oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep golden orange color. Aromas of fruit, sweet malt, yeasty. Flavor is lightly fruity with a sweet malt middle with a slight spicy finish.
blipp (8535) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours deep unclear red with an off white head. Toasty and lightly roasty aroma with dark fruits and spicy yeast. The flavor has toasted malts, toffee, spicy yeast, flowery hops, and lightly roasted malts. Pretty good.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pour is murky brown with an off-white head, good retention/some lace. Aroma of dark fruits, sugar, spice, musty yeast. Taste is lightly sweet, fruity (plum/raisin), nuts, yeasty. Palate is dry, soft, creamy, dry finish.
probstblueribbon (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Bieropholie, shared with Phil, served cool in a tulip glass. 25NO11.
App.: Cloudy deep copper with a decent reddish-tan head.
Aroma: Strong, luxurious fruits, dark dried fruits, light citrus peel, brown sugar, a little alcohol, a touch of butterscotch, pretty nice.
Palate: Medium body, limited, relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Nice fruity malts, brighter fruits, a touch tropical, plenty of stewed dried fruits, brown sugar, citrus peel, nice; off-dry with minimal bitterness and a fairly long, malty/fruity finish.
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours light hazy brown to tawny with a medium-small, fizzy white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and bread malt, earthy and citrus hops, fruity esters, and Belgian Candi sugar and yeast. Flavor is malty, sweet, light hops, earthy and fruity, lightly tart, some Brettanomyces, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
KyotoLefty (9642) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Asahiya. Fruit and carmel nose, raisins, plum, some earthy, citrus hops, spicy too.
Medium ornge-brown with a fine, fluffy head.
Chocolate, caramel, dry, dusty, earthy hopping, and a very dry and quite bitter finish. Cocoa, a bit of coffee too. Very hoppy in an original way. Light, clean pallate, though full and smooth. Very interesting, hoppy and bitter, to balance the chocolate sweetness. Nice.
DYCSoccer17 (3664) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce sample on tap at øl in Walnut Creek. The aroma is faintly sweet with some light, fruity esters. Mild spiciness, but this is a pretty faint aroma all together. Transparent amber body with a medium off-white head present. Good lacing. Starts with some berry-like yeast esters. Pleasant fruitiness. Becomes a little oaky, woody, and almost papery in the middle. Seems a little oxidized. Finishes with late mild roastiness and spiciness. Spices are non-descript, and I can’t tease these out. This is ok, but it just sort of seems a little bland and forgettable.
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Delirium, Brussels.
Brune claire présentant un léger trouble, col épais beige.
Arôme de fruits noirs; raisins, malt caramel, levure belge avec une pointe de chocolat en poudre.
En bouche, carbonation moyenne, malt cara/chocolat, fruité de cerise noire/raisins secs avec une pointe d’épice allant vers la réglisse. Houblon pour une fine amertume, fleuri.
lusikka (7757) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. BBE 02/2012.
Pours a deep amber colour with a thick white head. Aroma of raisins, Christmassy spices and some sour-like notes. Flavour of toasted malts, sweet raisins, Christmassy spices, licorice, nuts and wood. Medium bodied, thick mouthfeel and a warming, fruity and spicy finish. Nice.
Braudog (6494) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Birch. Deep reddish orange. Nice poofy head. Spicy aroma, enticing indeed. Wow this is delicious. Orange zest, brown sugar, perfume ... And then a mellow, neutral finish. Excellent. (#4370, 11/26/2011)