BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Not my favorite ESA. 2008 Bottle. Pours with a extremely large, light brown head. Extremely dark brown body. Good lacing. Aroma of roasted nuts, meat, cinnamon, spices, hay and a few persimmons. Taste is rotten fruits, a bit metallic, some spices, oatmeal, raisins, a bit of alcohol and a couple of weak hops. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 A friend brought this beer back for me from a trip out west - Thanks Pigboy! I am totally unfamiliar with this brewer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark mahogany color with a medium sized tan head. There is a strong fruity hop aroma with a light vague spiciness underneath. The flavor is rich and malty and has a strong floral hop character but there is a strong alcohol burn that really detracts from the overall beer experience. Had that alcohol burn not been so prominent I would certainly have rated this beer higher. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 12, 2004
2003 bottle. rich purpley brown colour with a small cream head. interesting mix of earthy and stonefruit flavours and a real warming quality Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with notes of dried papaya/mango and black tea. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Surprisingly good for this brewery...balanced (in both nose and mouth), flavorful, nicely textured, attractive, etc. Quite nice, although it’s certainly more American-styled than British (classified as an English Strong as of this writing). blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a deep amber-red with a small lasting frothy beige head. Aroma of spices, toasted caramel malt and light vegetal notes along with dark fruit and light sugar. Fruity flavour along with spice, a bit of alcohol, bready caramel malt, dark fruit, sugar and an average bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, I enjoyed it.
BuckeyeBoy (7665) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2006
On Tap at Full Sail Hood River. Pours out a nice brown with a great brown head. Has some hops and spice very nice. Sledutah (7530) - Utah, USA - JAN 4, 2011
12oz bottle from the state store Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 17, 2011
Appearance: Clear dark copper with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, toffee and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, bisquity with a nice hop bite in the finish
Nice beer for this cold night.
Bottle 355 mlCaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Aroma Pleasant blend of hops with hints of alcohol paired with sweet malt aromas. Top hints of light gourmet chocolate.7+
Appearance brown with amber light. Light creamy top. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Woody hop character is evident in its malty flavor base. Oily texture with drying alcohol. Felt as it was stronger than listed 7%. Quiet good.
Draught: Pours a dark copper with a thick cream-colored head. Sweet caramel malty aroma with some northwestern hops. Good sweetness throughout the body with a hint of cinnamon spice and good hoppy balance. Finishes crisp and dry. A pleasant winter seasonal. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2002 edition. Pours a reddish brown hue with a cream colored head that fades quickly. Has a sweet caramel smell with spicy hops.. A sweet caramel taste up front followed by nicely roasted grains. Medium - heavy body which leaves the flavors on the tongue for a while. Super smooth and easy drinking. nice.