greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2008
Beautiful amber pour. White, sustaining head. Toasty, rye bread aroma. Balanced, with very subtle hints of raspberry. A long, sweet malty finish. Very good - better than a 78 percentile rating. Now I just need a cellar to age it and see how complex those live yeast can make it over time! Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2008
Pours copper red with a white head. Smells vegetal with some sugary hints. Tastes spicy with a tarte finish. Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 21, 2008
Brown-red colour, white head. Alcohol present in aroma, along with some maltiness and fruits. Flavour is malty and fruity. Warma finish. Don’t know exactly what to think about it. Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
Bière ambrée aux reflets rouges, claire et limpide. Donne une belle mousse couleur crème très abondante et qui ce renouvelle. Superbe apparence. Le parfum est riche en sucre, en alcool avec de bonnes notes maltées et de caramel. Sent un peu le scotch ou le whisky. Le goût est sucré avec un alcool très présent, liquoreux. On dirait presque que la bière est fortifiée, du moins elle goûte vraiment le spiritueux. Elle laisse une bonne sensation de chaleur. La bouche est ronde et crémeuse, bien pétillante. C’est une bière lourde avec une présentation légère, un intéressant mariage. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
11.2oz bottle. pours hazy copper with huge fluffy white head. nose is bready, yeasty, and some citrus. bready, yeasty, orange, slight pepper, balance of dry and mildly sweet malty notes. sort of a tinny alcohol taste in the finish. lively feel and carbonation. this is surprisingly pretty good.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2008
11.2oz brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Pours a hazy golden almost red body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smell is not overwhelming, but consists of spice, caramel, and fruit. Tastes fruity - like citrus, apple, pear... Some roast, yeast, and slight alcohol is apparent. Very dry, one of the driest beers I’ve had in some time. Fairly clean on the finish Medium in body with vigorous carbonation. A fairly easy drinker considering the abv. Not bad at all, but not necessarily something I’ll be seeking out again very soon. Well worth the try though, very unique. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 7, 2008
(330 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/boothbay/ target=blank>1828 Vintage House, cellared for 7 mos. after purchase) Pours cloudy brownish amber with two fingers of biege head. Aroma is sort of sour with some caramel and maybe wood. Mouthfeel is lightly spritzy, sort of dryish. Some light webby sheets of lacing. Taste is rather tart without being sour. A bit bland. Has kind of a dryish, wooden-like feel. Maybe some light caramel under the tartness. A nice quality beer for sure but taste didn’t really go anywhere IMO. colts9016 (198) - Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2008
The pour is a deep red with a two to three finger tan head. The nose is bready malty, citrus, caramel and molasses. The taste is malty and sweet syurpy and thick with hints of yeast. The beer would be better 5 or 6 years down the road. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Another exploder. Poured a dark/deep amber red with a large tanned off-white head which was average lasting. Aroma was of toffee, malts orange peel, golden syrup, alcohol and some prunes. Alcohol content was present on this one (which was to my liking) with some toffee and malts to back it up as swell as dried apricots and other mixed dried fruits, warming finish. Full bodied with lively carbonation, slight watery texture yet a syrupy mouthfeel and a good finish. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Despite, or perhaps correlated with, this bottle being a gusher, this beer looked great. Big ass lively even creamy head with a crystal clear reddish orange hued body. Became a bit cloudy when I pushed the pouring thing. Toasty biscuity malt nose. Subtle. A bit creamy. A hint of fruit. Not awe inspiring, but not bad. A full lively mouth. Small even bubbles. The flavors are pretty much in step with the nose. Big toasty biscuit malt. Bread. A good bit of fruit. Some alcohol sneaks out. A bit of tannic stuff going on. The style seems to support less alcohol usually, so it’s a it odd here. Significant hops, floral. A bit of acidity. Not a huge fan, but not a terrible beer either. Interesting at least.