mstrcrwly (244) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber..dated 2/17/14..batch 7..poured into a tulip glass..mahogany pour with thin off white head..aroma of fruits,yeast,caramel,spices..well balanced Belgian style ale with spicy character and sweet notes as well..very good.
pjames317 (66) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours burgundy with streaks of fiery orange. Head retention consistent with the style, robust at first, diminishing to a foreboding and soapy ring. Yeast particles interlaced. Aroma of sweet and sugary yeast, bing cherries, tobacco, brandy soaked raisins. Toes the line between the Dubbel and Quad styles. Has a chewy, leathery malt body, somewhat grainy in the mouthfeel. Counterbalanced nicely by a robust fruitiness, think prunes and plantaines. Perfectly spiced and peppery with a hint of diacetyl. Great collab that drinks easy, is full of flavor and masks its potency very well.
kidobutai (309) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel appearance with decent lacing but little head. Can’t get used to the floating sediment, even at the first pour. Caramel and Bourbon notes, not too strong of an alcohol flavor.
popkow (285) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brown and nice lacing and sedimentation. Yeast and bread aroma with dry raisin and flat malt flavor. Nice sweet finish.
Gooball201 (38) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Sorry cannot tell difference between a good belgian n a bad one. All the same taste. Was flat no head. This one banking RRB Pliny craze.
falco242 (244) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet wheaty goodness. Nice caramel notes and bready flavor ends a bit sweet with a hair of bitterness. Solid overall.
jbruner (2176) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy copper brown from the bottle with dissipating tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma of strong Belgian esters, brown sugar with a boozy plum back end. Taste follows, add some banana and more candied sugar. Booze is light but still noticeable, soft carbonation, pretty solid for the style.
superspak (2468) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/31/2014. Pours fairly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, golden raisin, banana, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of pear, apple, golden raisin, banana, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, golden raisin, banana, clove, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
maxwelldeux (3500) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and bubbly dark amber color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose is light, with some caramel and a bit of leather to the nose. Taste is remarkably light - drier than I expected from the nose, with a bit of caramel and earthiness coming through in the taste. Ok, but not my sort of thing.
NikkTwist (1538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Hazy dark red pour with only a thin foamy ring. Feels a bit muddled. Dark red fruit with brown caramel. Chocolate dipped prunes. Pomegranate raisins. Burnt toast with marmalade. Wood tannins. Blueberry ash. Some spiciness in the finish. Bit hard to figure out. I recognize it?s essentially a mix, an interesting one too, but is lacking cohesiveness for me. Going too many directions at once.