DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle shared by Chuck. Strong berry aroma (juniper?) with some cherry, chocolate, and pale malt. Sweeter elements in the flavor; cherry, bitter stem, and coffee cake yeast. Lingering finish of bitter stem and that bready yeast.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish mahogony color w/ a thick tall tan head. Aroma is fairly light roasted malts and some light tropical fruits. Palate if very avg. Flavor is very sweet buttery carmel hints of brown sugar some plum. A very sweet beer. Pretty decent drink.
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Bottled. Hazily dark brown. The aroma is dominated by pineapple and burnt mal. Solidly malty. There’s toffee and butter as well as some apricot jam. The finish is dryish with notes of dried fruits.
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet maltiness predominates in this heavy warming brew. The aroma smacks of caramel and toffee. It pours a deep reddish brown with a quickly diminishing tan head. The flavors feature strong dark fruits, hedge nuts, and rich sugary malt with a very faint soft hoppiness in the finish. This brew excels in its complexity; and its rich taste develops further as the brew warms. Truly a fantastic beer.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft. 03/2006) Thick, tan, moussy head. Dark, dark, clear amber. Moderate hop aromas supplemented by candi sugar aroma and licorice. Candi sugar and toffee predominate the taste. Full bodied. Bitter back end.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black. Thick, frothy, tan head. Aroma of rich malt, chocolate, toffee, candi sugar, yeast, past ripe dark fruit. Subtle resinous hops and alcohol, also. Flavor up front is rich, sweet malt, dark fruits, candi sugar, yeast, caramel, followed by bittersweet anise and dark chocolate. Crisp hops in the background throughout take a more assertive stance in the finish and aftertaste. Full, balanced body thins out a bit in the finish. Otherwise great brew.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Almost black beer with some red highlights at the edges of the glass. A warming, malty smell with some corn sugar notes. Balanced fresh and hoppy taste.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. The beer poured a muddy, dark amber-brown color with a large, frothy light-brown head. The aroma was warming: moderate malty notes of roasted grain and caramel and light molasses; moderate yeast notes of cellar and sourdough started with complicating aromas of juniper, cheap gin and alcohol. The flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter and it inversed during it’s long finish. The body was medium, the texture was creamy and the carbonation was lively.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 2007 33cL bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of orange peel, clove, maple syrup, and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Kinda boring, but ok.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dark brown foam with a dark chestnut color. Very Malty and Yeasty slightly cherry nose. Dry carbonated spiceness. Light Cinnamon musty middle.
Available at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Somerville, MA