bigtaster (1004) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a dark brown with large light brown head. Nose is molasses, dough, earthy coffee. Medium body, slight sweetness to start with flavors of molasses, toffee, burnt malt gives slight hint of bitterness. Creamy and slightly oily with long finish. Decent beer, fairly balanced. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
The only ABC beer I've had with suspended yeast and some sedimentary heftiness. Ultimately a bit too sweet for style, I think, in all aromatic and flavor aspects. Should be more deeply musty, leathery and with a bit thinner palate, and smokier. Quite fruity - the menu description say "chocolate covered cherries" and indeed they've accomplished some of that - English strong-ish, but not complex or sharp. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
The pour reveals a clear amber color with a ring of white lace. Aroma and flavor of hops, fruits and alcohol. The palate is light and liquorous and the carbonation is moderate. It’s not bad but somehow it failed to captivate me. BigBeer45 (1554) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2010
has a ruby and brown pour with darker brown hues at the edges, there is a little haze in the pour to, made a quick off-white head that collapses to a ring and a bubbled island in the center, there are lots of chunky particles in the glass,
this beer has aromas of nut, toasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar and molasses sweetness with faint dark fruit,
and flavors of toasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar sweetness with faint chocolate, pretty similar to the aromas,
also, this has some pepper like bitterness on the palate, and it appears to have a slight off-ness on the palate, maybe a slight off-ness in taste?,
mouth feel is more than medium, gave some dryness on the palate, there is no alcohol warmth on the palate but you know the 8.5% is there,
seems to be an ok beer, nothing really stands out in this beer, the alcohol or hop bitterness or combination of both seem to get in the way of fully enjoying this drink, the bitterness is off or just not right, everything is ok except for the finish.
Strykzone (7489) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. A red brown pour with a small head. A malty flavor with nice fruit. Nothing fancy but a nice beer.
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
On tap at brewery. Deep red pour. Didn’t get the advertised "chocolate covered cherry," but did get elements of tart booze as it warmed. phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2016
12 oz. bottle from DrSilverworm - thanks, Chris! Pours a mahogany color, not quite opaque, with a small khaki ring that settles into a thin ring. Notes of toasted and chocolate malts, tobacco, earth, dark dried fruits, and a hint of mellow roast. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a smooth, earthy, malty mouthfeel. Best I’ve had from them. justkoehn (165) - Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Heavy lacing with little head. Dark brown color. Nutty aroma. Little hops. Caramel malty taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2005
sweet caramelly/hoppy aroma, dark red with no head, medicinal hoppiness, very earthy and mossy with lingering sticky bitterness 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark purple. Medium sweet plum and Chianti with cherry flavored malts up front turning more towards some bitter but fresh resinous, oily hops. Sweet but decently balanced. Only complaint would be that it doesn’t stand out, and it’s not decadent enough to stand on it’s own as a mellow, soft old ale.