beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
From the bottle pours dark amber with a small beige head. I really didn’t care for this all that much, big malt depth, but metallic, and a lot of excess alcohol. I get caramel and cereal notes from the malts, grainy dry and a touch fruity. The alcohol heat just blows most everything else away, over the top and rough. If you enjoy hammering nails into your nose this might be the beer for you. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours copper in color with brown head. Aroma sweet, malty and caranel. Taste roasted malt and caramel with dry and bitter finish. SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 28, 2009
clear amber with a small head. aroma of caramel. flavors of rich caramel and some fruit. slight hint of alcohol. an average beer from the usually excellent coney island series. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bomber into Dimpled mug. Pours a deep red with a light head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, mild fruitiness. Flavor is slightly thin, a bit metallic. Mostly sweet with a bit of rye, some light and dried fruit. Mouthfeel is too thin for the style. A bit of alcohol in the finish, but otherwise no lingering flavors. Decent albeit pedestrian. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Appearance: Very clear, bright mahogany-hued body with a smallish, off-white head.
Smell: Distinct scent of melted Brach’s caramel squares amongst the toasted malts and meager wafts of fruit and alcohol.
Taste: Toasted malts smothered in plenty of sweet, toothsome caramel. Minor, zesty rye grain hint. Splash of DeKuyper Buttershots. Light golden raisin and apple stem fruitiness. Spicy, earthy hops with a gentle, though steadfast bitterness. Finishes warming and surprisingly dry, considering how sweet it was upfront.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Decidedly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: CIHB is brash and straight-forward with its delivery of sweetness, its plump mouthfeel, and overall alcohol, especially when compared to its traditional German counterparts, though I still found it to be enjoyable.
Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Draught, Brother Tucker’sRSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bright red, slight haze. Light, thin foam. Fresh, fruity (peach) aroma with light caramel. Sweet front, fairly boozy middle with lots of peach, and some plum/pear esters. The finish is very rich, cut only by alcohol.
Color is a bright amber with very good carbonation and a nice tight head. Aroma is sweet, a bit roasted with alcohol tones in the back. Taste is rich, sweet and smooth. Starting with a bold medium body it goes down smooth with a rich feel. Finish comes in sweet with a raisin like flavor, a hint of vanilla, some hops and just a faint bitterness. After taste has a big alcohol feel as all the rich flavors slowly fade. After the first few sips, as you sit back you get a warming feeling deep inside. Overall I love it, great brew, its rich and flavorful yet very drinkable and the 10% ABV keeps you happy. Ratman197 (15360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish amber with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of burnt carmel, dark fruit, toffee and light brown sugar. Palate was medium to full bodied with a lightly syrupy finish. Flavors of burnt carmel, brown sugar and dark fruit with a smooth lingering sweet malty finish. bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
draft at Ravenous Pig. This is kinda like cough medicine. Very thick. Bitter fruit tastes. Very bready taste, along with sweet maltiness. Didn’t like this one too much. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Draught @ Brother Tuckers. Deep garnet red with lots of lacing. Mild aromas include cherries. Also earthy with some woodiness. Soft low carbonation. Fruitiness integrates really well with the rich malts. Billed as a hoppy barleywine at the time, which is more what it’s like, not like a DB. It’s simple, smooth and I like it.