alexsdad06 (10378) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2016
22 oz bottle (2011) from Dutch’s cooler shared by the Heavy Seas rep. Pours a slightly hazy caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit character, some woody notes, a bit oxidized but seems to have held up pretty well. I had this fresh from Tmoney99, but never typed in the rating. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2016
22oz bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Earthy, roast, woodiness, caramel, some dark and lighter tart fruits, and bread. This one grew on me as I drank it and thought it aged nicely. JStax (6463) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam that dissipates down to a film atop the beer. The aroma has notes of raisin, plum, licorice, caramel, and nuts. The taste is on the sweeter side with a big dark fruit and leathery sweetness. A little woody as well. Very nicely balanced and a fantastic sipper. I wish I had a few more of these in the cellar. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Brown with a white head. The aroma is full of brown sugar, molasses and toffee. The flavor is similar with a hint of smoke added to the sweet brown sugar, molasses and toffee notes. The alcohol is also noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Dark amber pour, woody nose. Sweet taste gives way to booze and wood flavors. Interesting for sure.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. 4/27/13. Pours a deep amber-brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, vanilla, wood, licorice, leather, something hard to place (possibly brown sugar or licorice). Taste is dryer than expected; dry dark fruits, roast oak, vanilla, leather, toffee; finish is subtle, bitter chocolate. No lacing. Mouth feel is light but chewy. Medium-low carbonation. Slightly astringent. Not bad overall. Very pleased to have managed a bottle after it’s retirement. It’s missing some malt and the astringency doesn’t help. But I liked it well enough. HourGlass13 (881) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
This has been in the fridge for too long. It definitely improved with age. Sweet malty caramel taste. Dark amber in color. It didnt seem overly alcoholic in smell or taste to me, very smooth. Woody without being offensive. A winner in my book. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
A considerably dusty 22oz bottle. Nice chocolate and wood aroma. Nuts, some dark fruit. Light malty roasty flavor. Very smooth, lighter carbonation. Medium to big body, kind of creamy texture. Moderate bitter, very light alcohol bite. Very dark brown red color. Good khaki head, leaves respectable lace. Unusually massive chunks of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The yeast chunks are monstrous in this. Usually I just eat it all (vitamins!) but this is the first time I’ve ever been compelled to actually leave the last inch. jgasparine (10) - USA - JUN 18, 2012
Been sitting on this bottle for over a year now, and it has been well-worth the wait. It seems to have improved tremendously over time.
Poured with two fingers of light tan, foamy head, which quicly receded to reveal tiny bits of lacing. The body was an optically clear amber-brown.
Smells big, malty and savory, with some soft wood character. The rich malt comes through with impressions of caramel and toffee, which are met with traces of vanilla. There is a faint smokiness that plays somewhere in the background. Nicely complex.
The flavor generally mirrors the nose- rich with malts up front, with impressions of toffee, which are met with a pronounced woodiness and a touch of smoke midway. The finish is dry with a mild hop bitterness, and a lingering melanoidin character. Nice.
A medium body, which feels slightly creamy, due to a soft carbonation. There is a mild astringency here, but no heat from the alcohol whatsoever.
Overall, extremely smooth and drinkable. The alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden! SpringsLicker (3637) - Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2012
Brown body with some sediment, off-white head.
Alcohol is prominent in the aroma,.
The flavor follows the aroma somewhat.
A bit sweet and one dimensional.