Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt, earthy hop and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid complex beer. cards04 (2793) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours a dark cola colour. Creamy fluffy tan head...very nice. Aromas are sweet cloying fruit..mostly citrus, some berries. Floar notes and malty notes too. Full, thick, and creamy mouthfeel. Perfect. Flavours are roasted malts, burnt sugar, sweet fruits, bitterness on the finish. Complex, and satisfying. poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 2, 2012
750 ml bottle. Bottled 8/23/12. Pours murky brown with a medium dark beige head that collapses after a few minutes; leaves nice lace. Aroma is strong in caramel; there’s also burnt toast, floral notes. It’s very aromatic but it doesn’t smell like my cup of tea--smells like a malt bomb. Taste is sweet and roasty with some bitterness in the finish. Taste is somewhat similar to Arrogant Bastard and other beers of that ilk. I’m getting strong anise in the lingering finish. Alcohol presence is strong--tastes much stronger than 7.5%. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation soft to medium. It’s a respectable brew, but not really my thing. AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
750ml bomber from Sonoma Cellars in Oconomowoc. Dated 8/23/2012 on the bottle. Pours garnet colored with reddish highlights. Off-tan head that lasts and lasts - down completely through the glass there still is some head. Terrific lacing still sticking to the top in strings as I reach the bottom. Aroma has reddish fruits, pine, spices and sweet choco/caramel. Taste is very hop-forward with sweet fruits, pine and citrus. Major malt backbone awaiting in the middle with a tangy spicyness. An almost lemony bitter taste at the end. Wonderfully complex in both smell and taste. Finishes hoppy bitter and malty sweet, with a bit of a tang. Very enjoyable AM STR. stchloe (1067) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Um yes please. Beautiful burgundy pour, light head with a slight oatyness balance out by the alcoholic body and nice bitter profile. Yes please ESB.
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Red pour.. taste is decent... mslty lught fruit in the back... sone hints of caramel...not again :\ kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Dark red pour from the tap. Medium white head. Brown sugar and sweet aroma. Interesting full taste. Would try again. Weird
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Tap. Pours clear ruby red brown with a small beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, bread, and a bit of grass. Flavor is about the same with notes of port and molasses and a lightly bitter finish. gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
Sampled at GABF on Thursday October 11, 2012SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 7, 2012
Dark brown color, brown head. Sweet, hoppy scent. Sweet, hoppy taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
big bottle. 2012. dark, muddy, brown with a small, tan head. fudge, burnt caramel, toast with earthy, forest floor hop notes. flavor has lots of caramel with piney and earthy hops. full bodied. quite sweet but balanced with a big warmth. a big old beer with no particular style, but quite a treat.