blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Pouring into the pilsner is a beautiful reddish colored ale, creating a really nice head. It smells very malty and upon the 1st tase, a slight taste of licorice hits the back of your throat. A very good and smooth ale SiddFinch (156) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
This is the last bottle of a 6-pack I bought in 2001. Brown and murky with almost no head. Flavor is bready, caramel, raisins and maybe apricott. Alcohol is present but it is quickly wiped away by a very smooth, malty finish. cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Hints of butterscotch in the nose. Medium/dark brown color. Fast, minimal head. Very malty, sweet with a some alchohol flavor. LONG tasty finish... I LIKE it. BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 This is really good. Pours our an amber/brownish color, with a relatively small head. Caramelly aroma. Malty, toasty sweet taste. Well worth $10 per 4-pack. paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours deep amber with perhaps some orange when held up to light. Strong floral aroma with licorice and toffee. The flavor just doesn’t do it for me -- soysauce taste throughout.
ModeEngage (153) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours hazy amber with an off white head that lasts. Smells of honey and oak. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of honey, dried fruit, and rye. Buries 12 percent alcohol. dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
’08 vintage, sampled in a snifter. Was hoping for more based on the reviews as well as my affinity for Old Rasputin. Very aromatic with a nice balance between hops notes (grapefruit/citrus) and malts as well as an aroma I wasn’t able to put my finger on. Flavor was well balanced and leaned a little more hoppy than malty. There was a peculiar dryness to it and what another reviewer referred to as woody...I think I could agree to use that term as I’ve not thought of one more suitable. Certainly not a bad brew, but not my favorite example of the style either. Natai (152) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Great aroma with some toasted malt, raisin and tawny port. Pours deep red with small off-white head that disappears quickly with no lacing. Sweet, light flavor with a medium body and a very slightly alcoholic short finish. Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07.
Cloudy light brown, modest head. Robust sweet malty aroma., very attractive, almost that of a good doppelbock but loaded with more extra-curricular ‘stuff’, pop, sizzle, hops, cherry, fruity.
Flavor – Lots of malt-hop ‘zip’, very lively, a little carbonation sting, balanced.
Palate – Medium bodied
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Cloudy amber/brown - opaque in the middle and clearing around the edges. Alcholic fruity aramel aroma. Taste follows. Alcohol-caramel-smoky-malt mixture with fruity (raisin) undertones. Butterscotch mouthfeel - rich and coating. Alcohol remains strong throughout. Mixes well with other flavors, but definitely a sipping beer, and a good one at that.