bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1385 12.12.2014 - 355mL Bottle #12 in the 2014 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Dark copper pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention.heavy on carbonation Aroma is quite fruity. Full bodied. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Taste is quite sweet, currant burnt sugar, hazelnut. Extremely smooth finish and a lingering taste of sweet malt, delicate bitterness. Lovely.
cmacklin (674) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. (10.1% ABV) 2015 vintage, from 2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Pours a slightly hazy ruby with a thin, short lived, off-white head.
Sweet aroma of overripe fruit, caramel malt, yeast and mild spice. Sweet flavour of dark, overripe fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, spice and yeast with a dry, boozy finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Better than expected. A pleasant surprise.
sulawang (916) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Pours translucent brownish red with a small lasting foamy head, micro 1mm retention, lots of fast singular streams.
Nose: heavy Belgian candi malts. (lvl-8)-pungency
Attack: sweet, thick malts
Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-9)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malt, toast
Finish: boozy hit, grape-barley malts, mild alcoholic heat, lingering malt sweetness
Summary: Although quite sweet it’s nicely sippable; good mouthfeel, engaging complexity and incognito ABV.
jtclockwork (13276) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of plum, chocolate, dark fruit, toffee and caramel candy - medium body
AgentAle (1405) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, plum, raisins and candy sugar. Taste is rich dark caramel, molasses and bread. Some subtle dark fruits and candy sugar here. Appearance is a clear bronze with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
Lagerboy (1835) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle, 2014 vintage, 10.1%. Unclear deep copper, fading off-white foam. Aroma of dark fruits and spice. Taste is sweet and rich, caramel, toffee, dark fruitiness, some chocolate later on, no bitterness. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. Nice enough, certainly not worth a novel. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
dresden (1308) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Tony. Mostly clear amber beer, slight aroma of spice and caramel. Fruity and lightly spiced with a creamy caramel. Nice stuff.
superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of plum, pear, apple, fig, raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity in the aromas and lacking much malt depth and complexity. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, light nuttiness, pepper, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy yeast spicy finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. The aromas were a bit unbalanced, but the flavors were spot on with great complexity. A very enjoyable offering.
GenDV138 (5254) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the DC Tasting. Clear dark amber with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, spice, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.
solidfunk (6858) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some raisin and light florals but this doesn’t come together super well. High on the boozy side. Pours amber with OK head and lacing. Sweet finish. Bottle.