ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Served a dark black color with a touch of red mixed in and a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet rich dark fruits with some prune and date with some rich slightly toasted caramel malts, some Belgian yeast, and a touch of booze.
T - Starts off with some sweet rich dark fruits with some fig, date, and raisin with some lightly roasted caramel malts. Through the middle, some richer and deeper malts come through with some residual sugars and some light Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of dark fruit sweetness, yeast, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Pretty good balance of flavor and the body is big enough to hold all of the flavors and sweetness.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the 6th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/12/2011. This Abbey double pours a medium brown color from the firkin. Medium sized white/tan foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, brown sugar and alcohol. A medium bodied double. The malts are fruity and sweet, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. The hops are earthy. Soft carbonation. Touch of alcohol. Very smooth. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Ratman197 (8846) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of clone, black pepper, jasmine, toffee, carmel, dark fruit and candy sugar. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, clove, pepper and light floral notes with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Firkin at the Bistro Barrel fest. It pours dark red with notes of cherry, oak, and brown sugar in the aroma. The flavor is primarily oak, cinnamon, plums, raisins, and a nice earthy balance to it. This was really nice.
bhensonb (10186) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Bistro BA fest (firkin). Pours dark brown with a few bubbles. Dark bourbon notes in the aroma. Full bodied. No real carb. Quite black malt with a lot of vanilla. Incredibly smooth.
Sledutah (4066) - Utah, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at 21A
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and very little lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits and raisin
Taste: Dark fruit, caramel and candy
Clean and crisp, nice.
brokensail (9828) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a dark brown/mahogany color with lots of red highlights and an off-white head.
S: The nose opens up with plums, cherries, raisins, and some other miscellaneous dark fruits. Sweet caramel and toffee are present as well, but not all that impressive overall.
T: More bitter than I would have expected for this style of beer. A fairly substantial roasted malt presence along with dark fruits, caramel, and some overdone toffee. Perhaps it’s from the fruit notes, but I get a little bit of a port flavor out of this.
M: The body is medium with a smooth, creamy carbonation.
D: A really weird flavor profile. A bit too much roast and bitterness for my liking.
marcus (5878) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with a very dry bitter finish.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at 21st Amendment.Clear crimson-brown in color with a large lasting tan head. Aroma has a slight mustiness that is a bit off-putting, but besides that it’s sweet malt, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast. Nice Belgian flavor with sweet caramel and spices. Smooth on the palate with medium-plus body. Not a bad beer, if not amazing.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a fizzy white head. Chocolate aroma and taste with citrus fruit notes and a bready finish.