AirForceHops (6952) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another bottle purchased at RedStone Liquors, Stoneham, MA in my most recent trip. Color is a deep ruby/ borderline brown color, fast dying head, with soft carbonation level. Nose is subtle yeast, pumpernickel bread and light molasses.
The flavor starts with sweeter malt and hints of dark fruit. Plum, dates, brown sugar. Again pumpernickel hints. The flavors are all correct, the only true negative is the thinner then normal body and texture. Drinkable but the body could use some improvements.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at brewery. Dark brown pour. Some roasted malt, fig, raisin, clove, fruity/yeasty. Serviceable.
thornecb (5810) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours deep, hazy mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white medium head with good retention coats surface. Mild dark pit fruit aromas. Medium bodied and dry with caramel and clove upfront turning turning to sour bitter earth in the lasting finish. The finish is not pleasant and really brings it down notches.
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouring at Belgian Beer Fest. Pours a faintly hazy brown with a thin white head. Toffee, malt, spicy, but something smells off. Medium bodied, toast, weird off flavors carry over. Malt, toast, bitter grain and musky yeast. Certainly something off here, can’t figure out what it is, ends in a soft bitterness.