NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe I’ve had too much barleywine tonight because this has that meaty, beef broth barleywine smell to it. Ruddy red-brown with a thick tan head. Molasses, cocoa, rum raisin bread and sweet dark fruits. Carbonation is a little soft and has me wonderinif some escaped as this seems to be a tad stale and soft. There is some musty wood and sugary cookie flavors as well.
PorterPounder (7108) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 750 ml bottle. Dark chestnut pour with an ever present thick khaki colored head that leaves a thick coat of sticky lacing. Very sweet enticing aroma of molasses, brandy, chocolate syrup and maple syrup. Flavor has most of the same flavors, with the alcohol making a brief appearance, but not making an obnoxious fool of itself. Pick up dates, figs, brown bread as well. Very warming and a good companion on a cold night. Mouthfeel is thisk and creamy and brandy-like.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy mist wafted from the bottle upon opening. Out poured a thick, brown brew with a frothy tan head. Close inspection revealed particles swirling in the carbonation in spite of careful handling. The aroma was strongly alcohol with notes of dried prunes, molasses, yeast, spice, oranges, anise. Full bodied and creamy. The flavor was fruity and spicy but with the alcohol evident. Somewhat like a mulled cider.
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is darker than I was expecting with a hazy dark leather body and a slightly darker than cream head. The aroma is a bit like artificial lemon, leather (oddly enough) and rum raisin. The flavor is on the dry side, with a touch of caramel and toast. Yeasty, but not excessively so. One of the more interesting tripels I’ve had.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a good whitish head. There was a ton of sediment in the bottle, so it was impossible to not pour some of it, too. The aroma is a wonderfully smooth blend of malt, wood, raisiny spice, alcohol, and musty cellar smell. The flavor is quite woody, but it doesn’t get unpleasantly tannic because of the balance with the caramelly, raisiny malt. There are also some unsweet fruit tones, something like, erm, pomegranate maybe. The finish is dry with just a whiff of hops. The alcohol warmth is there, but not overwhelming. A perfect accompaniment to a fine meal.
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
[At RBSG 2005] A brown beer with a small light brown beer. The aroma is sweet woody combined with notes of alcohol, and caramel. The flavor is sweet spicy and woody combined with alcohol and hints of cork.
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An elegant looking beer, deep ruby in color with a mountain of head lasting on top. Aroma was fruity, mostly candied orange peel. Flavor matched, lots of oranges, and unfortunately a load of the Rocs house flavor that I don’t really care for. As it warmed, the house yeast flavor faded thankfully into the background, and the dark fruits were allowed to come out and play with the candy sugar. All in all, not bad. I can see how some people really can groove on this stuff.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big vinous and sweet nose, prominent dark fruits and candy sugar on the palate with a soft and inviting mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth increases as the temp also does. Nice raisins and dates finish with a lingering sweetness.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown beer with a foamy beige head and lots of sugar and dark fruit in the nose. I got lots of chunks in the bottom of the bottle. This beer has a huge mouthfeel with very fruity plum and raison flavors and a syrupy sweetness. Not what I expect from a "triple" but I have to learn to check here first for style.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark redish brown with a tan foamy head. There are a lot of little bits of yeast floating around that takes away from the appearance. Malty, fruity aroma of figs, raisins, cherry, caramel, spices, and fruit bread. Very thick, full of flavor, and warming as it goes down. There are a lot of fruits in the flavor - mostly fig and cherry. Has a honey, nutty taste with a sligtly sour finish. Great mouth feel - lively carbonation, but not overly so.