beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewery after the tour. Dark amber brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet syrupy candy but airy and mineral-ly to offset it. Flavor is sweet yet mineral but also hoppier than I want for the still. Light on the cheeks for the style, more fruit Brown than raisin-y Belgian (which would be my preference).
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a non labeled 12 oz. bottle by John McDonald himself at a local Kansas City tasting. From memory it was very rich, pretty full bodied and loaded with spice. It tasted young and would probably mellow out into a very cellar-able beer. A rich brown, with noticeable dark sugar and belgian yeast followed by heavy clove and other spices, coriander and some more. Had some subtle fruity notes but none come to mind, some dry green apple perhaps. I hope that they can get this balanced and into production soon, it is a good one.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Foundation in Omaha. Pours dark ruby with tannish head. Aroma is lots of dark fruit and esters with a little spicy note. Has a little banana as well. Flavors are similar with nice rich maltiness in the background. Finishes with no alcohol to speak of and pleasant mouthfeel. I really enjoy this one.
onceblind (6379) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ The Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours a ruby/copper color with very light brown, creamy head. So-so lacing. Aroma basically of brown sugar and earthy, dirty malts. When turbulated, a nice hop smell arises. Also a faint whiff of that smell you get right before it rains. Taste is woody and nutty, some malt character present but not overwhelming. Finish has a strong wood taste. Still can’t get over how earthy it all tastes, like soil. The oily mouthfeel doesnt help.
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle with a ghetto piece of tape inscribed with "dubbel." I only believed it was legit due to the Boulevard cap.
Pours slightly hazy reddish with a small off-white head that fades to a ring.
The aroma is somewhat minty with Belgian yeast and dark fruits.
Flavor has slightly sweet malts, mint, spice, and Belgian yeast. Above average but not great for the style.
Decently dry on the palate with medium body.
Better than many American dubbels but not great overall.
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured clear, honeyed, medium orange with a creamy cap of soft yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up toasted green raisins, toffee, and figs surrounded by cinnamon, anise, and fresh vanilla bean.. lovely floral and citrusy hops accented.. warm and inviting. The flavor opened with some tanginess from a combo of hops, anise, and black pepper.. fig, raisin, and molasses sweetness backed it up.. complementary bitterness around.. more spices on the finish in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the palate.. spices and hops were quite complementary.. warm finish. Excellent, excellent beer!
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at crescent moon 2010 beer dinner. Well, this is delicious. Amber brown with ruby lights. Aroma of rock candy. Flavor has some heat to it. With unfolding layers of peppery spice, sweetness, and floral hops.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Crescent Moon Boulevard beer dinner. Bright chestnut color with a medium thick ecru head. Incredible cotton candy aroma. This is the real deal. Very true to style. And yet it still has American Bigness. Strong palate of high fizz and tingle. Meaty and delicious. This has an amazing quick finish of dense fruits. Awesome.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of customercopy. Pours a murky dark brown with a thin beige head and orange tint/highlights when held to light; spotty lacing. The nose is of raisins, brown sugar, spicy phenols and Juicy Fruit-y esters and alcohol. This beer smell more, to me, like a dunkelweizen than a dubbel. On the light side of medium-bodied and slick with a lightly spicy and mildly dry finish. Raisin, apple and pepper with a mildly dry, almost tannic, finish. This is pretty solid stuff, and I’m not generally a huge fan of dubbels. Thanks again for the bottle, JB.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle from 2006, cheers to JB for supplying us with some of the last of this, one I’d been curious about for some time now. Decanted into a Smokestack goblet. Sweet and darkly fruity aroma, full of raisin/grape and brown sugar along with lighter notes of spice, cherry, milky chocolate and floral perfume. Thoroughly cloudy rusty brown-red color with a lasting, fine, uneven, ivory head, plenty of sediment left behind in the bottle. Flavor profile is well-balanced between its various elements, beginning with a subtle spicy bitterness, becoming sweeter and maltier with suggestions of toffee and cocoa, and finishing very long with a blend of estery yeast, dark, dried fruits, cola and faint anise. Palate shows the merest hint of sharp alcoholic warmth and a light-moderate degree of effervescence to go with the medium-full body. Lingering bubblegum and fruity tartness. This has certainly held up nicely, what a shame the world may never see it.