Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewery, im a big sucker for old ales so i am biased but this one is awesome. Rich and toasty and very ashy with a dry finish. What is really holding it back from world class is that the body is thin, which is unfortuneatly a common theme at willibrew. :(!
beerfest5 (831) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolately, roasty goodness. Almost porter-like in its color and aroma with a little oily sweetness to it that takes this beer to another level. Very enjoyable for the first two pints, then my palate was screaming at me to stop.
joebudzjoe (661) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ the Brewery. Served in a pint glass, this beer has a brownish/purple color with a fizzy white head. Aromas of malts, dates and brown sugar, this beer is pleasant, warm and very drinkable. More of a malty beer, this has hints of dark fruits, nutmeg, licorice, ginger. The hops give this nice bit. Despite the higher alcohol content, this one was easy to put down. Enjoyable brew.
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown beer. Aroma is lightly sweet. Rich treacle/molasses and a soft hint of dark brown sugar. A light rumminess as well, but thankfully, it isnít all that chewy. Softly herbal and a little bit sticky. Fairly hoppy on the back with a lot of herbal/earthy notes. There is a little bit of licorice flavour as well. Unusual and pretty tasty.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh growler purchased today 1/18/08. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, some cocoa, burnt maly, lots of nuts, some dark fruit. Taste is initially nutty with a really pleasant complimentary bitterness and nice chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is dense with a bitter finish. I wish the one I homebrewed was as good as this.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tan head atop cola-black body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, roast, light chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, some earthy, roast, bittersweet chocolate, caramel. Creamy medium-full body, light stickiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.
DYCSoccer17 (3156) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz sample at the brewpub. Licorice/anise aroma with some subdued chocolate aromas present as well. A little peppery in the arma that is low on hops. The aroma is a little faint. Moderately hazy dark-brown color with a small light tan head that is rather small. Light lacing present. Sweet, dark chocolate start sprinkled with anise notes. Middle has more booziness that I would expect from a 7.7% beer. This adds quite a medicinal characteristic to this beer. Finishes quite roasty with more chocolate. Sort of tastes like a baltic porter.