dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008 vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown, off white head. Sweet malts, molassus, and alcohol dominate. Creamy and smooth. Very nice
A multi-medal winner GABF Wee Heavy winner. A perfect blend of alcohol, smoke, and malts. Yummy to the max, and easily the signature beer of the BE. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Bubblegum, alcohol, grapes, figs and raisins in the aroma. Clear copper coloured body with a low, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to ring. Honey, raisins, figs, grapes and bubblegum esters are strong with some alcohol in the vinous finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Perhaps a bit simple, but enjoyable. Sampled at GABF 2005.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Lasting off-white cover over the clear copper-brown hue. Great display of malt power hints at caramel, bread, cereals, coffee, honey etc. It becomes more scotch ale like once the peaches and figgy fruitiness join in, surprisingly late in mouth and pushing the already fatiguing sweetness even further. Spicy anise, pepper and vanilla nuances derivates the mind from the alcoholic nature for a few moments. Full body, oily and liquorous. Mellow acidity may not be the best option to bring a sense of balance, I’d prefer more earthiness or something smoky in there myself, but as a malt showdown, you are served here. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
dark brown w/ a small tan head. a dark malt smell w/ some dark fruits carml’d sugar and very weak tart. Palate is light creamy warm and well coated. Light flvr sweet carmel and brown sugar and a touch of smoke. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2005
(GABF05) Clear light-brown body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some peat. Taste is very sweet, caramel, some peach, light peat. Watery medium-full body, low carbonation, some stickiness.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Growler, served considerably warmer that they do at the bar. Poured a nice ruby color with a thin beige head. Rich aroma of honey, alcohol, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Taste is very sweet, with vanilla, and a nice roasty smokiness. Burning alcohol sensation down the throat, or maybe its just my heartburn, who knows. I could sip this all night. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Pour is deep ruby amber with a thin tan head...smell is mostly sweet maple and molasses...taste is sweet and malty with some smoke and vanilla...also quite syrupy with molasses and caramel...lots of alcohol sweetness to the quick finish... DewBrewer (294) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2005
On draught in snifter. 2003 batch aged. Reddish-brown color with small head. The aroma is malty with alcohol apparent. The flavor is sweet, woody, some vanilla, alcohol, some oxidation (in a good way), heather, earthy, vineous, silky, amd mildly hopped. It gets smoky as it warms. It has a big body with good carbonation and is smooth and creamy. Excellent beer! Thanks for holding back some kegs! HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Cloudy red with some head and creamy lacing. Sweet malt and alcohol with notes of oxidation in the nose. Smooth and silky texture. Malt, raisin, plum flavors with notes of smoke in the background. Definite alcohol warming. It gets even more complex as it warms up.
Great beer. PorterPounder (8396) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Had on tap at the B-Sides (a little offshoot of the Bitter End). Pours a dark ruby red, not much of a head. Pleasant aroma of toffee, a little bit of molasses., some roasted notes. Flavor has all of the same notes, with the toffee coming through the strongest. Some faint fruity notes appear as well. Good smoky, roasted notes round it out nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and warming. Very good.