FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2003
This beer is a deep amber color. It is fairly clear with just a hint of chill haze. It smell malty sweet with a bit of fruitiness in the nose. Nice full bodied with a malty expression. This beer tenderly coats your mouth. This is a very well balanced beer, as an English expression of a strong ale should be. There is a hint of hop flavor that helps to carry the maltiness of this brew.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2005
12oz bottle. Nice brownish body, white head, good lacing. Nose was really caramel and malt, spices and sweetness. Damn the taste is all alcohol, If it came close to the nose this would be a great brew. 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 trokiniís argument that you canít drink more than 2 at a time. Very unique. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 12 oz bottle given to me by a friend. He really likes this brew, so he gave me a couple of bottles. Thanks Kelan. Pours relatively clear dark brown with a half finger light tan head. The aroma is quite malty with some fruit in there for good measure. The taste is very intriguing it is both sweet and malty with some hops in there as well. This is really pretty yummy. This is fien beer with a lot of character. It is also gets a bit syrupy towards the bottom of the glass jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle. A nice, drinkable brew w/ a huge caramel/brown ale flavor. Pretty good.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
12 oz bottle. I was expecting an ESB when I opened this. I was glad it wasnít. Brownish reddish pour with decent head. Malty sweet aromas. Roasted coffee, nutty too. Flavors were similar with some vanilla and earth in to make it interesting. I liked it more than I thought I would. iowaherkeye (2703) - 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. Bakerís 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 bakerís 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. 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. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2008
The deep, violet colored body shines with dark crimson as the transparent liquid is backlit. A dense, spongy, mocha colored head shows good retention, while swaths of fine, sugary lace cling to the glass. The aroma shows barely scorched caramel, with a bevy of dark fruits (figs, dates, raisons) encrusted in baked-on brown sugar. Hazelnuts and pecans lend a roasted nuttiness, while a hefty dose of lactose offers a calming creaminess. I even pick up light hints of smoke, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors mimic the nose, caramelized fruits and nuts balancing between sweet and earthen. A nice dose of spicy hops show on the finish, though the lactic mocha cream is there to douse the heat. Smooth and silky in the mouth, with moderate to low carbonation, this drinks surprisingly easily for an 8% brew. This reminds me of a poor man’s Avery Old Jubilation. I enjoyed this quite a bit, and I certainly think it is well under appreciated. 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle. Full bodied, malt-driven, plum, tobacco, caramel, toffee, moderately bitter, appropriately full, hefty, chewy and resinous. I like.