pineypower (3350) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Pours out a nice dark brown with a "Pi" like swirl of white, which is the only sign of a head. Aroma is very nice and of raisin and dark fruit with slight alcohol. Taste is very complex with a solid balance. Dark fruits, mainly raisin and slight fig go into some sweetness. The finish is of some alcohol, mixed with slight tartness. Very solid, similar to Mother of all but also slightly different. Once again Lost Abby comes through. bhensonb (15993) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Vinous, light fruit aromas. Dark brown color with ruby hilites. Medium body with mild, creamy carbonation. Flavor is large, malty sweetness with raisin/plum and enough hop to balance the malt. It’s sort of medium dark fruity ale. Finish is reasonably dry with indications of wood. The whole thing is very smooth, and delicious. Very nice ale. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Spicy almost wine-y aroma. Raisins come through along with nutmeg in the flavor. Fairly sweet, but with a finish on the drier side. DarkMagus (560) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Pours a super dark brown, almost blackish color. Thick and creamy, but rapidly fading off-white head. Rich sweet fruity aroma with loads of biscuity malts, candy sugar, dried fruits (raisins of course, along with hints of dried dates and cherries), some slight acidic vinousness, and maybe the slightest hint of alcohol. Flavors were hugely sweet and malty, with a very nice sweet-bread/cookie character, with more dried fruit: dates, raisins, plums, apples... a bit of candy-like sugariness, some alcohol, but not too much. A minor but noticeable trace of hops... perhaps because this was a pretty fresh sample. Ok, and the alcohol. Pretty intense, took some getting used to, would like this beer to be a bit gentler. But overall, great stuff... will definitely buy this again as I’m always a sucker for this style. Goodgrief (2072) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2008
July 2007 - Dark brown pour, decent head and lacing. Aroma of dark fruit and candied sugar. Flavor was rich dark fruits, candied sugar and moderate level of spices. Wonderful blend of flavors and a rich coating mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2008
750 mL bottle - had been holding on to this for a few months, but couldn’t wait any longer; pours dark brown and clear around the edges; light tan head quickly fades; lots of lacing on the first glass; dank musky aromas of dates and oranges; very rich and everything about this is creamy: aromas, texture and flavors; slight burn on a few sips, but just phenomenal overall; i’m glad this seems to be steadily supplied here in town mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
rate #400 bottle: poursa real nice dark chocolate brown colour with a medium sizedesspresso foam head that seems very creamy. aroma is a real nice vinous fruit, a good sweet malt and deep brown sugars. the fruit aromas are fantastic in this beer. the flavour is a litttel weak to start but fades into a good dark sugar and fruit flavour of raisins and black figs. the finshes is again dark fruits adn some bitterness, just a little amount of alcohol. a very good beer. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Pours a dark brown with only a bit of head. Aroma is on the dark fruit side with a bit of yeast. Flavor is prune, raisin, caramel, booze, fake sugar. Finishes with pretty much no carbonation and not smooth at all. Kind of an alcoholic mess. I don’t see how age could make this any better. darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4 month old 750ml bottle- pours a reddish-brown color. Slight head to this one. Fruity aroma. Was very fruity and sweet. A lot of flavor going on. Plums, raisins, and some prune notes. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Overall a good brew well worth the wait. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Had at Madness with the Moose. Poured a dark red-brown color that was almost purple. Small off-white head. The aroma was fruity with plenty of raisin and other dark fruit. Light alcohol hits the nose. The flavor was sweet and fruity. More raisins and some light chocolate and sugar. The alcohol is pretty much covered up in the flavor. But you can feel in warm the body. Full bodied and almost sticky.