mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 Really awesome beautiful beer. The malt and fig flavor blend seamlessly together. Gourmet. Unique. Good hop presence. This a beer you will crave later. It just smells so damn good. I have an idea. Let’s barrel age this beer and amp up the alcohol just a bit. Oooh baby that would be nice. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUN 30, 2008
22 oz bomber. This beer pours to a deep, hazy, brown color, with a small, tan head that fades, and a moderate to soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with lots of big aromas of chocolate, malt, nut, and figs. The palate is rich and smooth on the tongue, with big flavors of chocolate, nuts, molassas, and more delicious figgy flavor. This beer finishs with more excellent chocolate, nutty, and figgy flavors up front, then ends with a light peppery notes that take some of the sweet/cloying edge off this beer. Very interesting, very flavorful. I really loved the fig character of this one, as you really got it in aroma and flavor. An impressive brew, one to sip and savor. ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
The nose is caramel sweet with a little fruit. Flavors of heavy bread malt opening that are followed by a nicely hoped bitterness than finishes with raisin and fig sweetness. Overall, this solid strong ale is worth a go-round.
dekeq (36) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
This brew produced a nice brown, almost Coke-like color to it. It had a nice, but short-lived head that left a nice ring around the top. It was very dark but some light got through which prevented me from giving this the "motor oil" rating. It had a very fruity, sweet aroma. There was a dash of hops in there as well and the overall scent actually reminded me of the Samuel Adams Double Bock - very pleasant. As evidenced by the smell, the taste followed suit with a fruity palate. It had some nicely flavored hops in it as well. It started a little bitter and mellowed out very quickly to end smooth. Although, there was a very quick flow of flavors and it wasn’t very lasting. unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
22oz bottle. Purple hue, tan head. Musty malt aroma. Sitcky sweet, loads of date flavor. Tastes like a chilled date. Some toasted grains, some grape leaf bitterness. This beer has aged to a wondrous condition. Finishes like a fruity estered dopplebock.
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
22oz btl. Been aging for a couple years. Poured into tulip glass. A hazy, deep, dark reddish-brown color with the sweet delicious notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and plums. Not too much head but a tan colored foam. Lively carbonation in glass. Great scrumptious taste with flavors of chocolate, a hint of a woodsy profile, fig taste not too dominant but can tell it’s somewhere. Smooth off of the palate, not too many bubbles on feel. Finishes nicely with no unpleasant lingering. A great beer from my friends at Shmaltz Brewery. I highly recommend it if you can try it. Glad that I have even more of these aging still. hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear copper ale with ruby highlights and a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. The aroma is of dark malts, dried plum, fig and vinous esters. Full-bodied and syrupy with soft carbonation. Sweet, malty and fruity. The residual sugar is fortifying and not overbearing. Lengthy, fig and light maple finish. What a pleasant surprise. Makes me want to go at a bowl of succulent, rich, hearty figs. World class brew! Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours a nice dark brown with subtle red tints throughout. One whiff of this brew brings thoughts of fruit, flowers, hops, and several malts. At first taste it is bitter, but it quickly fades into a nice fruity/earthy aftertaste. For some reason this Strong Ale reminds me of a weaker Belgian Dubbel. BillKismet (4090) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Gorgeous fig-brown, mahogany with a large, creamy brown head. Starts with pleasant riffs of munich, crystal/caramel malts. Fig sugar is late in developing, but when it arrives on the seen, it delivers a near knock-out blow of complexity and is utterly enjoyable. Flavor starts similarly with munich and crystal malts massaging their way into the palate. This develops into a deep, full-bodied brown sugar and figgy flavor with the alcohol well-masked, yet also accentuating all of the deep features of this brew. Aroma/flavor profile beckons one to recall the last winter experience with a Baltic Porter. Nuanced and so well flavored as to appeal for a variety of occasions. This one deserves higher ratings. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle from Mr Whiskers in Nashville. Sampled at 50 degrees. Pours a beautiful garnet with a one finger light beige head that dissipates. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, maple, and berry. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a slight syrupy texture. Flavor of caramel, fig, and brown sugar with a balancing spicy bitterness. Boozy finish with a mild accents of ginger. Lots of alcohol kick for a 7.8%, tastes more like 10%. I enjoyed this one.