BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a muddy brown color, nice tan head and light lacing. The nose is sweet with a bit of plum and paper, some belgian yeast and lots of light roast, some astringency and light hops. The flavor is tart with some belgian notes and toast, some bitterness and a full body. Decent amount of alcohol and a creamy sharp tail. Decent stoutish belgian ale. Thanks Ken!
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:Thick dark brown color with a brown head. Aromas of yeast, raisins, leather . . . I like the taste way better than the aroma. Light notes of coffee along with the yeast, board flavors and a nice lingering aftertaste. Something is really good here but I am not sure what it is. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing your treats from OhioDad!
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Bottle Pours out a very very dark brown. Topped with a small tan head. Some sweat smoke and roast chocolate. Pretty good. Thanks Indiana_Red
BigBeer45 (1200) - Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Re-Rate-
Poured dark with a light brown head, faint chocolate, dark malt and stout fragrances, roasted aroma,
the smoke fragrance was there but appeared to have weakened some, the malt and roasted fragrances have improved, there was light alcohol in the background, the alcohol did not grow as the beer warmed, this was thick on the palate, I enjoyed this more this time then last Fall. Rating-7/4/7/4/13
----- a tan head when poured,
thick black ale, when held up to a light, no light gets through,
a hint of red in the blackness at the edges of the glass, lots of tan lacing on the glass,
aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted chocolate, licorice, smoke, dark malt, faint sweet cream,
these aromas were weak, gave me the impression of a weak stout,
taste of coffee, burnt sugar, some smoke, carbonation, different then any dubbel I have tried, the sweetness comes on stronger as it warms up, like a stout recipe that used half the ingredients,
the mouth feel is medium, and the finish is a sticky dry, I may age some of the bottles to see if it improves,
something may be missing or this is not to my liking,
I wouldn’t buy this again except maybe next years batch to see if it is different,
I was hoping for something more…oh well. Rating-6/5/6/4/11
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with a light brown head. Fruity fragrance with a hint of smokiness. Taste is complex, some raisin, plum, sweet molasses, roasted malt, coffee with some bitterness. A definite bite of alcohol, alcohol presence seems stronger than 7.7%. Overall a fine beer, a little too much dark fruit raisin plum-like flavor, taste is reminiscent of my Mother-in-laws Christmas mincemeat pie.
Cliff (399) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 pours a deep brown, almost black color with a thin brown head. aromas of brown sugar and roasted malts. nice malty, roasted flavor with a clean spice tone. medium mouthfeel and a slightly bitter aftertaste. very good brew. almost a dubbel/stout hybrid, if thats allowed.
Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark black color with a medum brown head. Aroma is of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, and molasses. Thick on the palate with the flavors of chocolate and roasted malts to start off. Finishes with the molasses and a slight bitterness. Very impressed with this brew.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Fox and Hound: Poured a dark brown, almost black with a tannish head. The smell seemed to have a bit of raosted coffee scent to it. Taste sort of reminded me of a cross between a belgian double with a porter... It was quite interesting, but I liked it. Taste had a fruity, yet coffee like flavor. A very nice beer.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma of yeast, smoke and malt. Flavor of rich roasted malts and dark chocolate
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light figgy alcohols, with tawny fruits and touches of sherry. Light bready yeast character. Almost some smoky, rich cream. Surprisingly impenetrable pour of dark ruby, with a rim of tan cream. Flavor is a rich warm alcohol, with vibrant plum creams and bold charred currant sauce. The dark flavor of soy and burnt lamb skin seems a little heavy for the style. But, the sweet molasses character and rising bread notes create a marvelous symphony of fruit character. Elsewhere in the profile is an epiphany of alcoholic savory robustness that speaks of refined culinary detail. Far away, some lemongrass throws aside a cast of drying balance. This grows into a berry like hop character with sweet resins leaving a delightful long smack. Another very interesting Bells beer and an absolute delight.