bluelunatique (5) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small head. First taste is like drinking a sweet brandy liqueur but definitely more alcohol.
I am now halfway through the bottle and Buckwheat honey comes to mind but it's quickly mixed with a resinous, malty flavor and a slight hop bitterness at the edges of the tongue. It is a bit complex but each sip hits generally the same (yeah I know I contradicted myself but like I said, I'm half way through the bottle so cut me some slack!) making me wonder if I shouldn't have stirred up the yeast. I might try it again and decant the beer without the sediment. Either way it is a worthy beer and worth the effort! I hope that helps.
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Nische (1761) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist. Deep amber pour with small, white head. Big aroma of dried fruit, caramel, figs, dates, raisins oak and brown sugar. Quite sweet, but a little bit dusty, taste with caramel, raisin, figs, dates, oak, vanilla. Very light bready notes. Short, sweetish finish.
vtafro (6267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber pour with pink head. Boozy, dark fruits, Belgian candy aromas. Burnt and roasted, cherries on the the after taste. Flavors are roasted, chocolate, dark fruit and Belgian sugar. Can’t drink a ton.
BillKismet (3769) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not sure the batch, it said 17.2% ABV on the bottle. Gorgeous mahogany hue with a lush burnt caramel head. Thick vanilla yeast scent dominates the tightly wound nose, though flickers embers of Banana’s Foster’ dance off the glass at times. Bready banana liquor body. Sweet, with alcohol just under the breath, like a flutter of air beneath the door. Well-masked ABV considering the monster octane on this one. Drunken crusty bread finish.
Weezel (266) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Hazy deep amber pour. Grape, sweet candies sugar in the aroma. Strong taste, hot alcohol, then awash in sweet grains, cinnamon, ruby port, and baked apple. Lingering alcohol burn but in a welcome way. A year plus more would have been nice.
Thechasm442 (662) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 13 17.2%abv. Poured into a tulip. The beer is a super murky light brown with an average khaki head that leaves very nice lacing. Aroma is figs, dates, plums, raisin, molasses, candi sugar, and oak. Taste is full of dark stone fruits. Figs, dates, raisin, sugar plums, brown sugar, oak, alcohol, and fruit cake. Somewhat thick and very sticky and lingering, with alcohol in the finish, but not overpowering. Outstanding beer.
markducommun (837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly clouded darker red brown with a light tan head. Heavy molasses and honey mixed with alcohol. Raisin, musty lightly funky fruitiness. Very sweet, maybe some bitterness somewhere in the background, maybe a hint of umami. Heavy, syrupy body, alcohol is definitely there but far from being unbalanced. Quite acidic. Pretty good.
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yourilevesque (1169) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Matt for this one! Je crois qu’il s’agit de la 2015 car la mienne casque à 17,5% d’alcool. Un nez qui présente, bien sûr, un alcool affirmé sans camoufler l’ensemble des riches arômes qui l’accompagnent. Beaucoup de fruits séchés, de la mélasse, une orange et un fond de vieillissement amer et riche. En bouche, l’alcool contenu dans le liquide me râpe un peu la gorge. Les saveurs d’épices, de fruits séchés, de pain d’épices et de gâteau au rhum sont riches et très plaisantes. Une bière forte qu’il m’est très agréable de déguster ainsi, à petites gorgées.
Joakgust (1317) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 12. Bottle. Hazy amber brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, oranges, wood, apricot, herbs, chocolate and dried fruit. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, oranges, apricot, vanilla, strawberries, herbs and chocolate. Well balanced.
DandyWolfFloyd (1007) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 13 (2015)
Aroma - honey, barley, spices, and some Belgian yeast.
Appearance - body is an unfiltered auburn. The head is 1/2" off-white. Settles to a foam. And lacing drags.
Taste - rich sweet caramelized sugar, dark fruit (raisins, plum, fig, and black cherry), some honey. There is also a bit of German hops. Even some vanilla. Alcohol of course.
Palate - body is full, texture slick and sticky, carbonation is lively, the finish rich, sweet, and alcohol/roast astringency.
snoworsummer (4388) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours almost clear brown with thin, fizzy beige head. Smells like oatmeal, dates, cookie and cereal malts, light caramel, and light woody notes. Tastes like sweet malt, dark fruits, floral hops, and light oak, and a hint of sour fruit. Medium body and carbonation.