phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ive been waiting a while to try this brew. Pours a semi translucent amber colour with a huge off white head. Aroma is beautiful, enticing with ripe cherries, raspberries and sweet rich caramel malts on the nose. Taste is flavourful with ripe fruit notes and a creamy mouthfeel.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date thanks to Colin (General Gao) for this one! This one would’ve gone under my radar otherwise. Clear copper brown with a 1/2 finger beige head, slowly fading to a thick ring and thin film, though creamy. Lots of sweet caramel/toffee malts and dark candi sugar up front with plenty of sweet raisins, figs, and some spicy clove and candied orange rind notes. There is also a bit of Belgian yeast (go figure) and some spicy alcohol, as expected from the strength. So far, so good--though it could end up far too sweet. Well, it is sweet, but not ungodly so (thank you). The flavor adds a bit of tea notes and it isn’t quite as fruity, though all of the fruits are still present, and there seems to be a bit of a fruity tang, (perhaps the orange? though the orange didn’t seem tangy in the aroma. . .), though not terribly strong. The finish is semi-dry with a bitterness peaking around a 2-3 and slightly earthy. Full body with light to moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice--glad I got to try it.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 Spice/clove element is not overplayed and zesty and tart fruit flavors (orange, strawberry) . Balance by subtle carmel almost pastry like sweetness. Not too cloying. Really just needs more carbonation. Considering the modest price compared to the category this is very impressive.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is powerfully yeasty with a touch of cinnamon. Pours a deep hazy orange brown, with a moderate tan head, well retained, spotty lace. Flavor fronts up with yeast and clove, the finish becomes sweet, but is somewhat bitter and cloying. The alcohol is not well hidden on the end. Somewhat more than medium bodied. Smooth but a bit hot on the palate.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub, just north of Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a soft, creamy-thick off-white head that has great retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of multi-grain and caramel malt, raisins, candi sugar, some Belgian yeast, banana and a touch of cloves. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonation along with flavors of caramel malt, banana esters, cloves, candi sugar and a touch of cotton candy. Finish has a mild flavor that resembles a dark banana nut bread with plenty of alcohol warmth. One of Ale Asylums better high octane ales.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice beer. Essentially a maltier belgian dubbel, but that description doesn’t do it justice. Pours a beautiful copper coloer with a frothy head. Aroma of spices and fruitcake. Flavors of classic dubbel, spiciness, some hints of fruit, wrapped around a toffee malt center. Nicely balanced. Just the right alcohol burn, with a slightly sharp fruit finish.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mild amber color with no head. Aroma is of strawberry jam on butter toasted with light alcohol notes. Taste is light strawberry with some nuttiness and light spice. Alcohol is mild and carbonation is light. Meh.
Petrucci914 (876) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich amber color with a thin ring of off-white head, and a tiny bit of bubbly lacing. Aroma is complex - alcohol, dark fruits and some deep nuttiness. Taste is slightly spicy, caramel malts, and a sweet finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice topaz colored liquid with a smaller head even with a rather rigorous pour that quickly diminishes to a lid of small taupe bubbles. Fleshy, malt and grain aromas dominate. Some orange peel and alcohols are present. For some reason the nose just seems raw to me. Oily feel with just a light zip and nip in the background. Caramel and dark honey flavors in the front. Middle fills in with some herbal and dried floral hops. A bit buttery. Honey returns in the finish and into the linger. Linger has some toasted malt, citrus peel and butterscotch. Near the end of the bottle and the stomach is starting to warm. I find the sum to be better than the parts in this one. A nice hearty ale.