5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle:   Burnt caramel in color, thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Strong biscuity nose, malty, very pale caramel.   Heavy biscuity flavors on the tongue, malty, slight cereal.   Has a slight peat aspect to it as well.   Backside is mealy and biscuity.   This is one malt oriented brew!   Very much a solid example of an English Strong Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Having had the barrel aged version I can say that I prefer that one, however this one reveals more of the underlying flavors that were a bit subtle in that other version.   The 8% ABV is well hidden.   Comes across to me as a solid example of a nice malty/mealy/peaty English type Strong Ale.   Good stuff!   Thanks Bill for the bottle! blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
bottle, dark brown color with nice medium head, aroma of fruity cocoa, flavor is stout with some dark fruit and roast malt, finish is smooth Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle: Courtesy of bu11zeye via trade. The aroma is very roasty with roasted malt and hints of nuts along with some faint caramel. It pours a transparent brownish-red with a small off-white head that quickly fades. The flavor starts with moderate dark fruits with a light roastiness that lingers throughout. The fruitiness sweetens a tad in the finish along with some light bitterness and faint caramel. There is just a touch of alcohol flavor in the finish, but no real warmth. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells herbal, vegetal and sweet. Tastes of pepper, earthy, tea, spicy, light. Enjoyable. JK (6280) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
Bourbon aroma. Dark brown appearance. Mild bourbon flavor. Sweet malt. It is ok. Sweet malt aftertaste.
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
(draught at brewery) pours clear brown with ruby highlights and very little head. Nose is subtle but hints of nuts, roasted malts and coffee. Taste of hairspray, nuts, sweet malt, Roasted malt over-dried fruit and finishes warming and bitter. One of rahr’s better beers honestly. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2010
The beer pours dark brown to black with a smallish tan head. There is not too much aroma but what is there is mainly molasses and roasted malt. I really expected more aroma from a beer like this. The flavor is better than the smell. Roasted malt is the main flavor but malt sweetness and spices are also present. The spices are somewhat muddled but I think nutmeg and cinnamon are in there somewhere. The beer is not too complex but is not a bad beer. Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer is very creamy which is the best aspect of the beer.
It should be noted that this beer appears to vary in carbonation. I have had several of these this year and the carbonation has varied from almost non-existent to medium. The carbonation definitely helps the beer. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Sampled from 12-oz bottle and shared by moelikebeer. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, cloves, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of roasted caramel malt, a hint of molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Finish is more towards the malty side with a clove and herbal aftertaste. A typical Christmas sliced strong ale. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
The body is a clear, dark brownish amber and the head consists of a film of bubbles that soon evaporates. It’s got a mild roasted malt aroma with burnt caramel and bitter nuts. Very thin and watery, which makes me surprized by the 8% ABV. The roasted malt continues into the flavor along with a light fruitiness and, finally, a touch of alcohol that’s acompanied by some earthy nuts. I almost like this and would probably drink it again.markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
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Thanks to drowland for the share at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours dark red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa, slight fruit, nuts, and an interesting background sweetness. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a lot of porter quality to this one. Medium bodied and decent overall.