obguthr (4082) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weak fig nose, mild clove. Clear rust, medium tan head with little retention. Sweet plum and fig with blackberry and clove overtones. A bit like cough syrup though. Fig is significantly more dominant on the back of the palate. Rather vinous at times
dEnk (4048) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ camping ratebeer. Aroma is big malty caramel, liquorice, sugar. Flavour is quite sweet with huge caramel and malt, light liquorice. Nice.
IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery so I could really slowly savor and enjoy this. Clear cherry brown with a big, very heavy lacing, long lasting beige head. Nose is sweet black raisins, cloves, tons of sweet peanut brittle (minus the peanuts), hints of bubblegum and bready yeast. Flavor is sweet lightly caramelized sweetness, dark fruits, spiciness, and a tiny background of alcohol warmth. Wish I had a bunch of the bottles to age!
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet and light sugar aromas. Light spice, fruit and sugar flavors.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing stuck to the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby, cranberry-juice red hue when held up directly to the light. Lots of caramelized banana notes are in the nose, along with spicy clove, some woody pepper notes, perhaps a touch of ginger, and some nostril warming alcohol notes as well. Underneath the up front yeast character is a toasted and caramelized malt character as well as something that seems a touch metallic somehow.
Lots of banana flavors are followed by brandy like notes and a touch of alcohol vapors and spice. The beer is rich, viscous, and chewy, but has a prickly carbonation that is perceived as being much lighter than it actually is due to the body. Lots of caramelized, concentrated, maillard driven sugar sweetness is found in this beer; it is cut through just a bit in the finish by a not really roasted, but slightly astringent character, definitely some spiciness and some tongue numbing turpenes (including clove, and even a hint that leans towards paint thinner without being too strong). After a couple of sips in a row, and dulling the palate to the sweetness, a nutty, toasted maltiness, brown bread character, and chewy molasses cake character becomes a bit more noticeable towards the finish; it almost takes on a savory, almost smokiness at times. Underneath the banana are some notes of raisins and prunes.
Definitely a bit heavy handed with the banana notes, a bit too sweet, and perhaps a touch to phenolic and turpene like in the finish, but still not too bad. This is one that should actually age pretty well, and if the wood character is kept to a reasonable level, the barrel aged version of this is likely to be quite good. Had I know better beforehand, this is a beer I would have held on to for a couple years, as I have a sneaking suspicion that it will get quite a bit better, and will be quite a bit more balanced after some time in the bottle.
sonnycheeba (3757) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, figs, dates, plums, floral notes, and light molasses. Flavor is heavy dark fruit esters, booze, bready malts, light floral hops, and some faint roast malts; dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
kraddel (3624) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle @ home
pours dark brown, good , imidiatly fading head .
smell is rather chocolaty
taste is earthy , bit metallic, some sweetness, some chocolate. damn nice quad !
Palme (3591) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ RBNG 2014. This is a lovely glowing amber ruby looking one. It also has a small islandy dark beige head. Smells lovely sweet with all sorts of dried glazed fruits; dates, raisins, sticky toffee caramel pudding and glaze. Yeah, it has a lovely sweet and punchy aroma! Oh, this tastes good as well. I get that dry licorice thingy at first with a ton of dried fruits and berries. There’s a woody touch to it as well here. Feels really thick and sticky in the mouth this and it’s only prickling on the tongue. Would not mind a bottle alone of this one. 15.02.2014
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, some banana, fruity, toffee, sugary and sweet.
beerbill (3538) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish brown with a moderate fairly dense tan head. Very pleasant aroma of malt with some caramel sweetness, prunes, and raisins. The flavor is excellent with ample chewy sweet malt, prunes, dates, and raisins. Rich and full bodied. Luxurious on the palate. Excellent!