steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
sweet, citrus and caramel; altogether caramel aroma; fairly slick and flat carbonation; average appearance; bittersweet, sugary, citrus flavor; the amount of alcohol IS hidden; i am not sure about this, but it might be trying to be too much--simplify. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Thanks Tonka! Pours a very dark reddish brown with a small creamy tan head. Sweet slightly burnt malt aroma with a decent amount of citrus hops, a bit fridgy. Darker flavor, burnt brown sugar with generous hopping, earthy. The 8% is pretty well hidden. Strong flavors that aren’t overpowering, a bit plasticy. Medium body that isn’t too full with fine sizzling carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for a beer with that burnt flavor. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
12oz bottle from Miketd. Pours dark caramelly brown, thinnish tan head, good retention, specks of lace. Smells nice and malty and slightly dark fruity. Tastes sweet, caramelly malty with a finish of sweet dark fruits, raisins namely. Medium/thick body with good but subdued carbonation. pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
6-29-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to Padrefan98 lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Semi clear amber brown. Smell is light lemon and yeast with a sweet malt touch. Flavor is chalky and nearly medicinal. Low to medium carbonation. Not great.
Bottle in trade from Padrefan98. Thanks!
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Pours a rich semi cloudy dark maroon color. Smell is mild, smooth malt and almost peaty to me. Taste is smooth, malty caramel, and peaty subtle smokiness. Creamy body and low carbonation. Sessionable and easy drinking for the 8%, but not a flavor I cared for too much.
Pours a ruby hued amber color with a small tan sudsy head. Nose of grapefruit, dark fruits, hazlenuts, molasses, overall very mild. Initial taste is actually vinous with hazlenuts, touch of cocoa, dried fruits. Finishing with a mild bitterness hop balance. Alcohol is decently masked. Light bodied and smooth. Palate duration is average. Good head retention and spot lacing of the glass. This one didn’t really move me. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2008
multiple bottles from random trades. thanks guys. Pours a very dark red with a medium sized off white head. Aroma was strong caramel malts and a bit of molasses. Flavor is up front hazelnut, with some caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, and nuts. Finishes mildly bitter, peaking around 3ish (fuck you joey). I hate hazelnut but I didn’t mind this that much. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
12oz bottle, notched on April--assuming the best by date? Received it in the Mystery Swap 3.0. Clear ruby brown with a 1/2 finger beige head, fading to a ring before long. Baker’s chocolate up front, light minerals and some raisiny fruits. There is also some toasted grain and caramel. Good job of smelling English. Flavor is a little more caramelly, though the baker’s chocolate is still there and follows through to the earthy lightly roasty dry finish, bitterness peaking around a 3. Backing up a bit, flavor is still a little fruity with some raisin notes. No trace of alcohol at all. Pretty low carbonation with a smooth medium full body. A nice surprise. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma of sugared walnuts and almonds, brown sugar, some fruity sweetness and light caramel notes. Pours dark brown with some deep maroon highlights. Flavor is nutty with grassy hops and lemony tartness on the finish. Slightly metallic on the back of the tongue. Medium bodied and creamy with a tart finish. Interesting, but altogether unimpressive. Thanks Craig! nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2008
This came in a trade with Shyam. Thanks! Pours a deep copper brown with ruby hues and head that is absolutely non-existent. The aroma right out of the fridge and right out of the bottle was extremely mild, but once it warmed there was a subtle malt aroma that included a touch of spice and biscuit. Flavor was very sugary with plenty of caramel and brown sugar but not a lot else. Finish was a little dry with a touch of lasting sweetness. Drinkable, even with the high alcohol content, but very forgettable.