Shortstack (23) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complicated, rich. Dark coffee color, pleasant bitters; subtle sweet undertones. Light fizziness. Beautiful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #33. Somewhat clear dark brown color with a small beige head. Mild aroma, light sweetness and a bit of toast. Kind of a metallic flavor, a little sweet and some nuttiness. Not much there, drinkable, but the barrel is practically non-existent. (2471)
hansenkw (12) - - AUG 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a delicious looking clear brown with a lingering, light brown head. Smells slightly boozy with hints of vanilla and molasses. Tastes about what the scent and appearance imply -- smooth and malty, quite sweet with a definite alcohol front. Had a slightly metallic aftertaste and was a bit astringent. Overall the description and color outweigh the taste and mouthfeel.
tgncc (2830) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is wood, vanilla, rum, toffee. The appearance is a translucent brown/red, white head. The flavor is wood, vanilla, caramel, not many of the usual brown ale features. The finish is wood, booze, light pine needles. Medium in body. Decent overall.
robforbes (2072) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear brown with a small off white head that quickly leaves, and a little lacing.
smell is nice, brown sugar, woody, a touch of caramel, and spice.
taste is thick, wood, sugar, molasses, malt, some roastiness, a touch of white pepper, and a few hops. ends smooth and a tad bit of bitterness.
Hayes3285 (5) - New York, USA - AUG 17, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful smelling and Beautifully tasting beer from Widmer Brothers. The taste was the weakest point for me, but it goes down smooth and easy. A great beer from their reserve, you can slightly smell it was aged in the rum barrels as advertised.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well,still waiting for one of these boxed wider beers that I’d pay the high price for again. This isn’t it. Some obvious rum flavors from the beginning with a hint of coffee as well, yet it just isn’t anything amazing.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Deep muddy burnt caramel, moderate sandy head, frothy, with nice lacing. Molasses and burnt brown sugar nose. Also a touch of dark pitted fruit and cotton candy, well burnt cotton candy. On the tongue I am getting a little bit of an astringent soy like flavor, almost like the dark pitted fruit is too heavy and way too bready. &nbps Reminds me of a seriously over done Doppelbock. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Heavy brown sugar flavors, molasses, slightly burnt. Its almost too much. Needs some hop bitterness to balance out the heavy maltiness. Too sugary sweet overall. Slight rum flavors on the finish. Needs something... maybe some more hops to balance it out. Could stand to be less sweet, but more velvety. Tiz okay, but a little rough around the edges.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dull brown pour with a ring of tan head. Nose is lacking overall - some rum spice, wood, molasses, and caramel. Some sweetness - vanilla and brown sugar.
bhensonb (11260) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours pretty dark brown with a 1/4 inch beige head. Lots of rum and treacle in the aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is massively treacle with rum and some citrus and arguably pear. It burns slightly. I’m thinking this massively flavorful ale will age well. Brilliant concoction.