smcd (366) - USA - APR 9, 2006
I did enjoy this beer. Like almost nothing I’ve ever had ... or will again, alas. Earthy, almost musty aromas, with a hint of roastiness -- or is that caramel. Smooth, grassy hop aromas are very inviting. Amberish in color. Very smooth drinking and astounding given the alcohol content. Warming, but only after one finishes and realizes, "wow, I feel that now". Very smooth with a slightly lingering, almost chocolatey finish. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Dark coppery pour. Caramel malty toffee aromas and flavors, with some hops and some notes of medium fruits. Light bitterness. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Popped the big liter and there was huge sediment down the neck... could be the CA to VA ariplane ride... poured a cloudy dark amber with big head. The initial sips were on the sweet side then it just got mellower as liter went down between two of us. nice balanced ale with hardly a hint of the abv until you are finished.... Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pretty good beer. Alcohol is well hidden, body has a nice very. Toffee, Caramel, Butterscotch were all there. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Hazy copper ruby color with a frothy light-tan head. Fresh fruity hoppiness in the aroma has some enticing sweet caramel. Body starts sweet with some gritty caramel maltiness and a nice bittering hoppy balance toward a warming, alcoholic finish. Apart from the fact that it could hide the alcohol better, a nice beer that should age well.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle courtesy of MrDick. Pours dark mahogany with tan head. Very fruity aroma, apple, and lots of tropical fruit. Flavor has all the fruit with some caramel malt and yeastiness. Kind of a wierd style, strong ale/ barley wine IMO. Scores don’t really indicate how much I enjoyed this brew, just hard to score individual categories any higher. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Pour is amber red and very deep with small tan head...smell is sweet with cocoa, earth fruits, leather...taste is caramel, cocoa, pepper...finish is sticky and cloying... bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a deep mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of mollasses, fruit, cocoa, and spices. Flavor of maple syrup, fruit, and spices. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle. Taste-sweet caramel, brown sugar, molasses, sticky syrup, light bourbon, vanilla, fig, breadry. I had the bourbon barrel version of this at the GABF, and I am pleased to say that this is almost as good. Very well done and enjoyable. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Poured a slightly hazy amber with a thin off-white head.. Fruity aroma with sweet toffee, malty. Mild notes of alcohol also present. Malty flavor with more toffee. Peppery on the finish from the alcohol.