bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare beige ring of bubbles atop. Aroma of caramel, grapes, chocolate, and vinous. Flavor of red wine, prunes, chocolate, caramel, fig, and oak. Certainly could use some carbonation.
eaglefan538 (2815) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Topps in Tempe. The pour was beautiful garnet-brown, very generous tannish to light brown colored head (foaming out of the bottle after the first pour and loud pop upon opening), good but somewhat spotty paterned lacing. The aroma was oak, vanilla, dark fruits. The flavor was bourbon (although the bottle doesn’t mention bourbon barrels), vanilla, oak (all of those a little too strong, but not typically overdone), plums, raisins, insignificant spicing. Finishes with a full body, slight yeast dryness also. Very nice brew.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Pailhead. Deep, murky, caramely red-brown body, thick cream head. Big brown sugar and caramel aroma with spice and a touch of sweaty socks. Plum and spice body, bready, with delicate, smooth sweetness. A plum pudding with lingering tangy notes. Sharp, prickly alcohol notes also present. A tasty beer with fair complexity. The lingering sweetness could have been closed a bit better, but this is very good nonetheless.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Topps. Had this one christmas day and my notes sucked. Pours a dark brown with big tan colored head. Aroma is somewhat sweet with notes of spice and dark fruit. Flavor is malty and sweet with brown sugar and molasses, some tartness comes through as well along with some dark fruit, raisin, fig. Finish is spicy and warm with a hint of sourness. Good enough to make me try another one and get some better notes.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown hue with amber highlights, frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of currant, plum, carrot cake, coriander, nutmeg, anise, chocolate, caramel, Belgium candy sugar, wood and leather, NICE!
Rich sweet malts an ripened fruit greets the taster with a spicy and moderate alcohol presence in support. Slight sour and bittersweet tones come in and out. The mouth feel is lush and aggressive with a slight warming upon the chest. Really nice surprise but this should be listed as a Belgian Strong Ale however. (THX Kevin)
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a 22-oz bomber at Topps Liquors in Phoenix, AZ. Pours a dark brownish amber brew with an average sized off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark caramel malt, tart berries, some pear, apple and some molasses. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonated with flavors of dark roasted caramel malt, some chocolate, brown sugar, a touch of dark pitted fruit and some raisin. Finish is semi-sweet, some tart fruit aftertaste with some alcohol character. A rich Christmas brew.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark mahogany with a medium light khaki head. Fruity nose, acidic, tart berries, apple and spice. Very carbonated palate, sweet up front, but acidic and tart in the finish. Earthy wood tones blend with unripe raspberry, not sweet but tart and a bit bitter. Soft fig notes show as it warms. Very intersting beer, more outside of the box then their other offerings, funkier then a typical Belgian dubbel, and it comes together well.
bhensonb (10158) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped bottle from Corti Bros., Sacramento. Slightly sour dark aromas of plum, berries, chocolate, bread, and likely more. Very dark color with a substantial beige head (that crawled out of the bottle - it’s bottle conditioned). Thin to medium body with creamy carbonation. It starts chocolate. Very. It’s a bit sweet, but has an underlying sour note. It has a very fresh berry fruit aspect. There is a little heat. After a bit the chocolate is more cocoa. The finish is dark, very mildly sweet, and woody/bitter. I still think there is a sour note, but with so much going on it’s difficult to be sure. The Belgians could learn from this. Fantastic drink.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 This brew was aged for 3 months in Bourbon barrels. Pours a dark brown apricot color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb hangtime reducing slowly to a thick downy canopy. Nice! Strong aromas of darkfruit, cakebread, and cocoa. Full nectar w/ perfect carbonation for a luscious creamy texture. A moderate sweetness possessing rich fruit flavors of blackcherry, plumb, apricot, red flame grapes, and wild apple. Cakebread, mild spice, and cocoa also push forward. As the brew warms the chocolate cakebread flavor takes control and wins out over the fruit. It’s a nice transition. The finish lingers w/ an alcoholic burn that doesn’t annoy me in the least. This brew is rich, viscous, and like the holiday very giving. Highly recommended.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L Bottle (2004): Deep dark caramel, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing. Somewhat dark pitted fruit on the nose, moreso brown sugar and molasses. Fairly sweet start, loads of brown sugar and molasses. Not as much dark pitted fruit as on the nose. Warming, but the alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Picks up a bit of fig/raisin on the finish. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Doesn’t fulfill all aspects of a Belgian Dubbel, but still fairly tasty for a Winter Seasonal. A big thanks to their head brewer Matt Long for trading me this one!