superspak (5797) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2016 crazydiamond (48) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty, robust, well balanced and very warming. A solid representation of my favorite style!
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, light herbal/leather, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and solid complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal/leather, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/fruity yeast tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness/balance and solid complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some dryness as well. Light carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is okay; very thin for the style. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid Wee Heavy. All around good robustness/balance and solid complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Likely that this bottle is 4-5 years old, but it held up well. Very mild oxidation. A fairly enjoyable offering. flatmatt (1593) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2014
12 oz bottle, no date. Brown sugar molasses, raisin aroma. Flavors also if strong red wine grape, raisin, molasses, some aged hops. A fairly intense one that feels a little out of date, but is a great beverage. paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12 oz bottle...very malty with both sweet dark fruit and a pleasant sourish character to balance all the malt. Well done. Tmoney99 (14766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark clear brown color with an average fizzy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle. Caramel brown color, cloudy, thick with virtually no head. Aroma is heavy malt but also sour fruit. Finish is short and taste is dominated by the sour nature. Very different than I expected but it grew on me.