DutchDrebus (5474) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ camping ratebeer 2014. Clear brown colour with a small off-white head. Smells sweet, raisins, yeasty, alcohol. Tastes sweet, alcohol, malts, very sweet, raisins. Full body, soft carbo.
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, rich , clear red brown color with creamy beige head. Aroma of subtle sweet malts, candi, cherries, plums and raisins - nothing short of the best Belgian strong dark ales (St.Bernardus, Rochefort, Westvleteren). Flavor is malty, chewy fruity notes, dried figs and raisins, just a hint of molasses, light belgian yeast spice. Alcohol is felt but not smelled or tasted, just perfectly warming. Quite a surprise, a great one at that.
Ernesto987 (5332) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice quad, lots of caramel and nougat with Belgian fruitness, great job you whalesmiths
thornecb (5322) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep mahogany into a Trappist glass. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Molasses, brown bread and dark alcohol-soaked pit fruit aromas. Sweet caramel and clove upfront turning hot raisin brown bread and chocolate in the lasting finish.
obguthr (5322) - 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
JohnnyJ (5295) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber, with a rocky off-white head. Dark dried fruits (raisin, date, prune), candy sugar, belgian yeast, spice, roasted nuts, aged sherry, toffee, and with a long, dry finish. Abv is hidden, just a pleasant warmth. Very good quad, I will definitely buy more of this.
BuckeyeBoy (5273) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours out a dark brown with ruby highlights topped with a sand head. Nose is sweet pitfruit candy spice and some belg yeast notes. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweetness some spice and thick rich.
PhillyCraft (5239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours black with white head, couple inches in size, with nice lacing. Aromas and flavor of brown sugar, hops, spice, and clove. As it warmed some rye bread and caramel malting is evident. Medium body. Nice yeast profile.
ClubGonzo (5229) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample @ RBNG-14. Deep ruby-hued brown body, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, Norwegian brown cheese, deep malts, cream, chocolate and hints of raisins, plums and prunes. Taste is deep malts, raisins, caramel, red fruits and hints of plums and burnt sugar. Full body, medium carbonation. Very smooth and nice, as mostly from AleSmith. Probably the best beer from the Grand Tasting session at Ratebeer Norway Gathering 2014 IMO.
jkwood04 (5194) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle in a wine glass. Pours deep brown/ruby with a beige head. Aroma of rich caramel and toffee and lightly nutty malts, some spicy yeast, light notes of dark fruits, hints of bitterness. Flavor the same with a great blend of everything. Smoother texture. A solid quad.