JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle shared by puzzl. Hazy deep brown beer with almost no head. Pretty muddy looking, really. Sweet and very malty aroma with lots of rich toasted brown malt. Chewy and sweet and lightly plummy as well. It’s very sticky and chewy with a good balance of fruity/malty characters. It’s not bad, but it’s kind of boring. surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
2007 bomber bottle. Pours a dusky brown color with a small, short-lived white head. Aroma is malty, with lots of dark fruits, and some peat, smoke, and peppery phenolics. Sweet malty flavor which hints at some the aroma descriptors (lots of fruit, peat/smoke, pepper), but is exceptionally well balanced and smooth, with a moderately dry finish which includes a touch of warming alcohol. Medium full bodied and smooth, moderate carbonation; not hot at all. Really nice beer, especially as it warms. BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 Nice treat shared by Crosling. Poured a moderate brown/crimson color with a thin beige head that slowly disappeared. Aroma of sweet malt, light peat and caramel, and slight alcohol. Flavor consists of sweet malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and fruity undertones, light peat, and a nice woody flavor on the finish, which is nice and drying. Smooth and full on the palate, awesome drying finish. Thanks for sharing Nick, I appreciate it. Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Consumed at the Malvern location. Poured Hazy brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and hints of rubbing alcohol. Tastes of roasty caramel, toffee, and nuts with some raisons evident. Certainly the alcohol stepped in at the end but wasn’t overpowering. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Poured a cloudy medium brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is definate carmel and nuts with some mild toffee and some sweet smoke. The flavors pretty much mimic the aroma with a mild alcohol finish which really wasn’t too bad considering it’s 10.3%.
egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Poured a hazy brown amber color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, smoke, and light roast. Taste of sweet caramel, nuts, roasted malts, and smoke, with a bit of peat, and alcohol in the finish. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle. Light hazy amer/brown color with lacing type head. Malty rich dark fruit aroma. Some bandaid aromas show up as well. Sweet chewy caramel, grape, dark fruit flavors. Light smoke in the finish. This is a good beer. However, I found it too light in the body. Still good though. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Draught: Aroma is a little vinous. Smells of dark fruits and raisins. Poured copper in color with no head. slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Tasted of alcohol, malts, dark fruits, toffee, and nuts. Medium body. Viscous/syrupy texture. Soft carbonation. Malt finish. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
12oz glass on tap at the Malvern location. Poured a medium to deep mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, earthy, dark fruits, smoke, and toffee, Tastes of caramel, dark fruits (more so than the aromas), earthy, nutty, and some smoke Light alcohol finish (by not over 10%). weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2007
This is the 2007 GABF Bronze Medal winner. On tap at Malvern...
Appears a turbid, dark russett with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and thin collar. Tiny speckles of lacing droop down into the collar.
Smell is of rich caramel, ripe fruit, toffee, vanilla, mild cocoa, fusel alcohol, along with an earthy, piney blast hidden in the background.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet blast and even of touch of dark candi sugar, along with what would seem to be a Belgian-esque yeastiness in there that makes for a delicious, rum soaked raisin brew.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, sweet, boozy, with raisins lingering on the palate and a touch of hot rum going down. As nice as this is (IMHO), I could see this getting much better with age if Ryan decides to bottle this one. Stay tuned!