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.
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. Itís a nice transition. The finish lingers w/ an alcoholic burn that doesnít annoy me in the least. This brew is rich, viscous, and like the holiday very giving. Highly recommended.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good brew from Big Sky. Poured was a nice brown color with good size head. Aroma was oaky dark fruits and something else. Flavor was much the same, vanilla oak was strong and lots of fruits. Good beer.
Pailhead (5675) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma is a nice combination of apple pie, cherries, light caramel, chocolate, yeast, cinnamon, and faint alcohol. It pours a transparent brown with a moderate beige head. Lots of chocolate and caramel up front. There is some faint apple pie and cinnamon flavors in the background. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very tasty, but Abbey Dubbel? Only because the label says so I guess.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber 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 wertherís 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
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared bottle. deep ruby pour with a little head. spice filled nose with a pleasant yeast quality with dark fruits. med body with spices and dark fruits. alcohol warmth on the finish with dark cherries and figs.
bhensonb (12460) - 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 - itís bottle conditioned). Thin to medium body with creamy carbonation. It starts chocolate. Very. Itís 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 itís difficult to be sure. The Belgians could learn from this. Fantastic drink.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was really into this. Had a great gravity level with well hidden alcohol, brown sugar, clove, banana and earthy, woody notes on taste. Has a great mouth feel, very viscous and balanced. Loved it.
thedm (5140) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of frothy brown colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated semi-transparent cola brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was spicy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering spicy aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of old ale sweet and spices. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
BBB63 (6449) - 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)