jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
On tap at Memphis. I had this one when I first went to Boscos and was less than impressed. Recipe change or something has really happened. A deep brown ale with a tan head that reminds me so much of the best Fuller’s 1845 I ever had. Big hop aroma, with a bit of smoke, and an obvious load of caramel which translates into a big chewy beer. The alcohol is well integrated, and it is too easy to love and too hard to stop at one. SpringsLicker (3660) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Intended for release on April Fool's Day, the brewmaster Fred Scheer says it will make a fool out of you. Indeed it goes down easy and hides it's alcohol well. A nice strong ale. KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Draft-Memphis. Sweet Hops fill the nose and balance well with a malty, viscous brew. This was surprizingly refreshing for a beer of this gravity. THANK YOU HOPS! arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2005
On tap, Nashville location. I’m guessing it’s because I’ve been out of the game for a while, but this tasted like sweet sweet nectar to me (sweet being an unspecific superlative and not solely an indication of taste). Very well balanced malt and hop profiles. The malts were sugary (brown sugar especially) and lended a grainy texture to the palate, but I wouldn’t say the beer was "sweet" in an artificial way, since the sweetness was leavened by the good medium-to-full body and a soft-but-stiff hop bitterness that was like amped-up noble hops with a bit of Cascade for complexity and acidity. The hops and malts combined to put a fruitiness (warm apple, maybe plums, both devoid of any "tang") underneath the carbonation and aforementioned flavors; I would say it was more than a "hint," and blended well with the overall melange of tastes. Finish wasn’t that great; the fruitiness and grainy sugariness lingered, but not for long, and didn’t add anything to the experience. I couldn’t get much aroma from the pint glass, but what I did smell was kind of a toasty malt and a hint of the fruitiness, although both were vague. Transluscent ruby brown in the glass with darker blackish accents, grayish beige head was thin and oily, but left a bit of tracing on the side and had average "racing." I’m guessing this is up around 9%, because after three I was feeling it; the alcohol was completely masked in the mouth, however. One of the better Bosco’s beers I’ve had in a while. SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Very good beer but their were flavors flying at you from all directions. The balance of malts and hops enlivened this beer as well.
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Draft. Thick soapy head. Very dark brown color but great clarity. Heavy aroma of malt and spices. Heavy malt flavor with notes of coffee and slight alcohol warming. A pleasant yet heavy strong ale. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Tap. Ruby hued brown body with a thin gray brown head. Sweet brown sugar and plum nose with a bit of used up charcoal. A surprising balance of bitter to sweet here that I like. Herbal grass and a light citrus illuminate the caramel flavor. A nice English buttery flavor with the moist raisin taste. Chalky finish with a grape taste. A light chocolate permeates all aspects of this. A bit of chocolate orange here. An easy sipper
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decaturstevo (6339) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2011
Copper pour with creamy off white head and lace. Earthy hops aroma. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and a medium earthy bitter. Caramelly from start to finsih. A tad thin with good carbonation. musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Pours clear brown from bottle conditioned bottle with one finger head leaving little lacing. Boozy and caramel up front with a little burn in the throat. Very carbonated that brings complex flavors to the palate. Some sour and bitterness balances the initial sweetness. Some funk with dark fruit . Long bitter finish. This is intense and perhaps too complex for my palate. Aurelius (5425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2007
This is fundamentally an attempt at a 5% ABV barleywine. PA aroma, someplace between England and America, suggests an upstate NY hopping combo. Darkish brown-red, small spongy camel-colored head. Sweet, citrusy, woody, lightly astringent. Medium heavy body, wood-bitter finish with light sulphur. Very light diacetyl. Solid.