Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is delicious, very mysterious. Berries, chocolate, maple, brown sugar, fruity alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden in this 11% beer. Very nice. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle packaged date 11/23/11 forgot who sent this my way but thanks! Pour has a cola brown color and a thin layer of off white head that fell right away. Aroma has dark malt, licorice, peppery spice, chocolate, menthol, and dark fruit. Mouth feel is medium and there is good carbonation. Flavor has some roasted malt, chocolate, peppery spice, medium light bitterness, dark brown sugar, and dark fruits. There is a lot of strong spicing flavors that just make it so hard to isolate them combined with the hops and thick roasted malt make for something very bold but without direction. DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2011 Eccentric Ale. Taste the spices and chocolate. Touch of honey. Lots of Malt. Reddish dark with minimal head. Oily yet light. Very strong. Tastes awesome. Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
2011 version, with persimmons. Thick mouthfeel of black thick looking rich liquid with some white head. Chocolate and spice aroma. Taste is deep chocolate, spicy all the way through, and an edgy bitter American Strong finish. Good drinkability despite high unnoticed abv.
Thanks for hooking me up, Chris. ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
(2010 bottle) Pours a dark root beer color with a small quickly dissipating head. Smalls of booze, age, and malts and not much else. First sip is chocolate, spice - pine, licorice and then deep bitterness. A nice earthiness comes through thanks to the maple syrup. Quite a unique taste that to me works nicely. Carbonation is spot on making for a great creamy mouthfeel. A very nice brew indeed.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
on tap at the brewery. 2008 vintage. Dark brown, no head. Smells like port, prunes, spices. The taste is very sweet. Think dessert wine. The alcohol is non existent. This would be a good after dinner sipper. mcberko (17837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours near-black with an amber tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is fairly exotically spiced, with mystery spices, some caramel malt and lots of syrup, maybe a bit of molasses too. Flavour is deep and rich, with loads of the various syrup coming through, and lots of the spices coming through which are surprisingly really well incorporated. Finishes lightly spicy and maple syrupy, cloys quite a bit. I’m usually not at all a fan of spiced beers, but this works fairly well as a spicy, big heavy black beer of some kind. Quite enjoyable. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
(12oz bottle) cloudy brown, tan bubbles. Nose is rich, light metallic, caramel, honey, raisins. Taste of yams, caramel, rich and sweet, brown sugar, may e too sweet but I like the diabetes effect. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottled 2008 / released 2009
Bottle graciously gifted by afdempse right after it was released. I pulled this out of the cellar to share with Mike and Mike the other day.
The beer is dark brown with amber highlights. The head is thin, leaving only sparse lacing.
The nose offers heavy spices, most notably juniper berries, as well as both a heavy hop and malt presence.
The flavor brings floral, pine, resin, earth, juniper berries, sweet alcohol, malt, and various other spices. Wow, this is a complex brew.
The body is light to medium, with moderately low carbonation.
Overall, a fun and interesting brew. It’s certainly worth a try. Ideal to split a few ways, as a few ounces was plenty.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-30-2011 fiveacestx (970) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle received in trade from rayl101 (thanks Kev). Pours dark (almost solid black) and had a light brown head that settled with a tan color to it. Had a smoke taste it with a malty body. Finishes with a creamy mouthfeel and the 11% ABV definitely stands out.