CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to AirForceHops: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a rich toasted dark caramel nose with some earthy hoppiness and a hint of black cherries. Starts with pretty good fullness and chewy toasted caramel malts with an herbal grassy hop bitterness and a touch of peat and light oxidation before a drier, muddled slightly astringent bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style, just not as clean tasting as I’d prefer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Dan Journal #446. Tasted 2/26/11. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a dark amber maple hue. Bubbled and trace ring of bonewhite head. Aromas of rye toast and citrus fruit. Medium to full bodied with a sweet palate. A nice off setting bitterness to compliment the sweet. Subtle sweet malts with a lot of dark toast and bitter resinous hops. Decent.
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with red tints, beige head that left good thick lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, roasted malt, and citrus. Flavor is very sweet, with molasses, dark fruit and a bit of nuttiness. A hint of hops in the finish. A nice smooth mouthfeel, although a bit watery.The 9 % ABV is hidden well, Thank you AirForceHops. It was a nice afternoon treat.
Jow (3377) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lucky Dog tavern in Plymouth, NH. Pours a standard copper color. tatse is of caramel, raisin, earth, and some malt. slightly watery I thought it was standard amber ale no idea it was 9%. Good thing I only had one sine I woke up at 4:30am the next morning to hike Mount washington in February
johnnnniee (3735) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with nice ruby/orange highlights. Stingy off white head dissipates quickly. Smells of toffee almost butterscotch.Some spices and alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is grainy malty toffee, blended with some holiday spices. Lingering nutmeg and alcohol in the finish. Very dry finish. Body is medium mouthfeel is sticky carbonation is crisp. Taste is a bit sweet and the alcohol a bit to present. Overall not a bad brew, just not remarkable either.
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A deep copper amber ale with a thick moka head. In aroma, butterscotch, oily and cloying. In mouth, a sweet nutty and musty malt with light nutmeg, vanilla, oily, cloying. On tap at Sunset Grill, Jan. 16 2011.
AirForceHops (6073) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with red tints, beige head that left good thick lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, roasted malt, and citrus. Flavor is very sweet, with molasses, dark fruit and a bit of nuttiness. A hint of hops in the finish. A nice smooth mouthfeel, although a bit watery.The 9 % ABV is hidden well, however I let this one age a bit in my cellar. If you like English strong Ale, you should this one. he key is to let it age. I will buy again next winter.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep dark purple red clear with slight amount of foamy tannish head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with lots of nuttiness and dark fruits. Flavor reminds me of a dark cherry slurpee. Dark cherry sweetness dominates with lots of buttery caramel flavor. Bit of a boozy medicinal edge. Overall, just so so.
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown into a snifter. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Butterscotch aromas. Sweet butterscotch upfront turning sour in the lasting bready finish.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 this was much better on cask at the brewery. from the bottle it is just ok. update... three months of aging improved this quite a bit. this is a beer that needs a little time for the sweet flavors to catch up to the hops