at all. Flavor, like the aroma, takes off as it warms. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, licorice and molasses all dominate, but they play nice. I’m not really sure what it is, but this one is greater than the sum of it’s parts, and is really a fantastic brew.