EithCubes (4409) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Malty nose with vanilla, caramel, and airy fruity mildly Belgian yeast. Pours blood red edging brown with a rocky, quivering head. Sweet taste with some booze, yeast flavor and heavier fruit (red berry, cherry), brown sugar, low bitterness. Smooth and creamy medium body, simple and clean, works to satisfy.
Bookseeb (82) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance shows a very dark brown color supporting a fair head and lace. Smell is rich in dark fruits, sweet malt, cotton candy with a light spice in the back. Taste of the rich dark fruits, light spice and having a sweetness of cream soda, hops are there but not upfront leaving a nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A nice treat to sip upon.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown with big tan head. Aroma is spicy, a bit funky, with some dark malt. Flavor is dark fruit and just a whole bunch of flavors I can’t really decipher, but they blend together to make a damn fine beer.
tcane7 (1343) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours a red-amber with thick tan head that has a reddish hue. Malty and boozy. Notes of raisins, plums, figs, iron, with a bitter finish.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice rich caramel coloured body with a bright ruby glow, a thick, four centimetre tall tan head and some suspended particles throughout. Aroma of pungent yeast, wheat, malt, pit fruits, a ton of raisins and an earthy hoppiness noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong yeastie and caramel flavours throughout with a lot of earthy malt, some toffee and pit fruit notes and a pleasant spicey and almost floral bite at the end. Aftertaste shows some alcohol warmth, a bit of spices still, and a light cherry and concord grape flavour mixed with some chocolate notes too. Overalll, a good and rather complex beer - all in a perfect can. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 23-June-2011 sampled at home in Washington on the other end of the country on 17-November-2012.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vanilla-like oak and cinnamon aromas emerge from this murky, dark amber ale. Creamy, off-white foam takes a minute or two to drain down, leaving behind noticeable lacing. Once the foam dies down, you get barely perceptible alcoholic heat on the nose, followed by dark, dried fruits and a light Belgian funk. Some esters are present, but not very strong.
In the mouth, it is full-bodied with good carbonation. Lots of complex fig and raisin flavors up front, backed by caramelized sugars and warming spices (muted cinnamon, cloves, warm coriander notes) that mask the ABV very well. It wraps up with a clean, roasted malt and crisp hop combo.
Overall, a good Belgian dark that I wish was year-round. Good complexity to the nose and palate without crossing over into the overwhelming syrupy mess that many beers in this category stumble into in their quest to stand out.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
O lordy. Booze and ester city. Cold Spring strikes again. Some cherry flavor, tannic like bitterness, Belgian malt liquor. This is somewhat insulting haha and probably one of the worst ’Belgian’ beers I’ve ever had. doh.
thorongil2 (914) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(can) cloudy brown colour with a small brown head; aromas of fruit, figs; mostly dry complex flavour, good
KornDogg (517) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can served in snifter. Sour cherry, vinegar and alcohol aroma. Blackish amber body with thin head. Flavor begins sweet with fig followed by hints of oak, spice and vanilla with a sour aftertaste.
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From can dated 03/05/12, pours color of brown and red with nice head and light white lacing, medium carbonation, smells of malt, sugary, honey, resin and alcohol. Taste of malt. honey, raisin, fruits, and sweet oak taste with dry finish and some alcohol slight warming effect not to heavy, nice unique beer.