papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017 Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 swing top 1.5 liter bottle poured very black with fizzy dark tan head. Nose is burnt strong coffee. Deffinatelly taste the dark fruit. Raisins and dates, touch of earth and trace alcohol. There is a strong coffee and bitter harshness here and a low level of carbination.
Appearance: Big, black body but as i’m pouring i notice dark brown. Regardless, nothing penetrates through this. Nice cascading effect in the first glass i pour into (my wife’s). Big, dark tan head, kind of like a mocha or espresso coffee (ironic).
Smell: Intoxicating is all i can say. Aroma was wafting around as i poured. Strong whiskey, dark chocolate and smooth coffee. It never lets go right doewn to the last sip. It’s a little bit strong but i like it a lot.
Taste: Wow, very timid. It opens up a little as it gets to room temp but still fairly discreet. A nice bitterness of hops maybe? Hard to pick out the coffee but it’s there as more of a soft espresso. Soaked with oak on the edges (yeah i know but it’s the only word that comes to mind). Not quite what i expected. At this level of ABV and all the flavors involved, i would have liked a bit more complexity. It still tastes good though.
Mouthfeel: Majorly smooth and creamy. Remarkably low carbonation (bordering on none) despite the "pop" of the swing-top. Still, it feels very comfortable on the palate. Body is lighter that i would have thought.
Reviewed on: 09-08-2009
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #20. Vermont Brewer’s Fest, July 2008, sample 13 (draught). Opaque ebony, thick and tarry-looking, thick lasting light brown bit of foam topping it...intense cocoa-vanilla nose, not as sweet as that might sound as there are some light resinous hop leaves strewn about, with some hints of toasted almonds...beautifully modulated on the tongue, with that cocoa and vanilla providing more sweetness than the nose expected, but the hops keeping it from becoming burdensome, and a bit of coffee and cherry thrown in for some interest...very faint lactic sourness complements rather than distracts from this jewel...no real alcohol presence until it goes down the gullet. Really nice, shame this was probably the first good beer - and last beer at all - that I had from this place. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle at fantasy tasting at Paul’s. Black pour with tan head. Black malt, chocolate, roasted, vanilla, oak, and bourbon tones. AirForceHops (7820) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
2009 bottle shared at the RBNG by mcox90. The aroma shows hints of espresso beans, old vanilla and loads of chocolate malts. Reynolds314 (3477) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Flavor has a large level of roast. Caramel, muddled espresso character with some creamy texture, charred malt and sugar with hints of anise. The whiskey is just a very mild hint at this point, just barely there.
Overall for a 5 year old bottle this aged really nice. A little oxidized but still very tasty. The 10 % ABV is no longer found and drinks very easy. This was a really nice treat of a New Hampshire classic that is starting to vanish off the face of the Earth. Thanks Mike!
2009 bottle shared by mcox. Good stuff if a bit past its prime. Some coffee still remain with toffee, burnt toast, raisins are heavy on the finish and light soy. A bit oxidized but really not that bad for a 5 year old swing top. I enjoyed this.
AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Nice and dark, 3 year old flip top, right? Nose is cocoa and like vanilla pepsi cola. chocolate ice cream. roasted coffee beans with prunes. radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
mcox supplied the bottle. Many thanks! More watery than I thought it was capable of being; a little smoky with notes of milk chocolate, grill char, and London yeast. I could have this again. Sure why not? A little big, but it was harmless. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Shared at RBNE meetup, oxidized and rich, light coffee is faded and in the background, a little stale, very very roasty and ashy. Hops are still in there with a hoppy bitter finish which really saves it. It was great to try, I was a fan. Thanks! WillRunForBeer (2766) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2009 bottle. Taste at RBNG. Thanks, mcox! Pours coca cola brown, justa bit of bubble left. Aroma has dark chocolate, dark fruit, multigrain bread. Dark chocolate, coffe, soy, molasses. squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Just as the previous review, a blue wrapped one liter bottle dated 2008. Hangin’ right in there. Really, better than my memory of the last time I had it, which was a bottle from the very same case about three years ago. Pours dark, of course, with a thin, soft, beige lacing that quickly spreads to the edges. Subtle, enticing aromas of wet, dark, caffeinated earth. Wonderful unctuous, yet refreshing texture. Soft, roasted, dry malts and slightly bitter chocolate with a beautiful sweet/sour balancing all through the mid-palate. This was our last bottle, maybe at its apex, hmmm?