iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7550mL bottle, no date (975 of 1800) from Ledger’s. Clear copper orange with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, pretty good retention. Aroma of figs, some raisins, brown sugar up front with molasses and some spicy Belgian yeast behind. The flavor adds some chocolate notes and faint dry roast. Sweet caramel tends to dominate, though there’s a lot going on. The finish is actually semi-dry (thank you Big Sky for not making a cloyingly sweet Belgian Strong!) with bitterness peaking around a 3, with the alcohol seemingly stronger than the stated 8.75%. Full body with moderate carbonation. Very pleasantly surprised with this one.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle - thanks riverside!! 2007 vintage; cloudy, dark amber; flat, syrupy and slight funk on the nose; wine-like flavors and also kind of musky; a little butter with some chocolate, sugary fruit juice
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Julie Thanks! Dark brown with a foamy off white head. Floral caramel toffee molasses chocolate clove and huge nutmeg aroma and taste with vanilla notes. Excellent.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle #281/1800.gold foil .. not sure what that means but it is from superdave70. Aroma of sweet molasas. Murky bron body with beige head. Flavor was abit odd with some caramel but a stong bitter bite on palate odd brew.
Also had a red foil topper from a bottle bought about 2 years ago or so. Had a smokey aroma with some chocolate notes. Odd colored body with beige head. Sweet caramel flavor with an alcohol grain bitter bite so that was all that was the same beteewn to two.
Superdave’s was better imo
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle #281/1800... not sure what that means but it is from superdave70.
hazy chestnut-y brown with a thin tan ring of a head.
there is something very comfortable about the aroma?!... brown sugar candied nuts, chocolate, grain, spice, bruised apples, vanilla and medjoul dates.
it tastes a whole lot like a chocolate covered werther’s original butterscotch candy!... alcohol is noticed but it is slight and very welcomed as it clears the palate of flavors of malt powder, grain, brown sugar, dates, vanilla and flowers. a very mild bitterness comes in late on the finish.
medium to full bodied but strangely thin enough to drink this entire bottle myself. i very easily could at the abv% and not have a headache in the morning.
really enjoyable... 8/4/8/5/17/4.2
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Draft Magazine PBS Beer Festival. Pours a cloudy brown with a thin tan head. The nose is caramel and brown sugar. The taste is caramel, molasses and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Decent.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Capped 750. Thanks, RiversideAK! Pours opaque coppery brown with no head. No carbonation. The taste is a bit tart, with some dark fruit. Woody finish.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, reddish color. Prominent head. Big, simple and not very memorable. Aromas of brown sugar, graham cracker, sugar. Same on the palate. Weird metalic twang on the finish, but thankfully it just drops of to nothing real quick.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brownish red. Some sweetness from malt and fruit. Thick and very sweet. A bit of alcohol and light spice.
BeerandBlues2 (10528) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 171 of 1800. Pours clear dark amber with a large, creamy, light brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, nutty), average hops (flowers, pine), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of dates, candied apples, pears, and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.