fear025 (214) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2011
2009 vintage. Aroma:Tons of sweet malt in the aroma. Also dark fruits, caramel, and molasses. There is a little alcohol aroma coming thru.
Appearance:Dark reddish brown in color. Light tan colored head that doesn’t stick around very long.
Taste:The foretaste has lots of caramel malty deliciousness, with some dark fruits, and a hint of chocolate. In the midtaste thru the aftertaste the flavors turn more molasses and dessert-wine like (sherry or port). The aftertaste finishes sweet.
Palate:Full body, lots of alcohol warmth, medium carbonation.
Overall:This beer is right on in terms of style, and deliciously rendered. There is a ton of complexity in all aspects of this beer.
ebone1988 (2121) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Aroma is apple cider, caramel, malt, syrup. Appearance is reddish brown, hazy, light tan head. Taste is apples, caramel, fades to malt, then fades again to toffee. Wonderful and fantastic. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation, malty, holy shit it’s amazing. Overall, one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. koleminer20 (3942) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
12 oz bottle. 2013 vintage. Holy smokes. The pour is like muddy lake water. There is no head to be found and as such, no lace either. The aroma is extraordinarily complex. There is a beautiful sweet toffee or caramel with dark fruits galore and a wonderful apple cider character. There are dominant figs and a light marshmallow-ey note. The flavor is just as complex. It starts off like the cider and roars through the labyrinth of dark fruits. The toffee comes through strong on the back end. The mouth feel is perfect. Thick, minimal carbonation, the flavors coat and cling to the tongue. The finish is a touch dry, with a light warming from the 13.5% ABV. Overall just an amazing beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone crazy_cat_lady (701) - - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle from LCBO many moons ago. Bottled in 2012. Deep reddish brown. Not much of a head. Superb strong aroma of caramel and toffee and toasted marshmallow. Caramel and toffee flavours, with some lingering toasted marshmallow and a hint of oak. Reminds me of Thomas Hardy barleywine. Fantastic stuff.