hopscotch (9041) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Part 8… Dark prune-colored ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The earthy, fruity aroma offers leather, horse blanket and dark fruits. Medium-bodied and a little astringent with lively carbonation. Malty with lots of dark fruits and tannic bitterness. Not very sweet. Lengthy, lightly bitter, and then bone-dry finish. Thanks go out to growler for sharing this bottle!
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer looks good but the aroma seems a bit weak. strong flavor of alcohol yet not much Belgian malts goodness. Overall it kinda works but its not spectacular
nick76 (4211) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is like molasses with yeast, fruit, and hops but it’s weak. The appearance is brown with a foamy, tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall a decent beer but weak for the style.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From dkachur via trade. Thanks again! The pour was gorgeous, look more like a quad than a dubbel to me. Ultra dark with only slight hints of ruby streaming through. The head was perfectly formed, off-white and creamy. The aroma was fairly standard dubbel with the malt and Belgian yeast coming out over some tart fruit and some thin chocolate. The flavor was malt, yeast and cherry with some spices. Unfortunate alcohol heat slips through and the mouthfeel is on the thin side.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice. Tasty and strong. Dark brown pour with a decent beige head. Flavor and aroma are sugary sweet fruit with only a hint of Belgian yeast. Bready, smooth, flavorful.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of alexanderj. Color is a nice, dark leather. Small, light brown head that quickly dissapates. Sweet aroma, some brown sugar. Initial flavor is also a bit sweet, with hints of caramel. Finish is bready malt that turns to roastiness. Very nice beer.
obguthr (3752) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intriguing aroma of jelly beans, raisins, brown sugar, and marshmallows. Dark brown color, medium tan head, good lacing. Tastes of licorice, menthol, and hard candy. Bittersweet finish resembles horehound, but not quite. Thinnish mouthfeel which I prefer for this style. It missed the mark on taste for me, but I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of people. Nice crafting!
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 This resembles a strong stout more than an abbey dubbel. My more recent sample smells of dark malt and hops with a slight vinous note. The yeast signature is much less present. Evil 8 pours like a stout with medium hop lace and light carbonation. Dark and caramel malt dance with the Goldings hops in good balance. The finish is grainy, and slightly tart.
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville, Virginia. It seemed more like a sweet stout than an abbey dubbel. Nevertheless, a very tasty beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a hazy dark red amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was doughy with notes of white Elmers glue. Dark fruity notes and some cardboard. Roasted malt and a mild bitter finish. Semi-dry.