superspak (4584) - 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 (5748) - 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 (7354) - 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.
Westchesterco (1790) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a bottle it is a clear light amber color no head the aroma is acitrus and the taste is a strong boozey taste that emerges sweeter on the palate
Iphonephan (6053) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 75 cl bottle at the Brony bottle share at Travlrs place. Pours clear dark copper with a thin ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of toffee and light fruitcake spice. Smooth rich finish.
Travlr (21204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Iphonephan, thank you! Clear amber brown color. Aroma of lightly burned caramel. Taste is herbal, spiced, malty, with some hops at the finish. Decent.
kraddel (5980) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours rather unclear , dark amber . Smell is unintense, bit sweet, some caramel . Taste is sweet , dark fruits . Bit boozy . Sticky mouthfeel , thnx to the sweetness , yet feels a bit thin at the same time . Not bad .
hotstuff (4862) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 4-19-2013 (Corked & caged bottle-Limited Edition 1446 of 3240) This beer forms a small smooth tan head with a short retention, hazy orange brown body, fast rising carbonation, and no lacing. The aroma is malt, dark fruits, spicy, and alcohol. The flavor mimics the aroma. Very nice! The mouthfeel has a nice warming sensation and is light-medium bodied. Overall, a most quaffable beer with a very nice flavor. It is well brewed, worth trying and most definitely a beer I would drink again.
luttonm (4529) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Uber, Seattle. Bright, sweet and rich. Plums and raisins, nice quad style even if yeast isn’t quite right. Sweet, big, a little leather and lots of dark fruit. Alc is strong but balanced. Nice beer.
fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color with medium head. Malty, caramelly, sweet, with low bitterness, bit of alcohol, and some ending nuttiness. Mild fruity esters. I had some Belgian beer similar to this, not the most impressive though.
Simple, not bad.