TaxiDriver (1847) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle. A strong sweet smell, very drinkable, light fruity. The small white creamy head has a short duration. The body is dark red. The taste is quite sour. The body is light to medium strong with a normal carbonation. thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Served from bottle into a Euro pint. Poured a nice copper color with a two finger off-white head. No lacing was apparent. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a slight oak hint. The flavor of this brew was sweet and had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nicely flavored brew that was quite refreshing. This was a very nice offering from Samuel Smith. Too bad it is a limited release... robforbes (2268) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2010
pours an almost cloudy dark amber with a medium size beige head, and good lacing. Travlr (26188) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2010
smell is of whisky, wood, malt, and some caramel.
taste is thick, toffee, some spice, malt, and some dark fruits hiding in the back, ends smooth and a tad bitter.
Bottle at Birroteca Tana di Luppolo. Clear amber color, edge head. Aroma of oak barrel and port wine. Taste starts malty, slightly sweet, with a whisky finish. Very nice. beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 7, 2010
reddissh copper colored beer, offwhite head. smells of dried plums, pears, raisins, woody, hoppy. tasts of woodresins, sherry-like, caramel-toffee, coffee, fruits, hops. aftertaste is bittersweet, fruitpunch, toffees.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Brownish apricot app with minimal white head. Aroma of sugar, resin, oak and raison. Barleywine-like flavor. Caramelized sugar, alcohol, maple, raison and oak. An interesting lemony, citrus additive as well rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
550ml bottle, amber-orangeish color, with a beige head, yeasty, toffee, toasted, biscuity malt nose with a winey, raisiny, plumy fruitiness, and some hints of wet oakiness, with a faint vinous aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, raw toasty, biscuity, caramel malt, winey, fruity, sour character with a mild ripe apple, juicy plumy, dark dried raisin flavour, with a hint of vanilla oakiness, leading towards a warming, winey, juicy plumy, raisiny finish. marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
Pours copper with a decent beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a hearty pale and caramel malt flavor with lots of treacle and a little dark fruit. The mouthfeel is carbonated and there is some lingering hop bitterness. alexsdad06 (10938) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2010
550 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma after some swirling gave sweet fruity and malty notes enhanced with vanilla and a touch of wood. The flavor is caramel malts, ripe fruits, apple cider, vanilla and some wood. Medium bodied; the alcohol remains hidden. Leighton (22507) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Pours a dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Nose of dark fruits, sweet malts and alcohol. Deep flavor, rife with toffee, vanilla, spices and raisins, along with quite detectable whiskey. Sweet and warm finish. A nice beer overall. (3.6)
Update: Shared a bottle at The Rake in London and really enjoyed it. A solid strong ale. (4.0)