Darkover (1528) - 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 (3191) - Ithaca, New York, 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.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from the bottle. poured a dark brown to black with a nice sized brown head which left some lacing. aroma raisins, coffee, yeast, alcohol,, brown sugar, some sourness, plums,. flavor roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, dark fruits, nice alcohol bite. a nice dryness and bitterness to this
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 12oz bottle. Aroma: Roasted malt with some coffee and cocoa. Light smoke, and peppery spiciness. Some raisin-y notes and a touch of Belgian yeast. Appearance: Dark brown in color with a full and creamy tan head. Good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt again with coffee and smoke. Candi sugar. Spice is nutmeg and szechuan peppercorns. Some raisiny notes come through before the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Kind of like a Robust Porter meets an Abbey ale. Strange but good. Glad I bought more of this.
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, with a light brown head. Spices, cloves, chocolate, and alcohol aroma. Flavors are spices, chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium body. Good stuff. Thanks to Moejuck for this bottle.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is full of roasted coffee aromas. Fllavor is smooth with a roasted coffee coating on the palate and a nice bitterness to the aftertaste.
milewide (1784) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Goes especially well with your favorite lost my girl/truck/dog/trailer song." No Way! This is not a "red neck" brew! More of a NYC "metrosexual" after-opera desert. Very Belgian. Dark black color, but I didn’t taste roasted malt. I got fruit, yeast and sweetness. No hops. I wouldn’t buy again.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 pours dark black with dark brown edges and a brown head. good lacing. smokey earthy mocha aroma. sweet spicy chocolate flavor with a hint of currant smoke and earth. finish dry spicy bitter coffee. strong clove presence from aroma to finish. full bodied. thick creamy mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation. i was very surprised by this one. warm alcohol on finish. subtle but complex. nice.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first dubbel so I really didnt know what to expect, so bare with me on the deScription. A smell of dark sugars and belgian yeast with a little bit of dark godiva chocolate too. The flavor is sort of the dark belgian sugars in a subtle mix with some trappists and or belgian yeast (arent they kinda the same thing?). Anyways a good beer, and even though I really dont know the style it was a good beer that I enjoyed.
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dude.... great aroma...unbelievable aroma....I expected a belgian...but I got something a little different. Way less carbonation than I would expect. Belgian yeast is there. Palate is almost like a porter with lots of chocolate. The aroma almost doesnt match the flavor besides the aftertaste, but still a great brew.