changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Figured it was about time to crack this one open. The pour is deep brown with a moderate-sized tan head. The aroma shows an assorted mix of fruit: cherries, plums, raisins, and dates. Toffee is prominent in the scent as well. The flavors are rich and malty but not really overly fruity or nearly as sweet as I was expecting. It’s nice. A toasty chocolaty finish counters what fruity sweetness and Belgian yeasty notes this does have nicely. This tastes like a Belgian Strong/Stout hybrid. An interesting take for sure on the style, but not all that surprising from AleSmith. I bet age has done this some good.
teorn88 (6742) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle shared at the CBC Clernwl tasting, london, thanks to Paul. It pours a dark copper color with small beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of vanilla raisins bourbon wood dates. Taste is sweet and lightly boozy with bourbon figs vanilla chocolate and molasses. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, very tasty
cobaink2 (450) - seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of cinnamon ,cloves and fig and slight faint of chocolate. The Belgian yeast works but is not overly present. It’s a nice beer epecially aged for three years.
FlandersNed (394) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24.5 oz bottle. Floater-laden dark reddish brown color. Rich raisin, fig & malt notes. Like oxidized Track #8 w/out the chili & bourbon.
Desverger (8735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared@CBC Clerkenwell, London (03/06/2015) - pours hazy amber copper colour with a beige head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits, Belgian yeast, some spices, medium body, sweet finish.
djd07 (10591) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is candy sugar, dark fruit, wood, vanilla. Thin mouth, similar flavors to nose, nice booze finish, really enjoyed this.
mR_fr0g (9555) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at craft beer co clerko. Thanks to Paul for this one. Deep reddy copper coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is sticky sweet unrefined sugars. Honey. Cinnamon
Flavour is composed of woody vanilla, unrefined sugars. Sticky. Belgian. Yeast. Palrte is sticky sweet, woody varnish. Lowish carbonation.
Scopey (12721) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade, shared at Craft Clerko. It pours clear deep red-brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, juicy, toasted brown sugars, caramel, dried fruits, plum, date, prune wood, bourbon, touch of ginger, umami character and dark malty tang. The taste is bitter, earthy. Toasty, pretty sweet, juicy, toasted sugars, plum, prune, candy, good alcohol boost, banana bread and fruit cake with a smooth, sweetish finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Punchy, but pretty tasty also.
The_Osprey (6631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Paul. Dark reddy brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, toffee, pungent fruits, souring tangerine. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste has bready malt, tangy alcohol, raisin, prune and other dark dried fruits. Definitely a heavy hitter.
Theydon_Bois (17260) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the 9.49 CBC boost tasting, Clerko, 03/06/15 big thanks to Paulo.
Lightly hazed mahogany brown with moderate off white spotting and edgework.
Nose is earthy, dark fruit peel, toffee, biscuit crumble, light spice, cocoa nibs, wooded notes.
Taste comprises spice, wood must, fruit cake, yeast trace, prunes, bitter notes, light funk.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming alcohol peeping through.
Really solid quad, good balance and drinkability.