TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle courtesy of BrewDad! 2006 Vintage. Pours a deep copper with a slight haze about it. Sturdy tan foam on the surface. Nose is spicy, fruity, hoppy, floral, and has hints of toffee. Taste brings out sweet malts, fruit cake, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), spicy hops, caramel, and chewy malts. Maybe even some pine notes to this. The body wants to be chewy but comes across a thinner. Creamy carbonation and a lingering spicy and hoppy bitterness. Finishes with more spicy hops, spices, caramel, light toffee and light citrus. brianprentiss (702) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Another superb offering from Deschutes; I love these guys. Tastes less like a Fuller’s than most ESA’s, perhaps because of the Oregon water? It’s really gud! BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 15, 2006
12oz Bottle Pours out a dark amber topped with a small tan head. A hint of sweat caramel on the nose. Also picked up some hops on this one that was pretty nice. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark coppery amber with a persistent and lacy tan head. The caramel in the aroma is apparent at arms length, along with the citrus hops and a bit of alcohol at closer range. Medium body and carbonation. More caramel and citrus in the taste, with a resinous finish. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
12oz - BB 01/12/05 - thanks Dukefan - Mild aroma of carmel, chocolate, dark fruit, fig, and a touch of spice. Pours muddy brown with no head or lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is barely there. I think this one is past it’s prime. Thin and not as flavorful as the aroma. Makes me want a freshy.
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown, with a medium frothy head. Aroma is nutty and malty, and slightly metallic. Flavor is of banana Laffy Taffy, caramel, ending in a nice piney bitter finish. Body is nice and filling. This a pretty good brew, and makes a nice winter warmer. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2009 Pours a deep garnet with clarity; wonderful head, moderately full, mostly lasting, creamy/pillowy, light tan, and some nice, soapy lacing. Nose is toffee, toasty almonds, hints of chocolate, and some pine hops and light roast notes in the back; rather pleasant. Flavor does not match the nose; toffee and almonds with some light dried fruit notes with plenty of piney/earthy hops and a medium-high bitterness. The bitterness lingers through the finish with the pine and leaves a long tingling on the tongue. Palate is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a creamy, dryish feel. Good winter warmer, but could improve with some aging. The malt richness is lacking a bit leading the hops to dominate more than I would like. Nothing spectacular, but well done beer for the cold months in Colorado. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2006
12-oz, ’06. Pours a deep ruddy brown with a swirl of tannish head that falls to film pretty much by the time you walk to wherever you’re going to sit and drink the thing. Nice toasty malt on the nose--this carries through to the palate in a big way. Medium body, low-medium carb. On the palate, there’s that toasty malt again, maybe a little very subdued toffeeishness. Mostly just crisp roasty flavors, though. Enormously appealing. The finish hookslides into a big bubble of earth and herbal bitterness. I dig what unclemattie’s saying about tobacco, but that wouldn’t have been the first word I’d’ve used to describe it. This is a really fine effort, and I honestly can’t remember past vintages well enough to know if this one’s different. Regardless, cheers to Deschutes for another solid achievement. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Gift from asteele8. 2006 Vinage. Dark reddish-brown in color. Impressive almond colored head. Aroma of malts, nuts, caramel, some pine. Very smooth texture and a balanced palate. Very sweet. Light flavors of choclate, tobacco. Great ale to just sit back and enjoy a sweet maduro cigar with. ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Dark amber. Aroma is flowery and spicy hops with caramel and hints of chocolate and darker fruits. Unlike most of their other ’English’ beers, this one felt much more English... but not 100% genuine either.