BelgianBeerGal (4249) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle that I have no idea where I bought it or how old it is. Nice looking pour with a chestnut brown color and a medium, foamy tan head. Aroma is lighter than expected with some caramel and light hops but maybe a metallic hint. A little more roasted notes in the flavor and some flat bitterness. Okay I suppose. BigHoss (172) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Dark amber, roasted malt, sweet caramel, and fruity. Nice Hops and clean finish, smooth.... DuffMan (10762) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Very hazy, medium amber with a short-lived head. This beer has the nuttiest aroma of any beer I’ve ever tasted: crazy true pecan aroma, dusty undertones, brown bread, sunflower seeds. This is a malt sandwhich and I love it! Nutty and bready malt flavours with fruity accents; dry peanut-skin bitterness. Actually a wonderful showcase for well structured malts. A nice surprise. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
26-Jun-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased xx-Jun-09 for $6.49 at South Bay Drugs & Liquor in Imperial Beach, CA) For 25 years, Widmer has been bringing us decent, everyday craft beer, rarely exceptional, but also rarely unpleasant. While not exceptional, this 25th Anniversary beer represents a step up for this veteran brewery. Poured into a goblet, the beer is deep-amber to medium-brown in color with a creamy, dark-tan head that rises to half an inch before settling to a thin layer and wide ring. Sweet and very malty nose offers significant breadiness and a bit of grassy hops, but it also has unexpected aromas of dark fruits, dates and ripe bananas in the background. On the palate, the beer is packed with flavor; it’s fruity, malty and very sweet, in general, the malts being dense and fairly bready in character. Hops are floral and a bit grassy and they remain in the background, but the moderate bitterness tries to counter the strong sweetness of the malts. Again, that date and banana character is fairly prominent, and that just seems a bit odd for an altbier, "imperialized" or not. The beer is full-bodied on the palate, fairly heavy, thick, dense, and a bit cloying. Carbonation is low to moderate, and the mouthfeel is generally smooth. Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable beer, but is it really a style that should ever be "doubled?" Nevertheless, it’s good to see Widmer taking more chances, and hopefully that trend will continue for future special releases. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle:   Burnt caramel, moderate to large fizzy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Malty nose, bready, slight soy, some heat detected.   Heavy breadiness, or should I say maltiness.   This is one malty SOB.   Fairly full bodied, mouthfeel is somewhat heavy.   Not sticky, but feels heavy. &bnsp Trying to figure out which Widmer beer they "suped" up to get this.   Must be their Altbier, which isn’t bottled.   Twice the ABV...   Decent heavy malty beer.   Finishes with a minor soy and dark pitted fruit that lingers.   Other than that, malt forward beer.   Would be great with a meat stew or something... something really hearty.   Would prefer this one with a hearty meal as it can be a bit challenging to finish on its own.
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Sampled on 7/31/10. This American Strong Ale pours a dark amber brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are roasted, chocolate, fruity and semi-sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Good carbonation. A touch of alcohol bite at the finish, but mostly fairly smooth tasting. Lots of semi sweet malt flavors, with a touch of hops. Hides the alcohol fairly well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Dark, coffee-like color with a thick, dense head. Aroma is of toasted bread - very malty. Taste is much like a barley wine - a bit sweet or syrupy with very dark fruit flavors, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. marcus (10869) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
On tap at Fredfest. Pours dark brown with a decent beige head and a spicy molasses aroma. The flavor is treacle with a bit of chocolate and raisin. BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2010
22oz bomber from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a deep, reddish-brown body with a bit of off-white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma of sweetness, stone fruits, caramel, toffee and some smokiness. Flavor follows the nose: Sweet, alcohol, dark fruits and candi sugar. Finish is lightly bitter and short. This was a lot better than expected. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
22oz. bottle, dated 4/15/09. Sweet, toasty aroma, very lightly fruity and spicy with notes of earthy hop, dark bread, cocoa, mild raisin, clove and a hint of licorice. Clear dark brown in color with a fine, very slight head and lacing. Flavor profile is bittersweet, with suggestions of spice bread, tangy, dark fruit, toasted malts, and definable hops and alcohol towards the dry finish. Gently effervescent, full and warming on the palate, body is substantial. Not quite like anything I’ve had before, and some nice interplay here. A tad boozy.