Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
12.7 oz corked bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, candy, fruit. Very balanced and complex. long sweet finish. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Tap @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. Pours a dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Grape soda, caramel, candy sugar, toffee, apple, pear aroma. Somewhat cloying, grape, plum, big apple, caramel flavor. Fun to try but nothing special. Tmoney99 (15126) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Poured a cloudy brown color with am average tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark fruit and dark sugar aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and fizzy carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex brew. savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2013
Growler. Deep mahogany with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit, spicy yeast and mild alcohol. Flavor is lots of sweet toffee and dark dried fruit with some vanilla, alcohol and zesty spice. Medium to full body with a soft, smooth mouth feel. Great beer, I liked this slightly better than the plain version. Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2013
Aroma of dark fruits: dates, figs and of course plums. Slight chocolate. Pours deep brown with nice bubbles. Taste is big and chocolatey with plums, black cherry, and dates. Delicious and big.
TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. Very dark, murky brown with a short, brown head. Strong aroma of dark fruits, strong yeast, caramel notes and earthy notes. Taste is rather earthy with more dark fruit notes, caramel, sugary notes, an odd herbal or spicy note, strong yeast and sweet malt. Body is medium with a soft carbonation and moderate sugary stickiness. Ends with more earthiness, strong yeast, dark fruit, caramel notes, brown sugar, spicy notes and sweet malt. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
12oz corked bottle. Poured dark ruby purple color, small tan head. Aroma of dates, raisins, figs, plums. Taste is sweet dark fruit, port wine, raisins. Body is a bit thin but still a solid brew, alcohol well hidden. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Mahogany pour with minimal carbonation or head. Nose is sweet caramel, brown sugar, and plums. Very jammy, a hint of spice, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. Very light roasted malt. The flavor has an excellent plum character, plenty of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Light roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and mild spices. A hint of alcohol on the finish. Essentially flat. A little carbonation would have been nice. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2013
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 From a straight pour it’s purplish black like an eggplant with a soft full head of foam that fell fast but hugs the glass with soapy lace. Left a thin skin on top and has alcohol legs. Nose is really sweet and I’m immediately turned off. Big heavy malt, sugar, molasses and dough. Plums, more dark fruit sweetness and the subtlest of hop floral and spice underneath. Alcohol is peeking out. As it warms it opens up vinous and with some leather and tobacco . Taste is sweet and then some. Sugar, heavy and cloying. Plums are lost to the sugary sweetness and to the taste of prune. The malt is underplayed and could have used more roast, more toast, more depth and some biscuit. There was no hop presence to balance the sweetness and it was thick and syrupy. Yeast tries to offer up spice but is devoured by sugar. One dimensional. As it warmed it developed a bitterness from the alcohol. Without much carbonation the alcohol is fully on the palate and this hits the stomach like a big sweet donut. I could live without it. bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a deep almost ruby mahogany color with a dirty khaki foam. The nose is full of fruity molasses, soft fruit, caramel malt a touch of rustic earth. The palate is balanced nicely with a great burnt sugar backbone that is the perfect platform for the complex fruit to shine. Great fig, date and plum notes mingle with the dark earthy flavors, Long soft finish. Great beer that will be interesting to ut in the cellar.