sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2008
#1300. Perfect gift from Keir. Relatively clear with a deep dark ruby highlight surrounding a dense dark brown core. Spiraling off-white head. Sweet molassis nose. Touch grapey berry note. Mild cooca. Full bodied with a rather substantial burn. Raisins and other assorted dried fruits. Bitter acidity with a mix of coffee and tingling ,yet muted effervescence. Estery and a vivid cherry note. Big and bad, and might need a little age. But this is a rock ready to go. Sticky alcohol malts, fruity yeasty middle and a spicy hoppy finish. This is delicious, and will only get better. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Dark amber red color with a beige head. The head receded to a ring leaving a little bit of lacing. Very malty and sweet aromas, not a typical American hopped up version. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, caramel, brown sugar, and a little bit of hops. Sweet caramel flavors, with some citrus hops, brown sugar, figs, and biscuit. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Thanks to pepsican for the sample. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Thanks going to goryshkewych and BeerLando who both sent a bomber my way. Vintage 2007. Mostly clear ruby/mahogany color with a smallish head. Looks opaque until you hold the glass up to a backlight. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee and raisins with some earthy hops. Heavy and sweet; like a raisin pie. BeerandBlues2 (13213) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
22-oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, bread, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of dates, alcohol, and cola. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a spicy-bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; ends with a spicy alcohol bite. jrob21 (3663) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Deep opaque purple almost black. Big port wine and plum flavors with a full bodied and sweet finish. Finally got a chance to try this one and am really glad I did. This is one of the smoothest, most well rounded and balanced bw I think I’ve ever had. Complexity was a little lacking but as far as straight bw’s go, this one was it. Anybody want to send me anymore?
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. Aroma is aged malts, caramel, crystal malts, and prune. Flavor is malty, prune, caramel, some hops, and alcohol. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Bottle. Winner of 07 BW festival, had to try. Pour red brown. Flavor is dark fruit, plum rasin but in low quantily, flavor is dominated by bittering hops. Makes me wonder if Arctic devil was entered. Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
Thank you After4ever/Tom for this one! It’s a vintage 2007. The color is mahogany red and the head is huge, nice and creamy. The aroma has sweetness, notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, hops and light citrus. The flavour has sweetness, citrus hops, oranges, raisin, dark fruit, burnt sugar and the finish has light citrus. It’s nice, but there are even better ones out there... jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 07–22oz bottle @Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a dissipating off white head and mahogany color. Aroma is sweet dark fruit-plum/dark cherry. Taste is sweet dark fruit-plum/dark cherry, bitter, alcohol. Occasional. Thanks for sharing Beerlando. 3.0
090623-Alaskan 08 BW @Tampa Weekly Gathering-Thanks markwise–22oz bottle–pours a light tan ring for a head and dark copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-sweet, hops. Taste is medium/dark malt-sweet, hops-bite, alcohol. 3.6 KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared with kleyland. Pours a dark leather color. Thin, off-white head. Aroma of piney hops and dark fruit. Toffee notes in the flavor, along with plums warming alcohol, and caramel malt. Bitter finish.