blipp (9501) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Draft. Pours near black with a thin beige head. Light malty aroma with some light chocolate sweetness. The flavor is on the bland side, with sweet malts and caramel. Decent. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a black color with a white foam head. Aroma of caramel and vanilla to smooth it out. Sweet caramel taste with a nice hop hit and nice vanilla notes. Smooth and creamy. Very delicious. shrubber85 (11506) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle. Creamy chocolate malt and herbal hay aroma. Dark brown color with small head. Lightly sweet chocolate malt and lightly bitter hay/herbal flavor. Okay but I guess the $25 was more for the collectible swing-top bottle and not the beer inside. Gachupines (1252) - USA - NOV 6, 2011
Extremely dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is strong dark fruit. Flavor is sweet but full bodied. Malt is heavy in the aftertaste. Not much hops present. Strong beer, surprisingly drinkable and makes a good companion for dinner. Overall, worth trying but as many have said it’s a bit overpriced so I probably won’t seek it out again (unless it’s on tap somewhere). 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2011
bottle. dark cola brown. first whiff is oxidized caramel malt (reduced plum / maple / black cherry), semi-sweet, with secondary notes of metal, mild roast / toasted grain, stale bread crust and excessively dirty yeast (old egg-shells). the spoiled milk notes signal infection, and i actually did a little googling to see if this was put in oak, because both the oxidation cardboard / wet wood and the dirty spoiled milk could be explained. alas, no barrel treatment, just a poorly executed kitchen-sink strong caramel malt bomb. granted, all of these negative attributes wane as it warms, but they’re still present and impossible to ignore. medium-full body with rough malt throughout and strong acidity that doesn’t allow the chocolate, semi-sweet plum and sweet tobacco to do their work. they show up, especially when warmed, and even more so late on the tongue, but it doesn’t save this one. disappointing.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sampled on 10/15/2011. This American Strong Ale pours a very dark brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel and a touch of raisins. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Definitely PacMan yeast. Lots of dark fruits, plums, raisins and apricots. Some brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours cloudy amber with a small, bubbly beige head. Nice lacing left by the head which disappears quite quickly. Nose is mainly sweet raisins, upon warming darker fruits come out with a touch of caramel and toffee tones. Also has a note of condensed milk. Lots of toffee and butterscotch come out in the taste with a touch of dark fruits and the same condensed milk note to it. Everything comes together quite well. If it weren’t for the bottle (jacking up the price) I would have it again. Too sessionable jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle (ceramic). Pours a dark brown with a thick brown head. Aromas of butterscotch/caramel, roasted malts and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Flavors of caramel/butterscotch, roasted malts, heavy breads with hints of coffee, chocolate and tobacco in the finish. A little expensive, but a very good beer.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2011
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. The aroma is full of nuts and toffee. I seem to remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue tasting similar to this beer, but it has been a long time since I have had it. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee malt with some cocoa and nuttyness. There is a cream flavor to the beer as well. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice, but not worth the price. lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
dark brown tinged with red when held up to light. very little head, moderate lacing. smells of roasted malts, caramel, and some dark fruit. good flavor, deep, full body, carbonation like a root-beer. Reminds me of a roasty, less sweet root beer.
Would have it again. Wouldn’t pay a high price if it weren’t for that killer bottle.