Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2012 on draft at the brewery. Surprisingly smooth. Hides the abv very well. Sweet cherry and dark bourbon soaked fruits. Great aroma and flavor. Medium body with a smooth finish.top both bw
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub on 11/07/2010. Clear caramel amber body with a small white head. Sweet fruit (grape) and caramel aroma. Sweet grape falvor with light caramel and some floral hops. Full body with moderate carbonation.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2009. Cloudy brown with lacy froth; clearing to garnet. Nose is caramel, grass and wood with hints of orange peel and cherry. Medium body with a crisp but mellow buzz. Taste is caramel and bitter citrus. Simple and smooth with great depth of flavor.
jrob21 (3519) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a tan head. Hops coming through here a little more than the previous version I had. Lots of red fruit and a bit of soy sauce. Roasty malt plum and red fruit aroma. Soy sauce more as it warms. Definite sipping beer. Finish is a touch bitter. Chalky chocolate texture as well.
unclemike (2982) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
little to no head. Aroma is of tropical fruits cascade hops and booze. Has a grapefruit citrus hops taste. Complex caramel malt with notes of lemon, spiced rum. Flat carbonation, slick texture and medium to full body
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled at a buddies house. From notes. Loads of dark fruit and caramel.
MadRobin (2863) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, VA. This is most likely the 2012 version.
Clear-but so dark it is almost opaque--burgundy-brown with small khaki head and fair lacing. Head does not linger.
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit.
Taste of dark fruit, cherry, sweet roasted malt, toffee and alcohol.
Full body and medium/high carbonation with foamy mouthfeel.
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Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/12/2012. From bottle. Dark amber color with a tan head. The alcohol is present up front with malt, dark fruit and spicy aromas. Some sweetness with the alcohol and fruit, but this one packs a punch.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage. Caramel malts on the nose with floral notes. Pours caramel amber with a thin white head that dissipates. Sweet caramel with apple notes very malty with some spices and strong alcohol notes.
Emeister84 (2276) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of raspberries, cherries, blackberries, black cherries, and cola, with a subtle nuance of vanilla. Appearance is almost black, with purplish tint, and off-white/light tan head foam. Taste is quite sweet and fruity, with flavors similar to Australian Shiraz, with slight notes of nuts and toffee, and a booze-driven spiciness. A plump, lively carbonated beer, fruity and boozy with very slight hop prevalence, and an off-dry, fruity, lingering finish. Attests very well (as I can only imagine) to the old English standard that beers can be crafted, absolutely, in order to sit side-by-side with complex European wines.