chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ap-Pours a deep brown with ruby edges. Medium head was tan and smooth with good retention and lacing.
Ar-Rich dark fruits such as dates and prunes. Notes of port wine. Subtle hop presence. Overtones of port wine. Slightly earthy like peat.
T-Wonderful dark fruits like dates, and prunes with a hint of tart sweet cherries. Anise and tobacco juice come in next with the hops. The hops seem to be more of the European variety than anything. Alcohol is unmistakable, giving it a red wine taste. A creamy roasted mocha flavor ensues. Smoky long finish. This beer does not let your mouth rest. The flavors are varied and balanced. Intense.
P-Smooth and creamy start. Full-bodied but not cloying. Warming.
O-I tried hard not to like this brew. I had tasted it before at a beer tasting event at the local beer pub. It was one of the last offerings and I panned it a bit, so I wanted to remain consistent. However, I chalk up my poorer earlier assessment to tired tastebuds. This ale is very strong with good alance and hug complexity. Not a beer I would drink every week. But one every other month it is wonderful.
JPDIPSO (6002) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark with almost a hint of purple. Moderately sized head of creamy tan bubbles. Initial impression of the aroma was only of sweet black malt, but it does seem to add depth as it sets. Initial dark malt, treacle, pears, plums, licorice, mint, and light floral scents make an appearance. Thick, but rather lifeless feel. Initial sweetness, leads to some charred, ashy flesh flavors. Dry ashy finish. The aromas promise so much more that what the flavors deliver. 10/11
alliance100 (1118) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bootle - pours a dark almost murky brown . Big dark fruit aromas . Taste is thick sweet and a hint piney. A big beer .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
douglas88 (8754) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Sean. I love this brewery. Pours a dark unclear black color with a medium tan head. A big fruity nose, some smoke, heat. The flavor is very sweet, sticky, oil, dark fruit, molasses, some, some spicy rye. Really drinkable despite the ABV and sweetness. Oxidized a bit which helps. Tobacco.
shigadeyo (3655) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/03/2010: He’Brew 13... Aroma: Hmmm... Weak maltiness; citrus hard candy; possibly a hint of smoke (barely). Appearance: Deep brown in color with a thin beige head and rapidly dissapears. Flavor: Richand chewy; dark malts - caramelized malts; citrusy; decent alcohol presence. Palate: Medium to medium-full in body; a touch thin; fairly smooth. Overall: Lacks richness and depth; somewhat disappointed; the high level of alcohol is degrading the flavor and depth that previous versions of this beer have had...
fl. oz. bottle (13% Alc. by Vol.) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #290 for this beer.
Brandman (2927) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body, light brown body. Aroma has lots of alcohol, raisins and sweet malt. Flavour has sweet bready malt and really sweet malts with alcohol.
rosenbergh (11159) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. From New York. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark brown colour with a tiny greyish white head.
Dark malty aroma with dark fruits, soy sauce and bitterness in the aroma.
There’s malt, some bitterness, some dark fruits, soy sauce and mild alcohol. The alcohol is quite well hidden.
PotjeBier (2931) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
66 cl bottle @ home, bought late 2009 in Pasadena, CA. Clear, deep dark red-brown color. Beige head, quickly receding. Aroma’s: sweet, sugar, red fruit, caramel/toffee, burnt sugar, alcoholic. Flavor is medium sweet, roasted, raisins, dark toffee. Strong alcohol feel. Medium to full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry, a bit woody, lightly bitter.
jkwalking05 (4689) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted in 2009 (backlog) Deep brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of pineapple, berry, booze, caramel, toast, and citrus. taste is of roasted malts, booze, berries, tropical fruit, tree bark.
TimE (5442) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hello. This beauty has aged wonderfully!!! Cracked it open after losing my passport and having it found at a beer bar. Dark brown color, light brown head. Rich malty, off sweet nose shows figs, milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, raspberries and rye bread. The mouth is superb, as the flavors have really melded well and shows great depth of fig, caramel and milk chocolate. Very rich, but never too sweet or cloying. Warming lingering fig finish. I loved this beer. Definitely a good winter warmer!!!.
ads135 (4343) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice, really rich beer. Some caramel, some alcohol, some dark fruit, licorice. Pours deep, dark brown with a thick head. One of the best anniversaries by Hebrew,