wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Pours a dark amber with a reasonable light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and raisins. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dark dried fruit, molasses, caramel and an assertive hop bitterness. Some citrusy notes as well. Robust and flavorful, but a bit too hoppy for this aging hophead. Well balanced. ACHops (1693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
On tap @ Super Deli Mart. Pours dark chestnut with a thin lacey head. Light spice and cloves on the nose. Chewy malt flavor with oak, spice, and punchy hops. This would be a cool one to age a couple years. How does that work with cans? I think this is my first date beer. Love both of these breweries, so my expectations are pretty high I guess. The marketing and packaging are cool with this one too, even by 21st standards. 60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Mahogany pour with light tan head. Aroma of spices, dates, figs and burnt malt. Taste is roughly the same with the addition of honey. Frothy and carbonated...almost overly so. Still delicious. MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Poured from 12 ounce can.
A red-orange brown that's dark enough to be more translucent than clear. The pour produces a massive tan head that settles fairly quickly to leave a thin film and mass tons of beautiful lacing.
Aroma of Brown sugar, dark fruits, dates, caramel, pine and a little citrus.
Sweet taste with dark fruits, dates, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, pine and light citrus. Finishes with resinous pine hops.
Medium/full body and soft carbonation with a delightfully smooth mouthfeel.
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Can thanks to bhensonb. Poured dark amber with an off white head. Aroma and flavor were dark fruits, grain, and caramel. Body was medium with frothy carbonation.
CincyBeercat (17) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Beautiful garnet pour with a khaki, fluffy head that fades, leaving a thin layer and minimal lacing.
Aroma of malt and dark fruit, maybe cherry with a hint of hops.
Taste is very well balanced. Starts with a slight sweetness and then the earthy malt kicks in before fading to a nice, mild bitterness.
Overall, I really like this beer. It’s not as bitter as the IPA and IIPAs that I normally drink, but I think that’s a good thing as I try to expand my horizons. The balance really hides the substantial ABV, which could be dangerous! :) rruhl1981 (25) - medina, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Can poured into snifter, rich dark chocolatey brown nice thick head even on soft pour, aroma is malty and sweet, flavor is chocolatey and richly sweet... To bad that this is a special edition Reid (2676) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2012
12 oz can from "Lifesource" Salem.
Fine looking dark amber with red highlights body and a great looking eggshell white thick and creamy head.
Great wafts of malt driven pleasure assault the nose nutty,caramel,earthy,dark fruit( dates?)..great
Taste is much the same as the aroma with the addition of nice spicy hopping..but that does not dominate just balances.Dark bitter fruit finish
Nice mouthfeel with a note of alcohol.
Great beer..nice for the colder days..hope i have some for next winter bpreo (3011) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2012
Two powerful Breweries (one from California, the other from Oregon) join forces to brew a super beer. It’s really cool, and it shows that the future of brewing is very bright.
It is brewed with Dates, an old fruit from palm trees originating in the Middle East, which tells me this could be what beer tasted like a long time ago. Image a beer drinker from Sumeria in 3,000 BC who was tired of the same old Barley beer. He took a few dates and squeezed the juice into his beer. Most likely his wife liked it better than he did. dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
I picked this up because I have enjoyed "old" ales in the past and was intrigued to find another example. I don’t know about the dates that the label mentions, but the look is beautiful (deep amber), and the taste is pretty delicious. I think there is tremendous balance in this beer. It starts with mostly the malt then finishes with just the right amount of hop bite. I would definitely look out for this beer to purchase again.