AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
first legal pilgrimage to kalamazoo, super burly is this ale, belgium? i would have never guessed don’t even know why it’s in the title, roasty coacoa notesas is the Bell’s tradition, burly and dizank
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
almost black in appearance with minimal head...aroma of caramely sugars and spices, dark fruits...very belgian like....flavor is a wonderful combination of roasted caramels, toffee, spices, with a slight woody aftertaste....a tad harsh on the palate, but nothing to complain about....i want seconds!
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery: Deep murky brown hue with a small frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of earthy and fruity yeast esters, carmelized and smoky malting, and some peppery undertones, a bit weaker than I would want. The taste starts quite fruity (plum, starfruitr, and pear) with a nice dark and sweet malt base. A light smoke and subdued lactic twang greets you towards the finish. The feel is smooth and lightly oily, quite drinkable for 9% ABV. Refreshing and dry finish with a light aftertaste. A soild and enjoyable brew even if a bit muddled and not to style.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Great taste of the Midwest- Dark murky brown color. Small light brown head. Flavor is thin, toffee, caramel, other strange things. Not really my thing personally.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Dark opaque brown colour with a rapidly dissapating beige head. Anise, tobacco and belgian yeast dominate the nose. Body is full , fruity and yeasty with toasty chocolate maltyness. Dangerously yummy stuff for 9%.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 Draft at bells 20th anniversary party. Pours a speckled brown color with a nice off white head. Nose is yeasty and bready, some light caramel and malt. Its actually quite intriguing. Taste comes through with yeast, dough and some light malt, maybe raisins and plums mixed about as well. Finishes slightly bitter and with your mouth questioning itself.
The nose and taste both contain some cinnamon stick like qualities.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Pours a nearly opaque murky dark mahogany with a thin-lacing, frothy, dark tan head. Aroma of sweet wheat and dark caramel malt with some bready Belgian yeast and light fruitiness. Starts with a pleasant malty sweetness and good viscous, bready texture toward a drier, toasty, dark chocolate finish. Pretty true to style and enjoyable.
On tap at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Barely transparent, dark, cloudy brown pour with a nice, lightly-lacing, light brown head. Has a rich, complex malty and bready Belgian yeasty aroma. Body starts full and sweet with some mild dark fruit complexity and good Belgian yeasty character. Nicely-balanced and complex, this beer should age very well. Now, if they only bottled some…
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
’05 GTMW sample. Caramelly sweet aroma. Grahm cracker and dark fruity flavor. "Hot" finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Tap @ GTMW, and follow up goblet in December 2005 at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep, hazy chestnut brown with nice lacing as we go. Anise, cloves and pepper are the backdrop for a crescendo coming from chocolate and bananas. Flavor transitions as expected, with chocolate, banana, pepper and cloves. Creamy and well balanced. Hints of anise on the underbelly. On tap at the brewery, coffee nodes played a primary role with chocolate and bananas coming in as secondary flavors. Pretty tasty stuff.
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Sampled at GTMW. The appearance is a dark brown body with a tan head. The aroma is barley and roasted malts. A little weak. The flavor is coffee and barley wine type flavors. Light chocolate.
Had this in bottle form. No change on me liking it enough to buy more of it.