Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Paired quite nicely with the freedom cheese. Dark clear brown pour with good tan ring of head. Toasty caramel nose with more caramel and balanced hop flavor. also, lightly roasty and creamy body. Solid, not offensive. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Rich and dark brown pour with a thin lightly tan head. Nose is rich and dextrinous with an intensely green hop character and some citric notes. Caramel and toffee with some bitter chocolate in the flavor. Notes of molasses. Medium bodied with a low carbonation.
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Split the 750ml ceramic bottle. Poured a slightly clear caramel, medium dark color with a foamy off-white head. Aroma was malty, with a touch of roast, yeast. Flavor was sweet, relatively enjoyable - didn’t taste nearly as much like a Rogue beer (despite their use of Pacman yeast). For the price point I would most certainly not get this one again (it was about $20 bucks). BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
pours a caramel cola and smells like raisins and coffee. Flavor is a bit mailty with coffee and tobacco notes. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle tasted blind. Off-white head, foamy in texture lasts over a clear deep bronze body. Aroma is on the blander side. Cola, nutty, caramel, some fruit esters, light roast. Flavors are malt forward and lightly estery. Caramel, cola, bready. Somewhat watery. Nutty. Feels a bit thin for its size. Light carbonation.
ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a light beige, short-lived head.
paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Smell: A malty amalgam of toast, chocolate, and caramel given a small sprinkling of alcohol and with a fruity fig and raisin note undertone.
Taste: A sweetish taste of generously toasted malts, caramel, and a hunk of baker’s chocolate. Slight perceived silky, milky accent and a hint of nuttiness. Moderate degree of dark fruitiness. Softly leafy hops, though really not too much hop character or bitterness. Retains the initial maltiness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A well-mannered, malty, strong ale. However, I’m very happy to not have been to foot the bill for this steep-priced bottle.
Mahogany in color. Light head retention. Tan head. Lightly hopped, solid toasted malts. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Deep brown in color with an avarage foamy off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, slightly burnt toast, and chocolate. Taste is of toffee, caramel, light pear, and chocolate milk. kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle split with Mr. V in FLL. Pours a hazy, brown body with some ruby highlights. Moderate, tan head. Light roasty aroma with some chocolate, bread crust, and nuttiness. Flavor is full of medium coffee roast and milk chocolate, followed by caramel. Medium body is feels almost light because of med-high carbonation. Bitter roast works with the hops to bring the balance firmly into the bitter territory. Lingering light roast. Overall a tasty brew that would be better (in my opinion) if the carbonation would be dialed down a bit. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Tap @ Holiday Ale Festival... Poured dark brown with an off-white head. Not a totally complex beer. Lots of malt characters, burnt-charred, toasted grains. A little bit heavy on the body and palate. Hops provided an earthy spiciness.