corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque and almost completely still with a minimal bubbly head that immediately fades away. No retention or any lacing to speak of.
Vinous, boozy aroma with a strong barrel presence that’s countered by dark fruit and sweet malt. Really boozy smelling with some dry oak and a prominent red wine presence. Some toasted oak with a strong grape character followed by burnt sugars, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, plum and fig.
Medium bodied and slightly syrupy with a blast of sweet, boozy heat that gives way to the barrel character and sweet malt notes as it warms. Subtle toasted oak and coconut but the wine presence is really strong with lots of grape, currant and other dark berries. Underneath, there is some burnt sugar, caramel and toffee with some more vinous dark fruit toward the finish. As the palate adjusts, the heat becomes less intense but it remains incredibly sweet.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August 19, 2012 at The Craft Beer Co. - courtesy of/shared with harrisoni (!!!!) - green 375ml bottle. Slightly hazy coppery-red with a large and lasting frothy off-white head. Smells like ... dry wheat, alcohol, oak, vanilla, sweet malt and some sweet cordial or heavy wine (I do not know from Montbazillac). Taste follows, same elements, but better - more oak, move liveliness - 8+ (and what IS that character, armanac, benedictine? whatever, it’s nice. Slick, average body, decent carbonation, a bit of dry barrel funk in the finish, but mostly delicate and lovely, amazing for a 15% beer.
Nocturne (630) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Dark amber with a lasting ring of head. Toffee, dates and plums are prominent on the nose. The wine barrel is noticeable in the aroma and it also lends a kind of vanilla/rum/white chocolate vibe through similarity. Through all of this there’s some booze harshly cutting its way through. The taste is sweet, sticky caramel and more white wine barrel. Finishes sweet and fruity and often quite harshly with charred oak and alcohol heat. Will be too sweet for many people I suspect, but as a dessert beer I found it ticked all the right boxes.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured an amberish color with almost no head. Aromas of caramel, fruity, some earth, raisins, rum, and wood. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, grapes, vanilla and wood. Very sweet with an alcohol burn in the finish.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated Feb 10, 2012.
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a clear brown/orange with a feint red tint and zero head. Aroma of candied fruits, caramel, Belgian yeast, booze, and some hints of tropical fruits. Flavour the same with red wine and oak. Viscous, full bodied, interesting flavours. No carbonation, very nice. However, to be amazing for me, it would need to be a little fuller and with no acidity at all - long lingering. It doesn’t punch my palate enough to be orgasmic - but still very enjoyable nonetheless.
BeerViking (2084) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
37.5cl bottle, pours a slightly cloudy red-amber with a tight cream head, nose is lightly earthy, with wood, tart cherries and a grape character. Rich fruit-cakey body, sweet caramel, grapeskins and sultanas, some oakiness, a little pine in the background, a hint of bread, perhaps just a bit too sweet on the finish but otherwise hoppy, musty wood and dark malt.
Palme (2993) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.75l bottle, shared with BelgBeerGeek @ Kulminator. This is a cloudy deep amber one with a small off-white head.On the aroma this is sweetish with both caramel and dates. I also get tones of both booze and sweet vanilla. Really nice! On the flavor it start off caramel and banana sweet, some clear raisins going on here and a great warming alcohol touch that’s lubricating both my throat and brain. It ends light oaky with a sweet caramelly and almost fruity aftertaste. Yeah! A really fine one! 02.06.2012
JohnnyJ (4080) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear dark copper, with a ring around the edge of the glass. Very sweet, caramel, raisin, brown sugar, and oak. Too sweet for my taste.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a flat, cloudy amber color. Intense sugar and caramel aroma along with wood, vanilla, and white wine. Mild dark fruit notes, mostly raisin and plum. The flavor is almost cloyingly sweet. Heavy on the wine and vanilla and oak. Just as heavy on the brown sugar and caramel, too. Lots of dark fruits and maybe a touch of oxidation. Just way too sweet.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to raveskdr for sharing this one. Served in an Alvinne snifter.
Pours a fairly-clear copper-brown with a short off-white head that goes away fairly quickly.
The nose brings quite a hefty amount of malt with notes of bread, brown sugar, and caramel. There’s a bit of dark fruit in the background.
Flavor has a long sweetness with plenty of malt, though surprisingly little alcohol given the ABV of this one. Body is full and a bit creamy with light carbonation.