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 (4925) - 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 (827) - 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 (3524) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
Pours mahogny with some head.
A bit vinous, malty and some oaky carachtere. hirigalzkar (3292) - 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. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2010
(550ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) opaque almost ruddy orange-brown with a lasting cream head. Nose of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, sweet caramel and light metallic notes. Taste of metal, alcohol, golden raisins, sweet caramel, yeast with a medium body that is well carbonated. Some nice warming alcohol in the finish as well. larsniclas (7284) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Bottled from Systembolaget.
Deep amber. Small tan head.
Sweet and frutiy with resin in both aroma and flavour.
Also some chocolate-flavpir. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Roasted cocoa and nut aroma. Malty chocolate flavor, roasted with cocoa and resin.