Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pros: Nice appearance. Has some malt complexity and barrel character, but it canít hold itís own against the critters.
Cons: Itís getting quite sour and doesnít have much malt left. Itís awfully thin. Very out of balance. Contaminated.
Jwjeep (1) - Rifle, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2009 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good wee heavy from some great guys! Iíve had this on several occasions from both the tap and at festivals. Good and sweet, as youíd expect a scottish heavy with lots of kettel caramel flavors and wood. Sweet without being over the top. A good beer, and one of my favorites from this place.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by mmtmatrix. Poured a deep garnet-red color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that faded to a thick later. Aroma of brown sugar, light peat, a bit of fruit (plum and apple) along with some oak and vanilla. Smooth, sweet entry with hints of soft brown sugar, some lightly tart fruit (apple and grape), leading into a moderate yeastiness that finishes with some lightly dry oak and soft vanilla. Moderate carbonation and decent mouthfeel. While not really true to the style, this beer offers some decent aroma and flavor, but lacks the complexity to hang with the big boys.
HLGIV (14) - Golden, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from brewery. Mahogany color with a faint head. Subtle earthy nose accompanied by a hint of the sweetness to come. Rich caramel maltiness slides like silk over the tongue. If you didnít know you would never guess this beer is over 10% ABV. Great beer! Canít wait to get back to the brewery.
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at brewery. Pours clear brown with an average, creamy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough, leather, earth) with notes of dates. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity.
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this brew at the All Colorado Beer Festival on 11/08/08. Color is a beautiful mahogany with good carbonation and a big thick head. Aroma is very malty. Taste is almost like a Barley wine. Its sweet and rich with dried fruit and malt. This was the best brew at this festival and is the best brew I have had from this brewery.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 52. Brewed 06-08. Pours a mostly clear, dark garnet color with a mostly full, fizzy, beige head which is mostly diminishing and leaves no lace. Nose is spicy aclcohol, toasted caramel, raisin, bread crust, light chocolate, and hints at wood. Flavor is similar with caramel, brown sugar, light raisin, light nutty notes, light chocolate, and some toasty woods. Palate is more than medium, very lively, chewy, but almost watery near the finish. Finishes light;y dry and sweet with some mild, earthy bitterness; notes of caramel, brown sugar, faint wood notes, and faint alcohol. My first from Trinidad, and certainly mixed feelings. Lots of nice malt tones in the nose and flavor, but the other notes really lack and that depreciates from the quality of the beer.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 Originally sampled at í08 BSAF. Resampled from bomber. Batch #44 May 1, í08. bottle has oak aged written on the label.<P>
Beer is clear, dark-hued brown. Head is small, off-white, frothy; mostly and quickly diminishing but ultimately lasting..<P>Aroma is malty with moderate/heavy notes of toasted grain, caramel, cookie, lighter note of chocolate; Hoppy with moderate note of resin, lighter notes of lemon zest, tea and tree sap; Light yeasty note of cellar; Moderate alcohol note; Light woody vanilla note.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, light/moderately bitter with a long, light sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average.
Beaver (1337) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, batch 44 May 08, with "Oak Aged" in black marker on the label. Pours reddish brown with a creamy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet caramel malts, dark fruits and some sharp alcohol. Oak comes out as it warms.
The flavor is more subdued than I expected (not necessarily bad) - sweet sugary caramel malts, some cola, vanilla and fruits with enough hops for a nice dry finish, with a little slightly charred bourbon. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is slightly watery.
Overall, a nice surprise. This is an easy drinking big beer and is pretty well done. Itís easily the best Iíve had from Trinidad.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark copper with a minimal lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, burnt carmel, vanilla and a hint of cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, light bourbon and light oak with a smooth lingering bitter finish.