onceblind (9679) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Clear dark ruby with a off-white head, lots of lace. Surprisingly hoppy aroma of oranges and floral grapefruit, and a little grassy herbalness, but also with a fair dark fruitiness, I assume the dates, as well as some firm toffee malt backbone goin on. Taste was smooth and fruity and bitter, with some grassy grapefruit hops and some dark sweet fruits, namely dates, as well as a bit of cherry and raisin. Bitter enough to balance, but sweet enough to be complex and malty delightfulness. Lots of toasted toffee and dark fruits. Nice! DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12oz can, canned on 10/26/11. A clear dark ruby color, and good dense khaki colored head. Great smooth texture, and light carbonation. Great lace. Kick-ass can art. Awesome fruit aroma, mixed with earthy hops. Lasts through the aftertaste, a bit. Delicious, sweet sort of wine-like taste. A fantastic beer that I hope I’ll see again some day. arminjewell (9669) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz can is dark reddish with thin but lasting slightly off white head, aroma has notes of dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugars, toffee, hints of grape, touch of alcohol but not bad. Taste is a slight alcohol burn, hints of dark fruit with the dates slightly, hints of burnt caramel, slight earth and toffee notes, touch of slight grassy notes, finishing fairly bitter but dry also. blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Draft. Pours amber orange with a thin head. Lightly sweet aroma with some light toasty notes and spices. The flavor has toffee, toast, some great flowery notes, spices, and light fruity notes. Good stuff. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Draft. Ruby beer with a dark cream colored head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and light toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and toffee lingers with light caramel.
douglas88 (9188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2012
A very cool can thanks to Craig I think. Pours a clear dark ruddy amber color with a large white head. A sweet nose of biscuit and hops, very much like an American Pale. The flavor is similar; dominated by sweet and fruity American hops, light toffee, a bit of dryness. Leafy in fact. Very tasty. drowland (8747) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2012
1/25/12. 12oz can. Basically clear amber pour with a small khaki head that fades to a ring and barely laces. Sweet aroma of brown sugar with a touch of alcohol and bitterness. Slightly sweet caramel entry with a definite minerally bitterness, a fair hint of roast, and lingering earthy hop bitterness. More time shows dark fruits and nuttiness lingering as well. Not bad. Svesse (8601) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2012
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 31 March 2012) Dark reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with red fruit, caramel and orange peel. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, toast, red fruit and spicy hops in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain malt sweetness. Very much like an English strong ale brewed by American brewers, which in fact is exactly what it is. Well balanced and nice. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2012
12oz can pours a transparent, copper brown with a thin, lacing white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, multi grain bread, some brown sugar, crackers, biscuit, grapefruit, pine, a little lime. Flavor is balanced, sweet, brown sugar, multi grain crackers, grainy, some light bitterness, oranges, some bitter greens. Full bodied, sweet finish. Decent nose, needs more hop kick in the mouth. Almost like a hoppy brown. jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - APR 15, 2012
Can split with Dallas. Pours a deep amber, mahogany body with thin creamy , off white head. Aroma is pure toffee, with some fresh pine hops in the back. Mouthfeel is pleasant, balanced, and simple, with notes of toffee, sweet caramel malts, fresh pine hops, and some spice. A very good, straight forward ale.