oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark, dark brown and thick and chewy and hazy and very, very inviting. The head is frothy but restrained, with some lacing as it fades. Smells like tea and chocolate and caramel, begging you to take a sip. Tastes immediately sweet in a rush of toffee and sweet tea, yet then grows mildly fruity and bitter. The citric hops show up on the moderately bitter, clingy finish, providing a nice balance to the unending malt sweetness. Gets a little much as it warms, but still a nice bottle. (5/1/09)
Rasmus40 (9839) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, caramel and rather hoppy - grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. Very nice. 170609
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Happy Gnome. Dark brown appearance with a tan/brown head. Sweet Belgian chocolate, light piney hoppy nose. Sweet molasses,?caramelized, dark chocolate, mildly vinous flavor with a bitter, earthy hoppy finish. Complex sweet Dark Belgian ale finish with a slight bitter, hoppy, vinous touch.
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet Malty strong ale, hops do a fairly decent job of attempting to balance this out, very yeasty, bottled 2007, opened 2011.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate brown color with a little bit of a red hue to it. Off white head with a few streaks of lace. Nose brings forward a cacophony of different scents, including raisins, dark fruit, booze, roasted malt, and a bit of dark rum. Taste pulls everything together quite well, accentuating the dark fruits and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinks really well and glad to try it when I did a few months back.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-13-2010
beerfest5 (1062) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would have to answer the style question by saying that in the last few years this type of ale has come to most beer drinkers attention by stones sublimely self rightuous. This is a black ipa, plain and simple, great roasted malt aroma and flavor on the front of the tongue, and spicy and flowery hops at the back of the throat. Its a wonderful interpretation of a black ipa and an overall style that is going to become very popular in the coming years.
back (1219) - Holstebro, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:humle citron malt vanilje tømmer hasselnød Ud.:kastaniebrun Skum:cafe au lait tæt langhold rolig E.smag:sød moderat bitter lidt Krop:medium For.:cremet Brus:blød
f (75cl) døe ho 31/8-10
BREWMUSKCLES (2154) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice fruit cocktail in hop brew. sweetish with a bit of rusty oil can in there the beer is zesty and bright though still aged well and refined. hops come through well enough with a pine cone and flower character that i am fond of. quirky? yes! and good.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Avery. Dark brown almost black with medium tan head. Aroma is spicy sweet with hints of molasses and deep caramel malt, nice pungent hop profile. Taste has strong hop presence with rich malty dried fruit at backend. Medium sweetness at start. Hints of chocolate. Medium bodied but hearty. Awesome brew.
phaleslu (5869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from fidelis83- thanks again, Jeremiah! Pours a cloudy dark brown with a finger-thick off-white head with nice retention. Notes of grass, earthy hops, caramel malts, molasses, citrus and other fruits, raisins, nuts, and alcohol. Medium-bodied, with active carbonation and a malty, spicy mouthfeel. The hops are pretty decent for a beer that’s been sitting for a few years. Complex and pretty nice.