smith4498 (3214) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 11 (2013) Pours clear dark ruby red color with beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, dough and alcohol. Raisin and plum flavors with some yeast. Quite boozy. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. A nice sipper.
vlan1 (209) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear dark brown. Aromas od caramel and dark fruit. Tastes of dark raisins, figs and molasses. Oh yeah and alcohol. As it warms so does thw alcohol. Which it has in spades. Good stuff.
ryecatcher (935) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is it... 666th rating. Got the Iron Maiden song playing, using an old bible opened to Revelation as a coaster, now all we need is... well... The Beast! So here we go. 12 oz bottle procured in August of 2013, been sitting in my cellar for about 9 months (and probably should be sitting there for at least another 6 months, but this was an emergency rating situation). Poured into my lovely Negra Modelo tulip (Cinco de Mayo freebie from the beer dinner), a deep rich caramelly sepia brown, medium off white head with decent retnetion and lacing. Nose is big and sweet, brown sugar, honey, sticky malts and toffee, dried fruits (dates, raisins and figs mainly), not getting any yeast, but who gives a shit. Mouth is big and sticky, sweet and malt forward, big caramel, candy sugar, dates, figs, fades into oaky tannins, tobacco and some raisin bread with a bitt of a lingering bitterness at the finish, nice warmth at the back of the throat. ABV is evident, but not overpowering. Bruce Dickinson is howling into the mic and Iím already feeling the effects of The Beast. ;-)
Rev 12:12 Woe to you o earth and sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath for he knows the time is short. Let he who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number: its number is Six-hundred and sixty-six. (throw the heavy metal clenched fists with thumb, index finger and pinky extended and sing along while you re-live your rebellious parent-scaring pre-pubescent years in the early 80s)
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I believe this was the 2012 version. Pours muddy orange with almost no head.
Aroma is peach, pear, some floral notes. Taste is a combination of those along with some dark sugars, molasses, raisin/plum/fig. The alcohol has serious bite. Stings quite a bit actually. Not unpleasant, but hard to finish a full bottle.
puboflyons (2372) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that says Bottled in 2009. So this has been aging for awhile. The color is dark brown with a short-lived head. Lots of vibrant aroma of caramel malts, licorice, brown sugar, roasted malts, and a slight booze quality. The body is around medium to above medium. In some respects this is an outstanding beer once I taste it it because the malts and alcohol just explode in my mouth. But it is a but much for regular drinking. Have this once in a blue moon.
Concealer (893) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at falling rock. 2010 version. Hazy amber with a thin beige head. Aromas of wheat, grain, plum, raisin, light wood and vanilla. Flavor is the same, mostly sweet with a warm finish. Full bodied. Lingering plum.
SamP01 (610) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 8. Pours a deep dark red orange. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, dried plumes, Belgian yeast and honey notes, citrus and orange marmalade. Taste is a combination of all the aforementioned aromas and nuances. Palate is a full rich body, slight creaminess and full flavored. The finishes is a combination of sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, fruity notes of dried fruit plums and honey followed a good kick of bitter hops and a good punch of alcohol on the end. Aroma becomes overwhelming as it warms up. Overall seems A bit too strong for my taste.
fletchfighters (1204) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange amber with ruby highlights. Short lived off white head.
Nose was raisins, booze, oak, rum,bread and sugar. Forward sweet and boozy nose that was in control of what it was. Big beer off the bat.
Taste is rum, raisin, oak, and sugar. Hammer of the booze hits hard and aggressive. Good punch though.
Low carbonation, big feel. There is enough carbonation to perk this up and slice through the booze.
Big US style Belgian beer that makes the grade. Top notch stuff
HellesBunny666 (222) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet raisins aroma, very strong. Taste is also sweet, syrupy. Very thick. Finish is boozy and hot from the alcohol.
Emeister84 (1410) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch # 11. Aromas of raw cane sugar, raisins, drier fortified wine, maybe fino sherry, alcohol, strong but not too assertive. Clear brown, no head. Dry, hot, definite fumes from the alcohol, some subtle nuttiness, some molasses. Sticky, medium-full bodied, lingering strong malts and alcohol in the finish. Not the smoothest beer by far, interesting in complexity, a little obnoxious with the alcohol level, but not totally unwarranted given the label, and supposed intention.