13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12 oz bottle from Ben. Deep brown colored pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma and taste is molasses, chocolate and a slight roasted coffee note. Finish is some roastiness and caramel. rougeau13 (2954) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Really dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, caramel, coffee and light spice. The taste is akin to a thin imperial stout. Rich chocolate, wood, roast and coffee dominate. Then there’s a mild bitterness in the finish. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation and a mild alcohol presence. Nice. Travlr (24262) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Draft. Dark brown color, nice beige head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, candied dried fruit, burnt caramel. Taste has plums, raisins, dark roast. Very tasty. Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Pours a dull yet still clear brown with a thick frothy khaki head. Aroma is light, some toasty malt.
Taste is smooth, roasty malt that’s not at all spicy. Dark caramelized flavors, semi-sweet brown malt with some nutty brown sugar but the overall effect is not overly sweet at all. Very, very faint trace of hops in the middle, hints of smoke, maybe some dry dark cocoa. Finish is clean and slightly bitter, no trace of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, almost lager-like, which exposes the brewer’s well-known preference for lagers. Exists somewhere between a clean brown ale and an old ale. Bottles are better than keg; I could drink this all year round. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle shared with my friend Brian. Pours a deep mahogany with a diminishing off white head. Pleasant aroma of berries, spice, and mild chocolate. Nice medium to medium light mouthfeel, more like a session than a typical strong ale. Aroma carries into the flavor. Flavor of plums, caramel, chocolate, berries, accented by some subtle spice. Not overly sweet. There is not much hop bitterness in this one. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, and makes this very dangerous. A very pleasant surprise. I would recommend that you ask for this when trading with Dallas ratebeerians. However, I would put this in the spice/herb/vegetable category, not American Strong Ale.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2011
12oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a deep brown colored body with some amber highlights. Finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is malty and fruity sweet. A good amount of plums, dates, and raisins with a nice cocoa and caramel. Nutty with some very light spices and a hint of toast. Flavor is similar. Lots of plums and raisins with a solid caramel and cocoa maltiness. More spices than the aroma, a touch of roast, fruity esters, a light herbal hop, and a bit nutty before this finishes smooth and dries thanks to some spices and the light roasty bitterness. Nice, balancing fruity malts too. Lengthy aftertaste following a soft and smooth, medium-full body and a moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, a nice beer. Well rounded with a pleasant fruity maltiness, some spices, and a touch of roast. Very enjoyable and I look forward to trying the BA version. drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle thanks to fratto! Mild sweet caramel/malty aroma with a sweet, malty flavor that is somewhat one dimensional but quite nice and very clean. Terminus (3676) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Tap at a bar in the Ft Worth Stockyards district (same one that served Buffalo Butt)-pours deep brown almost black with a hightly pronounced kacki head. nose of big roast, sugary chocllate, anise with some pronounced sweetness detected on the nose. flavors show the sweetness, but it is well rounded out by the awesoem aspects spice, dark malt, clean yeast quality, and heavy dark chocllate. lots of husky bitterness here not due from hops. a very tasty beer for sure! djd07 (14354) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small frothy beige head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt with caramel and roast. Thin mouthfeel with a rich malt and chocolate with a bready finish. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol well. A good English strong ale from Rahr. cgarvieuk (24156) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2013
bottle at jans appartment manchester .... deep dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... deep dark cherry roast nose... little fizzy dark malts ... dark roast ... chewy toffee ... soft dark malts ... chewy toffee ...