hopdog (12584) - 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%). 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. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
Liquid Sunshine V. 750, capped. Great stuff! Crystal clear dark amber with bright caramel highlights. Big sweet fissy, plummy nose, maybe a little boozy. Creamy medium body, maybe a little sticky. Figs, plums, brown apples, and caramel on the mid-palate. 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! 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.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2009
750 ml bottle from June 2007. 2007 GABF Bronze medal winning batch. Pours what appears to be be a reddish brown and then when you hold to the light it gives off this wonderful ruby appearance. Head was small and bubbly even with a fairly aggressive pour, off white in color and left light lacing. Aroma of a handful of aged dark fruits, molasses, caramel, light cardboard, some alcohol sneaking in, very light smoke, peppery, toffee, caramel and earthy. Flavor of dark fruits, light peat smoked malt, caramel, toffee, nuts, various other fruity notes coming in. Overally rather complex mouthfeel and flavor. A bit earthy and the alcohol was actually well hidden in the flavor. I enjoyed this one, although I think the 2007 bottles have reach or just gone past their peak! wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle from trade. Opened at toncatcher T3 tasting. Amber color. sweet. Hint of peat smokey malt. Very good. Easy to drink. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Dark amber color, short ring of white head. Caramel, molasses on the aroma. Rich maltiness, mild hops on the taste, a slight suggestion of peat. A very nice wee heavy. 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%. 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.