Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Richmond 16th. Medium to dark brown. Slightly sour molasses aroma. Flavor is raisin and molasses. Not bad, but struck me as maybe being almost a touch oxidized. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Brought it back from bruisin ales. Raisin, molasses, a little woody oakey, kinda english in nature. Not hot, but has warming. Actually, quite a nice surprise. alexsdad06 (10430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle picked up at Bruisin Ales. Pours a clear caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma has an abundance of sweet caramel maltiness and ripe fruits. The flavor has more sweet caramel malt goodness and a nice amount of ripe fruits. The finish has a decent amount of bitterness that adds another layer to this beer. Medium plus body that makes for a nice sipper in the fall months. douglas88 (9188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2011
22 ounce bottle thanks to Dave. Pours a copper swirl with a white head. The aroma is sweet hops and caramel. A very interesting brew; tastes a bit like a aged IPA- that sounds bad but it isn’t- sweet dry hops, little bite, caramel, not super sweet or hot. Interesting. Sledutah (7534) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2011
22oz bottle shared by SuperDave, thanks
Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Appearance: Dark ruby with a small beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Sweet caramel and dark fruit
Taste: Caramel and brown sugar
Good. No noted alcohols, surprised to see it’s 10.5%
Bottle shared by alexdado6. Poured clear reddish brown color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark fruit, earthy and small caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a complex good beer.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Lovely presentation. Thick copper colored wax with an insignia stamped into the wax covering the cap.
4.5 A: Clear or nearly clear medium to dark brown color. Two fingers of beige, frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is very good given the ABV and lacing is bountiful. Good looking brew.
4.5 S: This smells like tobacco with caramel and toffee drizzled all over it. Behind that there is plum, prune, raisin, and a light spiciness. Light toastiness and brown sugar. Hops are barely detectable, but offer a touch of earthiness. Booze is very well hidden. Rich and decadent.
3.5 T: This is a lot like the nose, only a bit weaker overall. Caramel, toffee, and tobacco are the strongest flavors again with the same secondary flavors. More toastiness than the nose. Booze is again well hidden. The problem is that right now this is way too bitter, especially for this being an English b-wine. Still, it’s not bad.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, though the bitterness reduces the smoothness slightly.
3.5 D: The sweetness to bitterness balance is tilted heavily toward bitterness. This might have been the design for all I know though. I heard this ages well and would the strong bitterness now will prevent this from getting cloying down the road. Anyway, this is a decent drink fresh. I have another bottle, so I might check it out again a few years down the road.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-07-2011 19:26:36 jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle: Dark amber pour with a creamy beige head. Not much in the nose apart from citrus and floral hops with a little hint of sweetness. Nice rich presence of malts, caramel and chocolate, with a lingering floral hoppiness. Drinkable now and potential to age... ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Appearance: Pours a deep, deep, dark mahogany body with a goodly foamy, yellow-beige head.
Smell: Sweetish scent of toasted sugars, toasted barley, and a mix of dark fruits and berries with an underlying note of sturdy English hops.
Taste: Commences with a big sweetness, though not overly sweet, and with a toasted maltiness, faintly nutty, and, in the distance, a very, very small hint of roast. Splash of liquor. Dark fruits. Spicy, earthy hops with ample bitterness. Bittersweet on the drying, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: This one kinda makes me think of an Imperial Irish Red Ale, though maybe I’m taking too much away from the word "Irish". Decent flavor, though the appearance and texture were quite nice.
tasting on 8/20/11. deep amber / copper color with a thin off white head. light sweet caramel nose. medium to full body with orange, caramel, grapes, apple, raisin... very sweet finish with more dark fruits.