FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a lovely, dark, cloudy red-brown. The body is good and hearty, and the flavor is that of sweet malts, but with a lot of lactic sourness. I’d almost suggest someone try this beer and learn to enjoy it before trying Flemish sour ales. To me, this ale almost seems like a milder version of that. I really like it. Quality is what I’ve come to expect from Samuel Smith, which I think is probably the best brewery going in the UK. theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2010 Aroma is heavy burnt caramel. Oak is present. I can tell that this beer will be complex from the aroma. I can smell that it also has high alcohol content. Appearance is medium dark brown, hints of orange. Half finger tan head that does not disapate quickly. Nice lacing that will harden to the glass like merengue. Head pops over the top of my glass without spilling. Perfect for an english pint glass. Taste is very sweet and complex. Not cloying. Where to begin. Burnt caramel, apple, mild oak, raisin, toffee, cherry, nutty, vanilla, burnt toast, tobacco, roasty, earthy hops, peppery, slight hot alcohol. This is a beer you pick up flavors a full minute after the sip. It keeps going and going. Very complex. Beyond my palate. Palate is full. Alcohol hotness helps keep things in check and not bogged down. Overall this beer excellent and very complex. It is every great english ale flavor combined, and then condensed. tommann (3801) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2010
550ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is rasin, toffee malt and a hint of alcohol. Some wood. Toffee sweetness starts, raisin follows with a sweet, malty finish. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours a beautiful ruby with a thick head. Aroma is raisin and caramel. Flavor is very malt caramel and sweet, with toffee, dark fruit, oak, and maple syrup. Nice but gets difficult to drink after awhile with so much richness going on. Nice beer presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
Dark copper. Fair lasting head. Toffee, licorice and alcohol aroma. Thick locorice amber syrup flavour. Lots of alcohol. Like a messy, sloppy treacle, alcohol thin tasty treat. Not stellar but freakin’ interesting.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Hazy brown, her white head fades fast into a thin ringlet. There is no apparent lace to be found nor any remains of her head other than the collar she wears. That’s okay though because an overly ambitious head would just get in the way of her even more overly ambitious nose. Sweet, vinous, fruity, and ripe with dates and raisins. Molasses whispers while cinnamon sugar and brown sugar adorn, unusually so, plums and apricots; fresh jam anyone? Candied sugars, maraschino cherries, and a solid showing of port and sherry character bring me to the old wood she was aged in. Peat brushes my nose and I dip right back in to capture some more; yes indeed, there is a subtle showing of peat and earth behind each sweet and spicy dark fruit port essence of her nose. While her wood-tinged port and sherry notes were in the back of her nose, in her palate they are front and center from first quaff to last. Silky smooth, her body glides across my tongue while coating my lips with plum and apricot. My palate dries almost immediately, creating an insatiable thirst for more, and so I happily oblige. Mixed in with her dry wood notes are cinnamon sticks for added spice even as apricot jam and marmalade slather themselves atop dry toast while raspberries and black plums tantalize. Nothing lingers but an apparent dryness of breath which reminds me of supping an old red wine or old woody port. The more we acquaint ourselves, the more I come to the conclusion that within her complexity, she is a rather simple beer made exquisite by how well her major flavor profiles work together for the ultimate in sessionable barrel-aged beer quaffing.
MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
I can and will easily recommend this beer to anyone looking for a good sit down session where your mind, body, and soul are in that perfect medium of not too much and not too little. For your wine friends who still scoff ignorantly at your beer, pour them some of this and see if they don’t change their mind.
Alcohol and wood, dried fruit, and malty aroma and flavor. This beer tastes a bit stronger than it’s ABV IMO. I got a good whif of bourbon right out of the bottle, and it carried through the last sip. Some yeasty undertones as well. This is perhaps a little more dry and bitter than I prefer, but a nice strong ale, and you can appreciate the aging. I ust get a boozy cling on my tongue. Very little head if poured according to the bottle instructions, and a fair amount of solids in the bottom. A nice ruby brown beer that hints at the strong flavor to come. Tasted from the bottle @ 65F. RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2010
pours a deep ruby color with a nice off white head and no lacing. sweet molasses aroma with some fresh fruit. taste is woody with fruit and nice alochol finish. finol (3427) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
Pours mahogny with some head.
A bit vinous, malty and some oaky carachtere. hirigalzkar (3203) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours red-brown with a small white head. Oak, hops and roasted malt in the aroma. The taste has got a strange rough quality with the roasted malt and the oakiness.