Braudog (5356) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, caged and corked. About as dark a shade of red as a beer can get before you’d call it black. Beautiful pillowy head. The aroma is rich and super sweet, bordering on chocolate. This drinks like a holiday dessert ... Rich and as sweet as a syrupy cherry pie. Delicious. (#4880, 12/30/2012)
kennydiaz (348) - staten island, New York, 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.
Heathen (1444) - 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.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fears of infection in this one were unfounded, fortunately. Pours a dark to medium brown, nice creamy lasting head. Aroma is bread, sort of like an unspiced dark rye. Flavor is a match, medium bodied, bread, with a hint of fig running underneath. Yeast notes Belgian, but not at all overwhelming. Perhaps not special, but enjoyable.
AxlLives (280) - 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.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market. Pours a hazy dark red-orange color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spice, cherries and stone fruits. The taste is herbal and nutty notes, plums, raisins and a spicy finish. Medium bodied with the faintest bit of heat. Decent.
Beergeek23322 (1688) - 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.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Very dark brown pour with ruby edges and a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is yeast, toasted malt, grains, dark fruit notes and earthy notes. Taste is toasted malt, grains, straw, yeast notes, earthy hops, dark fruit and cocoa. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly, lively carbonation. Ends with more toasted malt notes, dark bread, grains, dark fruit notes, cocoa, and dusty yeast.
maxwelldeux (2713) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. Nose has a hint of sweetness with some malty and spicy notes to it. Taste has the same, with the addition of some sour dark fruit notes to it.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a light ruby color with a small off-white head. Aroma was some spice, with notes of yeast, light sweet malts. Flavor was sweet malts, with some notes of yeast and some dark, dried fruits. Relatively light, at least more light than I expected.