lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle in trade from Padrefan98. Thanks!robertjm (907) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
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.
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. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle from Flaco Alto. Thanks! Pours decent brown, with a semi-lively body and a head of off-white. Aroma is, as best I can describe, a malted sugar ball of celery. Very earthy and crisp. Definitely unlike anything I have ever smelled in a beer before now. Flavor is chocolate celery with hints of roasted malt and chocolate syrup. This is one straaaaaaaaange beer. Average mouthfeel. Interesting. 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. GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Near black with thick tan creamy head and foamy lacing. Malty aroma has a faint tinge of rubbing alcohol lurking the background. Bitter / sweet taste of dark-roasted coffee and toffee. Creamy mouthfeel.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
12oz bottle pours amber with tan head. Toasted malt caramel aroma and taste. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival sample 8oz. Body looked brown with no head to speak of. Malt aroma and tasted watered down. Alcohol content well hidden as I expected this to have a kick at the end that wasn’t there pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
6-29-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to Padrefan98 Brigadier (3800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
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.
12 oz bottle
CasualApathy (6) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2013 does not count
Maybe I got an old bottle but this was disappointing. I was hoping for more depth. Instead I got a run of the mill 8% ABV beer that is heavy on the booze and light on complexity. More balance would make this light years better.
Aroma / Appearance - Excessive amounts of head took their sweet time folding into a maroon base. It took over ten minutes before I could see more than a corona of brown foam. Rich stained mahogany, cinnamon candy, and stale cardboard tell me something in this was off. I can’t put a finger on it but this was not so old that it should have been this far past its prime.
Flavor / Palate - Heavy and cloying there is too much warmth relative to the other flavors. Stale chocolate, warm red hots, and used oil form a boring and dull experience almost from start to finish. There is simply too much ethanol and not enough taste here for this to be worthwhile.
Dark in color with a small light head. Pretty much smells like it tastes, sweet with hints of toffee and caramel corn. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad beer.