MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light red-brown with a thin cream head. Oxidized with a bit of dusty malt and some chocolate but again flatness, bit of caramel. Not too impressive, bit strong yet empty, probably from barrels acting on a lighter beer.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks riversideak! Rich smooth brandy, seems like itís close to a decline. Oaky with sweet brandy, earthy like topsoil after a rainstorm. Slick smooth brandy, leather, finishes more toward caramel.
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark fruity boozey nose, brandy, vanilla, roast and toasted malts. Brown pour red hues, foamy rings on edges. Lots of sweetness, brandy vanilla, toast, chocolates here and there. Thin and mellowed by age, but really nice. This would be awesome to try fresh.
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz twist off, thanks Alex. Pours a clear brown with small yet tight head. Sweat, malty, cake, raisins, caramel...very ídesertyí. Lightly carbonated and thin body. Sweet, malty, roasted nuts, brown sugar, hints of tobacco and cardboard. I canít imagine this is getting any better right now.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Poured a clear auburn with thin, tan bubbles. Aroma of cinnamon, crumb cake, sweet cake batter. Taste is sweet brandy, brown sugar, chocolate coffee cake. Pretty yummy.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and boozy, bourbon aged nose. Taste is rather sweet, lightly bitter with lots of bourbon, lots of toffee and some dark fruit. Finishes with some a lot of gooey caramel.
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar - thanks! Clear maroon. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste of caramel and whiskey. Nicely done, considering it was a buck fifty a bottle!
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Pours murky brown with a thin tan head. The smell is fantastic, with a good deal of brandy left that mixes with some whiskey notes. Honey, vanilla, raisin, caramel, and a bit of nutty roast mingle around behind the booziness. Not sure what this was like new, but itís smooth and mellow now, with just a hint of sharp booze. More of the traditional brown ale comes through in the taste, with some light nutty roast and some caramel sweetness. Lots of raisin, prune, and fig, and the oakiness of the barrel shows its face. Dark chocolate and roast on the finish, along with the brandy notes. The brandy is a bit flat on the finish, and the alcohol still hits a bit. The flavor is a bit disjointed and not as smooth as the smell, but itís still complex. A bit thin and watery, but that doesnít matter--itís the style. A wonderful beer that I missed the first time around and Iím so happy I got to try.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle thanks to JCapriotti pours dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is strong brandy and vanilla with oak notes. Flavor really takes me by surprise. I mean the aroma was awesome but the flavor is not disappointing. Rich roasty brown ale with full fig and toasted malt notes ends with s rich sweet and creamy brandy flavor that complements the beer so well. This is top notch stuff. My only complaint would be that itís a tad thin, but I feel bad even saying that.
smith4498 (3559) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with MIBRomeo. Pours dark brown color with khaki head. Aromas of sweet brandy, caramel and oak. Flavors of sweet brandy, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel and some alcohol. Medium to full body with moderate carbonaton. Thanks Chuck.