DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle purchased at Total Wine and More in Sacramento, CA. Opens with a thunderous pop. The aroma on this is nice enough, with some lightly sweet fruity esters, and some dusty esters as well.I can’t help but to pick up fruity raspberry aromas, which is A-OK in my book. Nicely aromatic. Mostly transparent, very fizzy cola-colored body with a cola-colored head that is medium and has decent retention. Quite a fizzy head, though. Starts fruity, and a bit overly carbonated. I detect that same raspberry that I get in the aroma, although it is very fleeting here in flavor. The beer then becomes a little caramelly, nutty, and somewhat toasted and sweet again. It dries out towards the end, and finishes with a bit of a woodiness. I think this is a nice beer. I just wish the carbonation was turned down, and it would be a 4+ beer.
reggiedunlop (3473) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog...late 2011/early 2012...bottle...pours deep amber/ruby with a thick and foamy tan head. Aroma is very fruity...candy sugar, fig, raisin, some candied fruits. Flavor is very sweet with candy sugar, plum, fig, and a touch of leather. Mouthfeel is full and sticky with an earthy/leathery dry finish thatcuts the sweetness.
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2014 Roman belongs to those old-time breweries that traditionally produce the local brown beer (’Oudenaards bruin’) and this one, created in 2008, is essentially a rerun of the former Roman Dobbelen Bruinen, but with a more contemporary look. Tasted under both the current "Dark Gold" name and the former "Finest Dark" name, but it’s the same beer, they were obliged to change the name after a complaint from Anthony Martin’s, creator of the "Gordon Finest" range, for plagiarism. Thinnish, beige, stable head, dark mahogany colour, nose of caramel, dates, nuts, passion fruit, vaguely some iron, chocolate, gingerbread, liquorice, dried banana, ginger powder; taste dryishly fruity and malty (nuts, caramel), rather high carbonation (a bit too high for this genre, if you ask me), bitter chocolate maltiness, lightly roasted coffee bitter touch in the finish, slight sourish accent, some leafy hops and some warming, bourbon-like alcohol. Straightforward, but true to its heritage, I suppose.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, courtesy redlight. Pours a dark, lightly hazy, rusty amber hue with a small, smooth head of off-white foam. Wet spotting marks the glass. The nose is that of an under attenuated, overly boozy Belgian strong ale, rife with fermented figs and stewed dark raisins. Hints of honey and caramel lender further, unnecessary sweetness, as a weak hop billing makes a futile attempt at balance. Flavors follow suit, again based in boozy raisin and fig, with perhaps some golden fruit in there as well. It’s as overly sweet as the body is overly cloying, and the alcoholic heat and moderate-plus carbonation prove to be detractors. I’m really not a fan of this one. Way too much sugar and booze going on.
smith4498 (3270) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brownish color with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Sweet dark raisin and fig flavors with some doughy yeast. Medium body with average carbonation.
BeerViking (3264) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours red-brown with a fine head, candy sugar and a little roast coffee nose, dry-sweet and peppery bitter, sweetish toffee and hoppy bitterness finish.
Wim (3165) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
brown coloured body with a off white head a yeasty sweet fruity aroma a sweet yeasty karamel taste with a yeasty bitter finish
chinchill (3129) - South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2015
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
750ml bottle from Total Wine with a cage and cork seal. Solid pop of the cork, which probably hit the ceiling even though I thought I was holding it adequately.
No foaming, but the aroma and flavor suggest a moderate infection. The aroma, in particular, has some of the floral, barnyard, and basement aromas from bacteria or, less likely, wild yeast. The bottle has a 11/13 date on the bottom and its been properly stored. Searching, I immediately found a report of another bad bottle, so quality control may be an issue.
O: very disappointed.
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan frothy head. Aroma of plum,raisin,and toffee. Flavor of plums, raisin, alcohol, and toffee with a hint of alcohol. Quite a nice beer.
Palidor19 (3076) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very fruity with as nice mellow caramel maltiness. there is little hops. very fizzy. brings a great flavor. works well