kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown color with very minimal head that collars around the glass. The aroma is very slightly sweet with some hints of spice. Nothing to special. The taste is pretty sweet up front with some fruit type flavors and an ending of bitterness. Slightly boozy. Not sure about his one. Caramel types as well. Overall, a beer I am glad I tried but nothing I would go out and grab again right away. Medium mouthfeel. BVery (11364) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Tap. Clear amber pour, small white head. Aroma of earth, malt, and biscuits. Tqste is similar, with medium mouthfeel. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
@RichmondX Gathering Thanks butters-22oz bottle-pours a dissipating tan head and copper color. Aroma is dark fruit, medium malt-bread, secondary spice hops. Taste is dark fruit, medium malt-bread, spice hops. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of travita) Pours a clear mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, peat, earth, and toasted grain. Flavor of caramel malt, earth, apple, peat, and raisins with a bitter finish. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Re-review April of 2011
Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a creamy light tan head. The nose has a bright bruit flavor of apple and pear with some herbal spice but a hint of a metallic twang. The taste falls off hard, the fruitiness is still there but clear oxidation creates a strong note of paper and cardboard. Carmalized brown sugar adds the malt balance on a medium body falling off with a light carb in the back. Too sweet and a bit heavily oxidized.
A-pours a deep reddish mahogany color. A tanned head with one finger of it. Little retention and head
S-the nose is very sweet but a little light. A light caramel and bready malt seems to set a foundation for malty sweetness in the form of dark fruits. Some dark cherries, ripe plum, notes of rum raisin.
T-this is a malt explosion. Hint of toasted biscuit and caramel are the foundation in which the malt sweetness builds off of. Some cherries start off, ripe plums, rum soaked raisins. There is actually a light hop presence with a touch of citric and bitter hops at the finish.
M-very smooth and syrupy with a nice medium to full body. Its wet and juicy with very low carbonation in an absolutely perfect way. It finishes wet and firm not giving in.
D-this is a very solid old ale. This is actually becoming a favorite style, although they all are, right? It’s a little boozy but had some great balance for the style. Great dark fruitiness and a nice little hop presence.
ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to travita. Nose is caramel, citrus, and burnt bread. Taste is dark karo syrup and some citrus. I don’t know if I stopped trying with descriptors but I did right "booooring" in my tasting notes. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy orange tinted brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention and not much lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nougat, spicy citrus hops. The taste is toffee, bitter hops and a weird sugary candylike note, similar to gumdrops. Medium-full bodied. Meh. j12601 (13123) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s hotel room tasting after session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a hazy light brown with a thin white head. Vinyl, plastic, smells like a kiddy pool. Tastes like it smells, gross oxidized, and full of plastic. Bitter finish.