polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle shared by Chris from Dark Horse, thanks man!! Aroma is just fantastic! Notes of dark dried fruits, tobacco, black licorice, soy and some incredible port tones. This bottle has aged very well. Very dark ruby brown hue with an off-white head. Flavor is heavy sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Palate is big and very full bodied and oily with a soft carbonation. Overall an epic brew that I couldn’t get enough of. Then I go online and see these weak ass ratings, wtf? The beer must have aged well or been a better batch because what I tasted and rated was an epic Barely Wine with a slight sour character. I’ll stand by this rating, to hell with the haters. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Dark mahogany, no head / Lightly sour nose of chocolate and dark fruit / Medium to full body, low carbonation, some but not dramatic tartness and sweet, good balance with a hint of bitterness on the finish / Complex flavors of chocolate, oak, plum, fig, soy sauce, sherry, and tobacco / A certain clumsiness to it, but I enjoyed it until the last drop.dough. If they ever perfect the body, and unfortunately I have never tried regular Off The Scale, this would be stellar. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
bottled, thanks to mikem409, murky muddy brown color, delightful flavors of malted milk balls, soy sauce, chocolates, balsamic vinegar, lasting sweet and sour finish Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle. Murky orange-brown body, no head. Deep, delectable nose of brandy, brown sugar, caramel, and green apple. Sweet body with brown sugar and caramel, tart and somewhat oxidized. Rich. I can’t imagine this beer would receive poor ratings if every bottle was like this one. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle... Poured deep brown with a hint of amber/head with no head. A bit flat. Nose had vinous oak, dark cherries, vinegar, and chard grains. Similar notes came through in the flavor. Some acidity and mild tartness. Toasted grains and dark cherry flavors were prominent. Some oxidized notes, but that worked ok here. I actually enjoyed this along with my couple buddies I shared it with. I was expecting a total drain pour but instead this wasn’t too bad to sip on.
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle #841 of 1440, batch#1826 purchased at DH general store the weekend after the Winter Warmer release party. Pours a very dark reddish brown. Big bourbon aroma. No head as expected. Sweet flavor of cherries and other dark fruits. Maybe a little chocolate to add to the smoothness. I’m not a sour fan and wasn’t really expecting to love this, but I didn’t pick up any sourness. Mine was sweet, big, and rich. Must be some story behind this. My bottle was fantastic, but the reviews are all over the board. Assuming that there wasn’t great consistency. Some of those who rated this low definitely didn’t drink the same thing that I did. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this. Bottle 316 from batch 1826. Deep red with a tan head. The aroma has some oak, molasses and dark fruit notes. The flavor is similar with a lot of oak, maple and vanilla, as well as some alcohol and molasses. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle... Hazy brown pour with no head. The bouquet is a tangy, vinous marriag of dried plum and tawny port. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeeel and restrained carbonation. Mirroring the nose, the flavor is super vinous and tangy with loads of dried plum and tawny port. Lightly tart, mildly pungent, prune finish. bottle courtesy of ctipping! Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Courtesy of Tim
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and a very faint hint of vinegar. It pours a dark orangish-brown with a hint of transparency and almost no head with the exception of a few stray bubbles. The flavor starts with moderate toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. The finish has light maple syrup, faint vinegar, and barely a hint of tart lemon. It’s medium-full bodied with minimal carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the sourness is minimal...and that’s probably a good thing.