ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013Kiezmar (616) - Krakůw, POLAND - JUN 18, 2017
Reviewed 12/29/2012.12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with low clarity and even a bit of opacity. The head is impressive for damn near 12% - a one finger light mocha color with a pretty texture and excellent retention for the gravity. Good lacing, too.
S: Very forward in sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. The booze that comes through almost has a bourbon character to it which I find to be very pleasing.
T: Wow, this is sweet, just as I expected. The usual suspects - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and toffee - all appear vibrant on the initial taste. I can notice earthen malts/hops and a more expressive note of vinous sourness on the midtaste, which not only dries out the huge sweetness, but does a good job, too. Finish is a hybrid of dark fruits, vanilla, leather and bourbon-esque booziness, though every so often it will shift from being like bourbon to being port-like (less vanilla and more raisin and grape). With a bit more tannin presence, this could almost pass for a BA brew at times. Overall complexity is subtle instead of forceful; the latter could have just as easily killed this one, and Iím glad it didnít. Not super drinkable, but wonderful to savor.
M: I think the carbonation could be a little less forceful (not necessarily weaker, though) This is actually fairly clean and dry at first, but becomes a little more oily and lingering after a few sips. A bit airy and insubstantial; itís not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesnít quite do the flavor profile justice. Still, this is less harsh than it could have been - but I think a year in the cellar would do it wonders.
O: Better than I expected. Itís actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, itís still an excellent old ale. Seemingly lacking in frills, it instead chooses to sneak up on the palate with a wonderful - if not readily apparent at first - depth of flavor and complexity. Wish I bought more than a single...
Butelka. Piwo uciekło z butelki. Nieco metaliczne, suszone owoce, ogůlnie pustawko. elbernays (1479) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle from Saveur biere. Pours caramel Brown with frothy white head. Aroma is honey, toffee, brown sugar. Flavour is a grainy brown sugar. Toffee with a light sugar wet finish. Lovely. TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 3, 2017
Big sweet malty nose with tons of orange bread, dried raisins. Malty thick. Good stuff djnorth (3) - - MAY 22, 2017 does not count
Recently tried this on tap at the North Coast restaurant/pub in Ft. Bragg and was immediately impressed. It has a nice ale aroma and the flavor is fantastic: rich, complex, not too bitter. Everything seemed perfectly balanced. For an ale of this ABV that isnít Bourbon-barrel aged, it is a true stand out. BeerRenter76 (1007) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 2/12/09. 2008 vintage, most folks reccomend aging this one and i think they are probably right. Although pretty good it was a bit hot, because the alcohol; while not overbearing was noticeable. Flavor had huge sweet caramel malts, plenty of dark fruits in the aroma and flavor such as raisins, dates and some plum. Overall it was pretty nice but i would like to cellar one and try it again next year.
Korcz (3375) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 3, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Cukier i potworny, wůdczano-rozpuszczalnikowy alkohol. Dramatycznie złe. jc1762 (1371) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2017
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the 2011 bottle! Poured into a snifter showing translucent caramel brown with no head.
The nose is brandy forward.
The palate is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Medium alcoholic spiciness, slightly cloying without much dimension. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 23, 2017
Can believe im just rating this. Iíve had a vertical from 1999-2015. Pours amber dark color. Taste is a nice sweetness with lots of malt backbone. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2017
Bottle from 2012. Pours a coppery color with off-white head. Dark fruits, fig, caramel sweetness, bread, and some cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with dried fruit and caramel. Florya (2023) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2017
How: bottle Appearance: dark copper, small white head. Aroma: spice. dried fruits, caramel, nuts, grass. Palate: full body, soft carbonation.