flatmatt (1608) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours deep red with an off-white head. Aroma has a yeasty tone on top of a body of raisin and plum, with red apple, earthy, toffee elements. Flavor has a yeasty twang to the whole thing, raisin and plum covered in earthiness, cocoa, toffee again and red apple. Very, very nice. FROTHINGSLOSH (8139) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Sampled on draft this beer poured a very dark brown color with no head at all and no lacing. The aroma was cherry cola and wood. The flavor was cherry cola, faint molasses, wood and tobacco. Medium length finish with cherry cola and tobacco lingering. Medium body though a bit undercarbonated. Eh. j12601 (13091) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany brown with a large dense tanned beige head. Light cocoa and dark rich malt, a touch of dark fruit. Medium bodied, smooth malt, warm smooth touches of alcohol. Cocoa, a bit more warmth and lingering yeast. Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Aroma is intense with tootsie roll, dark fruits, and notes of molasses. Pours deep brown/red with a substancial lingering head. Taste is equally intense with many of the same fruit/chocolate notes. Finishes with just a little wood. Great brew. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown and with some haze. The aroma is plummy and a little bit raisiny. Sweet and soft body with light plums, hints of dates, brown sugar and the finish has some alcohol. Not ultra-complex but a good, clean, enjoyable quad.
mar (5439) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2012
deep brown pour with a cream fluffy head. now is dried fruits, big caramel malts, yeast, spices, alcohol, and sweet. great on the palate, big dark fruits up front, followed by alcohol burn, rich caramel, toffee, and a smooth finish. Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Corked bottle: Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with hints of yeast, banana, and a mild alcohol presence. Malty flavor is rich with hints of dark fruits and caramel. Has a sticky creamy texture with a roasty finish. A fairly well-balanced beer that is intense and delicious. BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Poured dark brown, dark but thin head. Thinner palate. Alcohol present with roasty notes. Real nice and reminds me a classic Belgian brew. Happy to see another new product from Sierra Nevada. Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2012
This was a very tasty brew from Sierra & their new friends the monks! Great color. Good body. This beer is strong, but well balanced with a solid malt backbone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pours mahogany with red-orange highlights and a creamy head (in a tall, non-goblet glass anyway). Aroma of raisin, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, graham cracker, and toast. Flavor of raisin, toast, brown sugar, earth, caramel, slight red wine or vinous notes, and a certain "mustiness" to it. Finishes with earth, mustiness, moderate bitterness, crackers, slight fruit, and a bit of a drying sensation. Medium-heavy body, high carbonation with a kind of fluffy mouthfeel, hot with alcohol. Overall, I remember thinking this was pretty well done. Not awesome, but good.