daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from strykzone. Dark brown pour. small tan head. Aroma is very nice with fruit, caramel, syrup,and maybe a hit of spice too. Flavor is very nice. Dark dried fruits, caramel, chocolate, spice and some banana are present. I am very surprised at some of the low ratings for this beer. I enjoyed it very much.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 I obviously liked this one a lot better than most of the raters so far. But, what they disliked was what I liked. Pours an excellent deep purple, with small floaties swirling around. Aroma is full of dark fruits, spice, and candy sugar. Plums, dates, raisens, and maybe even some toffee. Touch of spice and tobacco. Flavor is plums, candy, sugar, spice, bananna, clove, burnt barley, and a touch of chocolate. Nice.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours very dark ruby brown in color. There is a sheet of head forming on the pour but is quickly gone afterwards. Smell is very dark ripe fruits. Too much plum and dark candy sugar.
Taste is even more of the unfavorable notes from the smell. Has a bit of a tobacco and burnt flavor to it. Whatever it is exactly is just way too dominant and overbearing. Almost tastes like they waxed the top of the bottle with no cap on it. Not enjoyable by any means.
Strykzone (4200) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is thin reddish brown with a small late forming head. Nose is malt, sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is full of fruit at first. It is very sweet with some alcohol. Faint spice notes and some chocolate covered cherries. Brown sugar shows up late. Feel is thin with just the faintest zing. Sugar is overdone and dominates totally.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from WLV.....pours a darker caramel brown with a thin film of slightly off-white head.... aroma of sweet ripened fruit and sweet confectionary sugars.... expected the flavor to be on the sweeter side but this wasn’t the case. dark fruit, almost a little sour apple in nature, caramel malt, and a little alcohol come together in a not so cleanly way in my eyes. carbonation level suffices.
thegreenrooster (2976) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark brown with no head at all. Aroma is dark fruit with some candi sugar and some of the alcohol. Flavor is almost a candi sugar bomb. After the swallow some dark chocolate and cherries are left on the tounge to rescue it. A very slight alcohol is there to give you a nice warm feeling. This is a well made beer and you can tell a lot of work went into it but it is also a tad too sweet.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a little bit darker than cola brown with just a scant bit of tan head. Nice fruity aroma of dried cherries and cranberries. I also pick up some Christmas candy and a pepper note. The flavor seems to be a more complex blend of fruit with some chocolate and caramel syrup, but its not sweet. There is a very pleasing alcoholic finish. Full body with a slick mouthfeel. Enough carbonation to keep the beer from being still. This beer is a really nice surprise. Recommended.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle from West Lakeview. Pours a thicker darker chestnut brown with a small frothy beige head. Sweet aroma of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, banana esters, light touch of dark chocolate, and a bit of mint-chocolate cookies, a bit cedar with some noticeable alcohol, smells almost like a dunkelweizen. This beer draws some parallels with Bellís Hell Hath No Fury. First taste is semi-sweet bakers chocolate, lightly burnt candi sugar, touch of banana but quite estery, light spices and some light dry chocolate cookie. Some earthy dark bitterness, tart ripe berries and finishes a bit metallic. Really easy drinking, the dark bitterness is nicely balanced. Drinks like a chocolate soda. Medium/light syrupy body, light chalkiness with minimal carbonation.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 12-oz, white waxed top bottle and shared by Bobby91w and Bulldogp04 during Surly D-Day. Pours a semi-clear reddish copper amber brew with a decent off-white head that has some nice retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of light banana esters, cloves, candi sugar, a touch of dark pitted fruits, and some mild herbs. Taste is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, with flavors of multi-grain malt, banana esters, just a touch of cloves, candi sugar, a touch of plums, and a hint of dark berries. Finish has a slight metallic texture from its high alcohol presence with a semi-dry banana/yeast aftertaste that is quite refreshing. Uf Da! Lots of alcohol in this strong Belgian ale. Nicely done!