sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 08 real ale festival. My notes weren’t too specific so bear with me. Dark golden brown in color with aroma of dark fruit and malts. Flavor of caramel and dark fruits that really just hangs on your tongue. Very smooth finish. Good brew.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Thanks KrausenJockey. Dark amber, sweet, dark fruit, caramel, wood, vanilla, malty, little honey, little alcohol.
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(10/29/08) Bottle sample at the brewery in Stockton (thanks a lot Steve and Mike!). Deep amber color. Aroma of malt, fruits, brandy and wood. Sweet flavor with cookies, caramel, alcohol, wood and some fruity notes. Full-bodied.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at The Bistro. Leftover from the BA fest. Really lucked out on coming across this one; awesome beer. Amber orange with a fine head. Huge fruity and caramel aroma, with plenty of brandy and wood influence. The flavor is quite sweet, but has so many good fruity nuances, along with honey, caramel, and vanilla, that It comes together. Full bodied, with a smooth, melded feel. The brandy and bright, popping fruit really make this one.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Bistro BA Fest. Pours a dense, reddish-orange color; light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of maple syrup, brown sugar, and slightly warming alcohol; a touch warm. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, dense maple syrup, oozing brown sugar and dried fruits; gorgeous, dense caramel character; reserved alcohol if slightly warming; nicely composed, very dense and heavily malted. Lots of chewy dark fruit. Lengthy finish: dried dark fruits, caramel, and sweet toffee; little alcohol in the finish; ends in reserved sweetness.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bistro BA fest. This is a hazy orange pour. Aroma is really sweet toffee, brandy sweetness, super sweet malt. The whole beer is just sweet and it somewhat masks the alcohol, but it is somewhat hard to drink still.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Steve for the chance to try this! Poured an amber color with a small cream head. Aroma was maple syrup, dark fruits and toffee. Taste was much the same, more sweetness throughout and on the finish, with some alcohol that worked nicely on the end. This was certainly tasty around the firepit on my deck. And also served as the celebratory beer right after my buddy Brett proposed to Kelli. Cheers!
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Otown Throwdown. Suprising amber color, quite clear. Big apple and toffee nose with a touch of butterscotch caramel. Big taste of sweet alcohol (though not burning but it is there) and banana with touches of apple, caramel, candi sugar and toffee. Very sweet with a lasting vanilla caramel finish. This rocked.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with AlohaC at toncatcher’s tasting. My favorite of the night.Very sweet and malty aromas with hints of wood. Flavor was very vanilla and more sweet malt. Caramel and Dark fruits. Very very awesome.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Clear amber body with a small tan head. Vanilla and caramel aroma. Sweet vanilla and fruit flavor with some caramel. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.