corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a very dark ruby red color that completely opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of spoty lace left behind.
Interesting aroma with a vinous barrel presence along with some leathery malt and a weird, olive-like salt air presence. Subtle hint of oak/toothpick along with a strong vinous fruit presence with fig, raisin and grape must. There’s also some leathery malt and tobacco in there as well. Very odd yet interesting aroma.
Medium body with soft carbonation and a decent amount of oxidation. Strong vinous oak barrel presence followed by some leathery malts and herbal tea flavors. Slightly medicinal and mineral-y with an herbal, rooibos tea character. Vinous grape must and dark berries with dry oak/toothpick. A little sulfuric with some cardboard oxidation hurting the drinkability. Kind of harsh and past it’s prime at this point(probably four years old) but there’s decently complexity and the flavor profile is pretty interesting. alexsdad06 (10431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle sampled at RBSG ’10 from notes. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber/brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have citrus, red fruits, oak, barrel character, slight tart, some sweetness, interesting to try but it was somewhat overshadowed by so many beers. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2012
red-amber, thin small bubbled ring. Nose is lightly dusty, aged with hints similar to millennium and 50th anniversary, little green and oxidized without the complexity due to malt loss. Flavor equally odd, lightly metallic and acetic with old toast and plastic hints. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
750mL c&c thanks to MrChopin. The pour is a clear amber, reddish, with a medium tan head. Weak retention. Nose is super rich cinnamon, mace, lemon bitters, spiced tea with odd complexities like oolong and black tea. Taste is tart with lactic cherry, berry medley, fruity lychee and rambutan. Quite a bright beer despite it’s appearance and style listing. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by MrChopin. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is berries, fruity esters, oak, light caramel malt, biscuit malt, lightly oxidized and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, berries, oak, light hops and bitterness, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Lightly sweet and slightly oxidized nose with a touch of almond and vanilla. Taste is rather sweet, lightly bitter lots of cola and dark fruit, touch of berry. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
750ml bottle courtesy of MrChopin: pours a slightly cloudy dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasted caramel maltiness with some oxidation and light fruits. Starts with pretty good fullness and light caramel sweetness with some slight cork flavors and tart fruits before a drier sweet-tart finish. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear amber with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is red wine, cookie and caramel malt, floral hops, pears, and figs. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with faint hops; red wine undertones throughout with a dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, and medium warmth. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle shared by some kind soul at the 2010 RBSG Grand Tasting. Poured a cloudy yellow brown with a yellow brown head. Aroma had a decent amount of pine and citrus hops with some melon, strawberry and apple notes coming out. Flavor was similar with apple and melon with the hops building towards the finish, really enjoyed this one. Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of big citrusy hops, strawberries and other fruity notes. The taste is tart fruity notes, cherries, berries, citrus hops. Medium bodied. Nice.