drjay44 (3830) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2010
550 ml. bottle. Vintage 2008. Pours an initially large off white head, which gradually collapses over a clear dark amber (SRM 10) body.........nose is caramel/toffee, bit of cheese, and light dried fruits......taste initially is sweet malt with a bit of toffee/caramel, then dried cherry and raisin, followed by light hop bitterness, alcohol and wood both are well hidden.....mouth feel is medium to slightly chewy, carbonation low. This is a very subtle beer. Every thing balances out nicely, and is done with a very gentle hand. It has all of the qualities it should, and is not over done. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7 blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2010
bottle, via trade with sprinkle, orange amber colored with bubbly foam, aroma of caramelly sour fruit, flavors of caramel with sour fruit and some watery malt keidjxz (184) - Fullerton, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a pleasant white head. Aroma consists of caramel, bread, resin, raisins, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is cloyingly sweet which tastes almost sour and has a little bitterness present with the alcoholic yet lively mouth feel. Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
Brown with a dense yellow head. Fruity aroma of peach, mango, pineapple, raisins and a bit of oak and smoke. Sweet sugarish flavour with a dry bitterness. MeadMe (1683) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.
A: Pours light orange with a rather small head.
S: Sweet malt aromas with notes of brown sugar and light booze.
T: Sweet candy malt, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Light oak from the barrel.
M: Medium in body, pretty nicely carbonated.
D: Not too bad. Worth a try.
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a an amber body with an off white head. Oak y body with dark fruit raisins, dates, light fig and some vanilla hints, the aroma is nice with just a hint of astringency. A bit rough around the edges showing a bit too much etoh with a light vodka esk booziness with mild fruit tones and toffee. Decent offering. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle [550ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a deep amber with an average size mostly-lasting creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, a hint of nuts and some booze. Flavour of caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit and some alcohol. Medium bodied. Very good, well done. scoth (690) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Pours hazy copper-brown, with a medium beige head, fine and lasting lacing. Woody, vanilla aromas, with notes of toast, figs, caramel, citrus, and grass. Medium body, velvety, zesty, crisp. Honey sweet flavor, vanilla and spice, softly sweet dark fruit mid-palate with notes of raisin bread, and a mild earthy and grassy finish. The English ale yeasts are most apparent in the finish. A touch sweet overall, but quite nice. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
550 ml bottle, brewed in 2008. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a copper/brown color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing. Aroma is pretty interesting, I can smell caramel and bready malt, dark fruit (cherries, raisins), oak, booze and some tart apples. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (figs, raisins), oak, caramel, tart apples, molasses and some pears. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth and it’s easy to drink. I’d buy this again in the future, I think it’s a good overall brew. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos. Pours a brilliant but slightly hazy reddish-amber color with a one-finger whitish head. Aroma is fruity and malty mostly. Raisin, cherry, oak, and caramel stand out. Flavor is very nice and fruity. Cherry, raisin, and other fruits, oak barrel, caramel, toffee, and spiced pudding. I had heard this described as a bit sour, but I found it to be only mildly tart. Smooth on the palate with medium-body and no hint of the 8% ABV. Nice beer overall, I like this a lot.