Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mesa Gathering October 07. Sweet molasas and licorice aroma. Black body with tan head. Good thicker body texture. Sweet licorice and roasty flavors. Sweetness left on the palate. Alcohol noticeable as my notes went down hill from here. Usually do aftter a real good one.
dahfoto (7) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Poured with large light tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, banana. Flavors of dark fruit, bananas, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Very creamy texure. Has gotten more complex since my first tasting over a year ago. All in all one of my faves. Great for the holidays with dark chocolate. Have one more bottle. Will cellar til next year, should be even better.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 mesa gathering. graciously provided by hopheadinaz. my clear favorite of the day....pours a cola color with a small tan head. aromas abound...wood molasses, brown sugar, rich malts, vanilla and bananas. (bananas frikken foster!) more bananas in the flavor with molasses, dark dried fruit (figs and dark raisins), chocolate, dark soy,yeast and spiciness, nuts, cola/root beer and possibly licorice?. the list could go on but i was too content to write anything else at that point. creamy texture with big acidic carbonation. dry finish with some lingering dried fig flavor. it leans on the sweet side but it’s certainly not sticky or unwelcome. reminds me of a mix of dunkle/baltic/belgian...very unique...thanks again.
awaisanen (1312) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Generously shared by Dr. Bill in a VI, VII, and VIII Anniversary side-by-side tasting. Slightly murky, caramel hazelnut colored pour with a healthy finger of off-white head. A fruity nose of coconut and apples jumps out of the glass initially. Green raisins, vanilla bean, and pear follow soon after. A hint of alcohol noticeable, but a plethora of light sherried fruits take the limelight. The lightness of the fruit character seems a bit lighter than the color would suggest. Medium light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Lots of banana and coconut flavors up front on the tongue. A hint of leather and lots of dry, nutty mid-lavibond malts. Light chocolate nougat dipped in gentle caramel with a mild caress of fruity yeast esters. Pleasantly dry in the finish, but it gets a touch warm in the final smack. Thanks, Doc!
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Source: Tasting, Dark Lord Day, 2005
brown, big tan head, rich malt aroma, big spicy rich malt flavor, fumey, nice ripe fruit character
huge sweet fruity malt aroma, light bitterness, lots of carbination,
Score: iii to iiii
a loud pop of the cork followed by a quick pour before agressive form can rush fourth from the bottle, clear dark ruby red, big foamy beige head even with a careful pour, solid foam lace, big yet lively body, rich fruity aroma of figs and dates and a hint of alcohol, big malt flavor, tons of rich ripe fruits that just keeps getting richer and richer, perfect sweetness, only a hint of alcohol in the final sip
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 10/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown Color with Dark Sandy Head. Light Notes of Banana, Chocolate, Spices... Sweet Belgian Candy Sugar Taste Througout. Dry Aftertaste. Alcohol Well Hidden. Very Smooth and Addicting for a Big Beer.
skoisirius (1136) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle into glass. Pours a beautiful and hazy amber brown with a tan head. Aroma tends to be sweet with malt, and yeasty, while also pushing a very nice banana note. Taste brings out many flavors, including spices of cinnamon, banana, figs, and also sweet malt and a TINY bit of bitterness towards the finish. Moving into a more sugary sweet finish, this brew does not seem like 11.5% ABV one bit! A wonderful brew done by the late Far West Brewry for us here at Bottleworks, Seattle!
pineypower (2146) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Dark Elf for this one. Pours out a hazy brownish color with a very small off white head with some nice lacing. Aroma is fruity with some yeast notes. Taste is complex with some nice notes of bannana, fig and some sugary and yeasty notes. Solid beer.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The quad pours a slightly cloudy brown color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied quad. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of fruits, dates and figs flavors. Brown sugar and banana. Touch of bread. Lively bright yeasts. Lots of sugars. Very smooth taste. Hides the alcohol very well. Sip and enjoy this one. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
egajdzis (4894) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, caramel malts, spices and maple syrup. Taste of caramel malts, some roast, citrus fruits, light chocolate, nuts, and faint alcohol as well. Heavy carbonation in this one.