k0mpsa (3160) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2018 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 12/28/09. Consumed 4/3/10. [A] Don’t think I’ve ever given a ’10’ in aroma. Not even BB Expo/Double Cream. This is worthy. Very pleasant rosy, woody smell. Better than oak. Caramel, vanilla, licorice, banana, chocolate, coffee, malty brown, spirity aroma. [A] Slick looking pour, sitting very black in glass, completely opaque, with a tan/brown head. Impressive for a brown/strong ale. More of a stout look. [F] Sawdust. Licorice most noticeable. Followed by caramel. Coffee, and roast malts. Wood. And bourbony vanilla here. Touch of smoke. Lovely. [P] 12% ABV is not overly apparent under everything else. May be quite hot on booze to alot of people. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Medium-heavy. Milky. Bitter on end, with a dry woodiness, and spirit. [O] This is a huge brew. Quite a treat. Just as great as I remembered it. Highly recommended.
Bottle. Dark brown color, tanned head. Aroma has some oak, some coffee, smooth raisins. Smooth and round taste, oak, plums, hint of bread. Very nice. JBell14 (170) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2017
Bottled 1/17/17 opened 12/20/17. Pours very dark almost black with mining head. Fruity aroma, others have described as raisins. Get a little cherry flavor with some chocolate notes. Light body. Nor as boozy as I thought for 12%
John L - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone balloonbuffoon (747) - - DEC 16, 2017
12floz bottle, no date, lost record of four-pack purchase, large stem snifter glass. Appears an opaque dark brown with brown head. The raisin aroma is found as flavor battling the molasses tide. Full, heavy, sippin' beer. Kind of a lot to take in. ALIBALI (2694) - Kiel, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2017
Hart am WoodLimit, mal wieder. Feinster SüßholzFlair, boozy LakritzAttacks und der immer präsente Imperial-Stout-Röstwahn lassen Strong Ale Fans taumeln. Kantig dry und von extrem schnittiger Statur. Kein Softy, mehr so der Magenbitter unter den Imperial Brownies. 355ml US-Bottle from Scottie. Thannnxxx!!! 💋 Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 7, 2017
From Aug 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
A near pitch black pour with the slightest of brownish hues, I got a +1 finger head of tan foam. Excellent head retention and lots of lacing.
I get a lot of wood in the nose along with some fruit. licorice, chocolate, and some caramel malt.
The taste is a malt lover's dream. Malty sweetness with some roastiness..it kind of has that Milk Stout malty flavour. Yum. Plenty of chocolate and some coffee and the woodiness adds a nice dimension without being over powering, and I get some dark fruit flavour and licorice as well.
Mouthfeel borders on thick, carbonation is lightish, and it finishes with a nice fruity flavour that brings just the slightest amount of tartness with it. Man, and the alcohol is *very* well hidden; sure there's *some* warming after the swallow but it's minimal for such a big beer.
Bottom line: I really like this American Brown Ale as it has all sorts of good flavours going on and it's a wonderful sipper. Highly recommended!
mrjaxson (630) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2017
On the enormous side of the ale spectrum. Plums, raisins, chocolate, bourbon in the aroma. Fabulously sweet taste with the oak kicking in for a smoothly dry finish--though less so on the dryness as the beverage warms. Very, very good bottle with a nicely redesigned label. Drperky76 (38) - - OCT 29, 2017
I remember a time when I didn’t even look at the alcohol content of the beers I tried. Good thing I do now.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Vivek78 (12) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2017
Malty chocolate smell, superbly dark for a red. Woody taste comes on strong then slowly dissipates, after which the high alcohol content is quite apparent. Creamy with stout-like head. A serious beer, not for relaxing times.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bacchus66 (999) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2017
12oz bottle at home. Dark brown/black with a small tan head, some lacing. Caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, muted hops, dark cherry fruit. Full-bodied, holds the alcohol very well. Wood comes through on the long smooth finish, really nice. Found this at a grocery store in Moncks Corner, the next one gets a cigar. beern (237) - Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2017
Pours jet black and opaque with a nice dark, tan, 2-finger head with an aroma of wood and malt. Tastes of malt and slightly sweet cocoa with a slightly bitter wood and booze finish with a hint of nuts. It's medium to full bodied, drinkable and thinner than expected with minimal carbonation. The long finish reminds me of a dry, wood cabernet. It's unique and warming.