TimsRatings (421) - - DEC 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Pours a clear dark copper with a finger of head. Combination of fruit and spice aroma, with spice (nutmeg/cinnamon) taking over upon tasting it. Nice winter/seasonal ale.
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OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Black tan head. I got ginger bread and cinnamon in the nose. Dried fruit and cinnamon taste but a bit murky.
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/6/2013. On tap. Amber color with a short white head. Spicy aromas with light malt, Belgian yeast and light fruit. A bit buttery mouth feel, but good balance and nice hoppy finish.
OldGrowth (2865) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz pour at Triangle Wine. Good aroma sour sweet. More yeast with some roasted malt streak. Clean brownish orange color. Ok head and lace. Tart flavor. Medium body smooth creamy mouthfeel, tart finish. Good. Not making want another, but pleasant enough. Interesting mix on yeast and malt.
Butters (3944) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draft at the brewery. Clear amber pour with chestnut highlights and ring of near white head. Yeasty belgian style nose and a distinct spiciness in the flavor. Fruity, like dark cherry and molasses. Sweet, but not overly so. Not horrible, but nothing I would need to have again.
jackl (5474) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg @ Blue Mountain. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. Mashed banana nose, Belgian yeast. Some marshmallow. Pear. Taste is caramel, nuts. Sweet banana, rustic yeastiness. Medium body, fine carb. Solid.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: A little more subtle than I was expecting at first, but it kept improving as it warmed. Very Belgian. Nice and sort of special for Christmas, but not very Christmasy.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red with a huge, off-white head that mostly lasted and diminished at a painfully slow rate and left good lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak and contained moderate candi sugar; very light hops; moderate to heavy spicy Belgian yeast; raisin; prune; apple; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caisugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, spicy yeast, cherry, prune, raisin, hints of brown sugar, a little apple, more yeast, slight hops, hints of earthy and metallic hops and yeast and hints of cocoa. The medium body was creamy with soft, but very tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
jrodooo5 (1175) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty dark copper pour with a huge tan head that very slowly dwindles but doesn’t leave much lacing. The aroma consists of light spices. The taste is pretty spicy up front with somewhat of an abrupt finish that leaves the palate slightly dry. The mouthfeel is pretty light and creamy until the finish. Not bad but not all that memorable.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle - pours dark opaque crimson, nice big, fluffy, white head. Great lacing and retention. Aromas of candied fruit, plums and vanilla malt. Nice and yeasty, touch of spice. Medium bodied, lively with carbonation. Cola and maple flavors dominate. Little nut and plum. Drier finish. Pretty good, though the initial promise doesn’t come through.
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark brown with a highly carbonated head. Very sweet hints of brown sugar and cinnamon.