Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Pours a murky amber red color, with a small off white head, decent lacing. The heads leaving! Aroma is salt water taffe(Sp?) fresh hops, tinging on the nose. Flavor is sweet smooth, with a nice hop bite, lots of booze bitterness with apple in the finish. robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Practically zilch in head. Dark amber color. Cloudy as all get go. Nice english-style hops in flavor, which lingers in the aftertaste. Slight malty nose. After a few minutes of warming up the malt flavor is more pronounced, hops less so.I kind of laugh at the "...true premium ale and is priced accordingly." As to the sweetness they refer to? Where? Its interesting to read all the reviews. Tons of different opinions. Seems like a jekyl and hyde beer to me. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Draught. Dark golden color, slightly hazy. Bubbly white head that laced the glass. Estery banana nose with some cloves. These characteristics come out again in the flavor and mix well with a cream and spice undertones. Reminded me more of a Belgian abbey ale than an English strong ale. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thin light beige head. Lightly roasted aroma. Maybe even a touch of cigarette ash. Also toffee and light hop. Lightly roasted flavor otherwise bland. Semi-dry finish. Some butterscotch noticed as it warmed. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a fluffy off-white head. Clear with no sediment in bottle. Grainy malt aroma with some cooked veggies, borderline offensive really. More grainy malt in the flavor as well, with minimal hops. If there’s a positive to this beer at all, it’s that the 8.2% ABV is not detectable at all. Finish seems to indicate some oxidation. Thin mouthfeel with a watery finish and moderate carbonation. Second beer from these guys, and second loser. I wish they would date their bottles so that I would know that this was fresh or not. This was nothing like the commercial description would prepare you for.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2006
Dark red/orange colour with minimal head. Nose is caramel malts with a faint hint of alcohol. Was a little thin and finished with some alcohol bite. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 A bottle I got from someone (santa?). The beer pours to a hazy dark brown body with a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is nutty (peanuts and walnuts) and has smooth and nice noble hops. The flavor is nutty and has a nice toasted malt. The palate is a bit dry and definitely carbonated. Medium bodied. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Poursa cloudy brownish hue with a touch of amber. A huge tan head erupts, even in my Maudite tulip glass. Aromas of ....wow....what an aroma...... ummmmmmm.... can i say...a little pinapple, some sourness. a little bit of hops and only a hint of caramle shining through all that damn fruit. Light bodied with flavors of light spice, a little apple cider(withought the body) and a light bitterness. Wow.....almost a scotch like flavor with the smokiness and peat, light of course. Caramel is present as is a light roastiness, but as I drink more, i can agree with trokini’s argument that you can’t drink more than 2 at a time. Very unique. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Hazy red-orange body, medium creamy light tan head. Funky aroma, quite yeasty, with the qualities of a dusty wood-planked cellar, some sourness, and fermenting dark fruits and sugars. Red wine and wood. Flavor of sweet breads and pastries, toast, and bark. Sort of a "candleshop" medley of antiquity. Sweet finish; the brown sugar is definitely notable. A somewhat metallic aftertaste detracts a bit from the palate. Would go well with a fine cigar and darts. I’m not sure why more breweries don’t craft this style, as it’s a refreshing alternative from typical winter offerings. Many thanks to Dan (jah noth) for another great beer! trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Tap. Pours dark brown, almost looks like a porter. Aroma of toffee and caramel, with some dried fruits. Taste is dominated by alcohol, then the sweet malt and caramel flavors come through. Earthy finish. Decent beer, don’t think I could have more than 2 at one time.