jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly hazy brown coloured body with a thin off-white head-fairly standard looking. Aroma of raisins, caramel, soap and a bit of malt-not too impressive. Medium-bodied; Strong burnt sugar flavour ranging from toffee to caramel with some hints of hops and a subtle bitterness. Overall, a decent beer-not as good as the Imperial Stout, but worth trying. I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle purchased at the LCBO in Toronto, Ontario (Queen’s Quay) brought back by JonR888710-thanks Jon!
CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t know about strong. Pours a slight head with a brown body. Rather average with a slight bitter finish...
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of HogTownHarry via trade. Aroma has some moderate fruitiness (cherry candy-ish) with notes of caramel and hints of roastiness. Pours a mostly transparent dark mohagony with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. Flavor starts out roasty with some caramel. Finishes with a moderate chocolate cherry (almost like a cherry tootsie pop) presence with light bitterness. I get more and more cherry as it warms.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, molasses cake aroma with chocolate. Dark brown, but still transparent. Love the redcoat on the bottle. Very smooth, goes a bit acidic. Bitter chocolate, stewed fruit. ABV shines through at times. Velvety feeling, but the body is mostly medium weight. Some green fruit or grassiness in the finish, followed by parched grain. Very good.
reebtogi (3709) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml bottle pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger light beige head that has decent retention and leaves a thin spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is caramel malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and a moderate hoppy bitter finish. Decently balanced flavors with a medium body and moderate carbonation. A fairly decent beer for the style.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red; a perfect wood stain color. Frothy head. Rich flavor. Bold & full-bodied, yet controlled. Smooth, dry finish with a hint of fruity-alcohol aroma.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bonus via Puzzl. Pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and nutty. Taste is sweet with some nice chewy malts, basically a brown ale, with a bit of oomph.
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 tap at pub italia, ottawa. clear light brown pour with a nice light beige head, good retention and lacing. nutty, smooth caramel, warming alcohol, neutral engilsh yeast, grass. moderate carbonation, medium body - velvety, grassy finish. much enjoyed!
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a beautiful deep ruby color with a fluffy off-white head that left a nice lace on the glass. The initial sensation is of an intensely malty beer that warms up to bring out the sherry, caramel tones. The finish is nice a clean and very balanced. I would have guessed the ABV to be a little higher. A very good beer.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from secret santa. Some peanut brittle in the aroma with light caramel. Taste is awfully thin and doesn’t have too much flavor -- maybe a touch of anise and some nuts -- but otherwise is a very easy drinker. Nothing too exciting here, though I wouldn’t mind throwing a few of these back.