jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep clear amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is sweet and raisiny. Medium-heavy bodied. Starts sweet and raisiny and finishes on the dry side. $5.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2005 Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - my bottle from Premier Gourmet. My favorite of the tasting (Aug 18/05). Poured a deep clear ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma ... I just wanted to sniff it all night! Oak woody, mulple roast malts, chocolate, toffee, alcohol, anise, prunes, raisins, mustiness. Flavour dark roasted molasses, sweet steeped fruits, some resiny oakiness, green hops coming through on warming. Mouthfeel full bodied, a bit minerally and sticky. Lovely. Will buy more next trip to Buffalo. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Clear dark amber with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of fermented fruit, brown suger and dark malt. Rich flavour of dark fruitcake with caramel-bourbon sauce, and a well-bittered finish. Would be better enjoyed in a large brandy snifter sitting in front of a fireplace on a cool autumn evening rather than as part of a tasting session on a warm August night, but you take what you can get! nearbeer (5603) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 500 ml, 2007 vintage. Clear, deep copper-ruby body, with a three-finger creamy head that lasts well. Big dark fruit, sourish sherry, and molasses aroma. Dates, raisins, and caramel on the front turns acidic and salty-leather tinged, with some molasses-tomato-sourish cherry flavor mix added in as well. Notes of sherry, vanilla, toasted oak, cream, pecan, bitter herbs, and more all add to the complexity, and balance this one well on the finish. Medium body is sharply acidic on the tongue, with a pretty smooth mouthfeel all the same, and a nice dry-woody finish. Sigmund (7915) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2010
500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 7.5%. Mahogany coloured beer, big off-white to beige head. Very nice malty aroma with notes of caramel and dark dried fruits, also some oaky and vinous notes. The flavour is malty sweet and rich, notes of caramel and dark dried fruits again, vinous and oaky notes too, moderate hops in the finish. A lovely strong ale!
SamP01 (668) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours a slightly viscous cloudy brown with a medium lasting tan head. Aroma toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, figs, and some liquorice notes. Taste is toasted caramel malt, dark fruits of plums, dates, black figs with some mild bitterness. A full bodied brew with a slightly viscous and sticky mouthfeel with some moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, dates, black figs followed by some sweet alcohol esters and some mild bitterness ending. Flavor and aroma of liquorice, dates and figs becomes more evident as it warms up. Overall an excellent, flavorful nicely balanced, and delicious brew, very enjoyable.
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"what a delicious surprise! i’d never heard of this so had no expectations going in, and ended up liking it better than their far more famous harvest ales. silky texture, with a plethora of tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate, malty goodness. great nose and flavor. i’ll be getting this more often for sure." maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010
Bottled. A muddy chestnut coloured beer with no head. The aroma is vinuous, fruity and malty. Brown fruits and bread in the nose. Lovely fruity alcoholic taste. There’s a bit of sweet pickle (Branstons) in there. Warming and very lovely. gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2010
500 ml. Deep copper color, white nonexistant head, but a tasty strong ale. At 7.5%, just the ticket after a hard day at work. I like strong ales, and I like this one. I’ll get it again. jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
Brown pour. Molasses and brown sugar nose. Candied apple and plum taste. Very smooth and easily drinkable for the style.