gdaigle (12) - North Oaks, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I hate to gush but what an amazing beer! Rich, smoky deep flavors that keep going and going. Plenty of everything including a gorgeous brown head, sweet malt, medium hopped, and carbonated slightly more than average.
The only negative is the price! $15.99+TAX per six pack at my local liquor store.
jrodooo5 (1473) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - AUG 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely black pour w/ reddish hues that has a retaining tan head & good lacing. The aroma rich, roasty, & bold. The flavor is a cross of a stout & black ipa. It’s roasty, hoppy, & rather complex. The body is chewy yet still quite drinkable at 7.5%. Tasty & overall a very good beer!
Mark_Eck (1903) - - JUL 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are malts, some spices, and some roast.
Evolutionary (469) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from andersons. Nose is malty and rich. Smooth body for an ale and more like a porter. Well balanced. Starts with smoky cocoa and malt fullness and morphs to bit of nuts and dark sugars and cherry. Pretty good.
hershiser2 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Uptown. Pours deep reddish brown with a small tan head. Smells of black cherry, bubblegum, metal. Taste is light metal, light glue, but nice dark cherry and other dark fruits, clove, earth, wood. Nice.
dlovell2 (1731) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, and a light clove yeastiness. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruit. Finishes with dried plums and Belgian yeast. Really nice!
ARH (1113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2016 12oz bottle, poured into a Belgian tulip. The aroma is initially a roasty and chocolate blend with undertones of nuts. coffee comes through eventually, then turns to a fruity, fig and dates tone with a woody spice. It pours a rich, deep mahogany with soft, brown foam that has a great amount of retention and leaves a dense lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium low bitter blend. It?s smooth, with foamy, soft carbonation. The texture is like that of a light weight syrup with a medium body. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, and cream soda are noted first with a mild woody spice, nuts, and a bit of mocha. It finishes smooth with cacao, then vanilla, root beer, raisin, spices, a light leather, and some coffee notes tha arise late with a sweet, sugary grape jelly. The aftertaste is smokey and sticky with chocolate and a late molasses and sarsaparilla.
Bricks (956) - Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of smokey malt. Appearance is lifeless dar, with a bit of head. Taste is roasted malt. Smooth. Good.
VastActiv (5595) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Ginger Man, New York. Originally rated 20160212. Colour is dark brown with brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, some sweetnss, ripe fruits, Belgian yeast and malts. Pretty good for American dubbel.
Maxbier (882) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stout black pour with brown head. Aroma: slightly roasty with Belgian yeast hints. Flavor: nice combo of sweet stout roast with Belgian dubbel malty slightly boozy character. Herbal yeast notes.
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Bell’s on 1/28/16. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, banana, clove and roast. Malty flavor with banana, clove and chocolate accents before a roasted malt finish.