JPDIPSO (6325) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 30, 2017 elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber color, almost reminiscent of dark honey--just beautiful. Thin off-white head that persists for some time. Aroma is quite restrained, smelling mostly of a non-specific fruity sweetness. Taste, however, is a different matter. An upfront sweetness of dried fruit (though, again, it’s not specifically dates) gives way to a piney hop flavor. The real kick, however, the overpowering of flavor of alcohol--so strong, you’d swear you were drinking vapor--that comes in midway and persists into the aftertaste. For a while, I was wondering where the malts were, but as the beer warmed, some general breadiness became discernible. Mouthfeel is watery, with a lively carbonation. In sum, this beer’s an interesting twist on English ale. There’s a complexity that can’t be denied, and despite all of the different flavor profiles, it somehow works.
Brown color with a hint of dark cherry when held to the light. Moderate sized beige head and a few islands of lace. Fruity hops aromas blending with a strong caramel and toasted malt presence. Lightly sweet with a mild fruitiness. Very soft and smooth on the tongue. Finish is rather dry and linger is very dry with a toasted malt and rye bite. 4/12
wlajwl (7424) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2017
Aroma and flavor is a mix of caramel and medium citrus/pine with a slightly spicy/warming alcohol finish. hayduke (5762) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Pours dark copper with a creamy light tan head. Nose dark fruit Full body. Rich and very resinous mouth feel. Flavor is rich malts, dark ripe fruit and some pine. A lot of pine in the finish. Great. hopdog (13606) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2015
12oz can. Poured a dark amber bordering a brownish color with an off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and a lighter spice. Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Great packaging on this special edition from 21st Amendment. Pours brown with some red highlights and a huge foamy head. Aroma is spicy and mildly caramel and some slight citrus. Tastes of subtle caramel sweetness with spice, but I couldn’t find the dates. Drying mouthfeel. Spicy hops. Not as complex as I was anticipating. Bitterness of 52 IBU is well hidden in the balance but it finally finds its way through in the finish.
slowrunner77 (13912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"No idea what "style" I was partaking in while drinking this, but I dug it. Floral and hoppy, but that’s just one part of what was going on. Ample malt As well...caramel, nutty and fruity with a good dose of dates and a bittersweet finish. Nicely done."
Beerdedone (3524) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Can. Pours brown with a nice one finger beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, raisins and dates. Flavor of caramel, toffee, dates, citrus, dark fruit and pine. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - MAY 19, 2014
From BA review from 2-14-12 -
Served in 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep red nearly brown color with a nice billowy off white head. The head faded slowly giving a nice bit of lacing.
Smell – The smell is a nice mix of dried fruit and hoppiness. The hops, which really are most prevalent upfront in the nose, are mainly pine in nature with some earthy and floral hop aromas. The fruit, largely composed of cherry, raisin and prune, then comes more toward the middle and end of the aroma. It’s a nice balance between sweet and hoppy.
Taste – A bit of hoppiness is the first thing to be detected. A bit more subtle then the nose would suggest, with pine and an ever so light citrus. A sweeter flavors mixed with a roasted malty flavor enter toward the middle of the taste; with the sweet a mix of dark dried fruits. While the hops that are present initially begin to fade the dried fruit flavor comes in making up for their loss. A nice transition.
Mouthfeel – A nice thicker feel to the body, which coats the mouth while drinking. The thickness seems to make it more bock or stout like. The only problem is a little bit of an over-carbonation for the thickness of the body. The body is soothing while the carbonation is more invigorating. The two competing with each other leaves something to be desired in the mouthfeel.
Overall - It is an interesting beer. Moderately hoppy with some nice fruit flavors. The only real complaint is a lack of complementation in the mouthfeel, but otherwise however it is quite a good brew. Eberndt (235) - - FEB 17, 2014
Deep dark pour. Malty flavor and a little bitter. The date flavor was better than expected. Bacterial (3118) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Can from 2011 that had been MIA in the back of my fridge. Aged in the cold quite well, hops calmed down from what I remember. Dark amber slightly hazy pour with a thin tan head. Malty, bitter and hints of dark fruit in the taste. Pretty good!