chinchill (5071) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours clear dark brown with a very good head.
Aroma: fine except for a bit of vinegar
Flavor: smokey dark roast and a touch of hops, but mildly sweet. Hint of dates.
O: Decent-good for style. BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, and cookie malt, treacle, earthy and spicy hops with dates. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. blomster (289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2014
Not my style. Clear brown pour. Malty aroma, leather, caramel, little dusty. Not a fan. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Brown watery pour. Light roasty malt aroma. Medium malty roastiness with an ok bitter. Watery but good. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Backlog rating, thanks to many great ratebeerians. The smell is cardboard, dusty, malts, fruits, and ok. The look is amber, off white head, and clear. The taste is clear, malts, fruits, and alcohol.
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2013
Caramel, nuts, and a little metallic tinge in the aroma. Taste is sweet and malty. Lots of alcohol and a little bitterness in the finish. Good, but not great. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2013
One last winter beer for the last day of February, aka the cheapskate month. "The Sworn Enemy of Cabin Fever" and oddly on a shelf next to Berkshire’s Cabin Fever at the store. Dark roast aroma of brown sugar, plums and such. Dark cherrywood color. Gaahhh...the flavor is like wet fur and sour berries you might find on a prickly vine. Syrupy consistency that would be fine if it weren’t so sweet. Not for me. conway (2210) - - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a fluffy off white head, dissipating quickly to some nice lacing. Nose is a little weak but some roasted malts are apparent. Taste is also a lot of roasted malts but also adds some dark fruits and just a touch of hop bitterness to close. Nice soft palate. Tastes awesome but the other elements are holding it back from being great.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone johnnnniee (4346) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle from 2011.
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a smallish yellow white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. The aroma is quite sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar as well as a fair amount of dark pitted fruits and orange marmalade. Sweet dark sugary flavor is mixed with orange and dark sweet cherry and is cut with a touch of earth melanoidin and alcohol. Hints of smoke and roast round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I remember trying this fresher and it didn’t seem to meld well. With a bit of age on it this is a nice old ale. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2012
This one was quite good. Jan 2012 release. Could probably do with a bit more age. Good dryness as others have mentioned.