brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a lot of brown and it is very cloudy/opaque.
S: Smells sort of dusty. Lots of gingerbread sort aromas with a nice spiciness. Some toasted bread, brown sugar, and a bit of toffee. Mild dark fruits are in there somewhere.
T: The flavor is just off-putting. Really astringent and drying with an almost peppery flavor. Plenty of spices, cardboard, and a bit of the same dusty character that was present on the nose.
M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.
O: This one has not held the test of time, unfortunately.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep dark reddish-brown color with a one-finger light beige head and excellent lacing. The aroma is rather malty with big molasses and anise, along with some dark fruit notes. Molasses dominate the flavor. A little too much really. Sweet dark malts back it up, lending caramel and toffee notes with a little roast and anise. Medium-plus body with carbonation a little below average, giving a strange spicy feeling in the back of the mouth due to all the molasses. A bit disappointing overall, as I expected a better English Strong Ale from Troegs and thought this would have aged well. It almost gets there, but not quite.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is malty with notes of toffee and molasses, hints of dark fruit and spicy hops. Pours copper/auburn with a decently lasting head. The flavor has notes of toffee, molassess, fruity notes, lightly spicy hops. Lightly odidized and not as vibrant flavor wise as it once was more than likely- have had this for a little while. Still somewhat interesting.
MeadMe (1221) - Riverview, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Pours a nice amberish brown with a nice tall creamy head. Pretty good retention with some spotty lace.
S: Malty sweet aromas with notes of spice.
T: Bready up front, biscuit like. The middle has a nice brown sugar and summer fruit sweetness. Spice takes over and the finish is fairly bitter.
M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.
BelgianBeerGal (2971) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Traded bottle at just below room temperature. Dark brown pour with some ruby highlights and a short brown head. Pretty still. Very clean aroma with the Amarillo hops still hanging in there plus some brown sugar and molassas. Nice flavour but only the spice remains of the hops (completely expected). Pretty classic winter warmer with some naked alcohol in the finish.
Ughsmash (6972) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Rich for the bottle! Poured ruddy, medium brown with a short-ish cap of beige head.. clear with a cool color in the light. The aroma picked up sweet toffee, sourdough bread, and increasing molasses topped by earthy and herbal hoppage.. lots of rich sweetness stood out and was almost candy-like. The flavor was very much centered around the molasses, with a little toffee and cereal down there as well.. bitterness was light and earthy, likely degraded from where it began.. candied molasses and maple syrup on the warm, lightly spicy finish (picked up a little nutmeg and cardamom). Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. tasty and intriguing components in here, but it didn’t flow all that well.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle I believe from ThEpeeist. Thanks, Chris! Pours a dark ruby copper, just faintly hazed, with a bit tannish head that laces a bit, dies down significantly. Aromas are caramel and toffee malts, stale biscuits and digestive crackers (think cereal grains), very light florals, honey crisp sweetness. Initial is malty, caramel and some light raisin. a bit soapy and light bitterness. Cereal, grainy, a touch of fruity yeastiness along with floral hops with a touch of spice on the back of the palate. This beer is ok, not a style I love, but certainly drinkable and nothing that is overbearing in booziness.. a bit of cardboard, a bit of almost maple syrup. Interesting.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy mcbackus. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a thin, bubbly tan head. The aroma shows notes of toffee and caramel as the malt base to go with some fark fruit and hops. The flavor follows with the toffee and caramel malts up front followed by some dark fruits and a touch of faint earthy hops in the back. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and fairly smooth going down with a dry finish. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.
Qubert (62) - USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle: pours a dark brown with thin head. Aroma is malt, maple and a hint of fruit. Flavor is sweet malt with balanced hops. Troegs does a great job with their scratch line.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured an dark orange amber with a nice amount of head. The aroma was malty, caramel, and toffee. The flavor was malty, caramel, and the dark chocolate bitterness without the chocolate part. Overall, a very interesting beer with great flavor.