bu11zeye (12516) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz can) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium cream head. Aroma of herbs, raisins, dates, nuts, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, raisins, brown sugar, cherry, and plum.
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a light tan head, that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is fairly strong and sweet, dark fruit, figs, yeast, lots of sugars. Balanced and creamy flavor containing dark fruit, figs, raisin, plums, bready dark malt and some molasses. The finish has a slight mild bitterness or alcohol bite. Smooth and creamy, with the alcohol well hidden. A very sessionable Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
deyholla (9631) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can at the 2010 March Metro Detroit tasting. Poured a dark amber red that was a touch hazy and a white head. Aroma had lots of spice notes (cinnamon) and yeast notes. Flavor was similar with nice spices and sweeter grain notes and yeast notes as well.
ilovedarkbeer (2675) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to blutt59? Notes of burnt biscuits, raspberries, faint chocolate, and charred wood. I like my quads sweeter.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
can thanks to Brooha, pours deep ruby red with a tall light tan head. Aroma is boozy lots of alcohol and spice. Some clove and peppermint, lots of yeast and cinnamon. Flavor is rich malts, very bready and tons of yeast and sweet raisin and candied sugar. I really like this.
IndianaRed (3420) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
out of a can (I seem to be starting more of my ratings this way...) pours a murky reddish brown. Small light tan head. Nice aroma of apple butter, pitted fruits and caramel. Slightly wooden and earthy. Flavor is much less subtle. Some of the same caramelized sugars but a fairly sharp woody and boozy flavor. Some spices, and a little metallic. Softly carbonated and a rich malty palate.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clearish mahogany pour wearing an initially medium off-white foam that switfly leaves its throne. Rather sugary nose where yeast phenols bring clovey and leathery character with a small medicine component. Banana bread, toast, plums, pear and mint complete the portrait. This ain’t particularly well balanced, lacking in attenuation and leaving a sticky feel, the tiny-bubbles carbonation not quite alleviating the sweet fig puree and sugary toastiness. Displaying minimal herbal notions in the finish with a growing minty, vanillaish with a toothpaste-like tightness borderline tannic, greatly contrasting with the sweetness, yet not removing the slickness. Not the depth of a sipper, not very drinkable either. In terms of palate, this is not quite there.
SudsMcDuff (7660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Freetail’s, before opening for the OBR bottle release .. Pours out a dark brown .. not a quad, the abv is too low, but a super brew, mild and enjoyable.. go for it if you see it! .. . Go! Move it, will ya? Aw, you’re letting him blow right by ya! Can you believe this guy? Come on! Don’t just...! Ninja-kick the damn rabbit! Do something!
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had from can, poured into sifter - freshly bought less than a week earlier in San Francisco. I don’t know if I expected more, or maybe I remembered it differently when I tried this beer over a year ago, but I felt a little bit let down this time around. Pours a dark reddish brown with very little head. Smells of fruits, malts, and sugars. Taste is sweet, subtle, not complex at all. Sweet flavors linger with hint of alcohol at the end. My fond memories were not at all satisfied this time around. May have to re-rate if I can ever get it on tap at 21st Amendment.
TizzleJizzle (760) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Texas Bluebonnet Brew-off 2010. Poured a red-brown color with a nice tan head. It smelt of hay, banana, and slight chocolate. Tasted of sweet caramel and brown sugar. Wow, this is a great brew!