AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown color with ivory head. Rootbeer spice, toffee, brown sugar aromas. Light bodied with average co2. Earthy sweet molasses, brown malts, rootbeer spice flavors--not my favorite ber style to begin with--not bad
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml from Binnys (Naperville, IL) split with the missus over making Sunday dinner. Pours a luscious brownish copper pour, good fiery orange red edges and bottom, healthy haze and a frothy beige head sits atop and cakes well, leaving a nice layer and good lacing. Aromas are coriander right off the bat, cool mellow spice growing into toffee and caramel, some touches of cinnamon, fruity estery banana, some brown sugar, and bready yeast spice. A touch of anise, but nothing overbearing (from a spice that easily becomes so for me) and a gentle touch of orange. Initial is medium bodied, offering a spicy front. Coriander and anise, touches of bready and Belgian spice. Middle throws some of that sweet estery fruit, caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Touches of brown sugar, faint cinnamon. Finish brings the spices back into the fold, taking over with anise and coriander, a strange pair in my book. Some dryness, with lingering spice that gets a bit dominant (But I wouldn’t say really strong, just definitely becoming the focus). Overall, this isn’t quite my thing.. getting away from the dark fruit and brown sugar/sweeter malt feel I like in my Dubbel and making this a spicy bomb kind of. Ok. But nothing I’d buy again and one of my least favorite Smokestack beers. Looks beautiful. Smell is good, taste slacks for me and the whole experience is subpar as far as how the flavors work in harmony. Meh.
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to have tried this beer, as this is the only Smokestack beer I had not rated.
The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of molasses, dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. I get a little toffee mixed in as well.
The flavor is also very nice. I get some molasses and caramel malt, as well as some yeast and brown and candy sugar. The beer is semi-dry, even with the sugary notes. As the beer warms I get some toasted malt and a little bit of cherry.
Medium to high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A nice, American-made dubbel.
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught) cloudy deep copper with a thick dark tan/orange head. Nose of cinnamon, clove, gingerbread. Taste of banana, raisin, clove, gingerbread and anise. Spicy finish, Belgian all the way.
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 (2011 notes). Pours a lightly hazy caramel brown color with a large off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, lightly toasted, mild spices, with dark fruit. Not overly complex, but worth trying.
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from thiesti - Thanks! Smells nice - molasses and a lot of spicy aroma. I get some bourbon and vanilla in the flavor, as well as some coriander and anise and clove. Very rich palate. I dig it...
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, light clove, light coriander, anise, and some dark ripe fruits.
Poured deep amber/brown/reddish in color with a medium-sized, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, spice, anise, coriander, Belgian yeast, and some candi sugar. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Spice, malt, Belgian yeast, anise, coriander finish. 8.1%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This cork an caged batch 2011-02 bbf 2012-04 bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy with a frothy top light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a typically carbonated light cola brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was malty and sweet. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start in the back of the mouth and tongue, mediumly tingly at the finish with a sweet aftertaste and a hoppy backing. The flavor contained notes of sweet and hops. An OK brew just nothing special.
Strykzone (4912) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip at Bigelo’s. This poured dark brown and was opaque. A smallish tan head. The nose was fruity, malty, and had yeast. The first thing noticed in the taste was the alcohol. This is hot and it is not hidden. It would have been a better beer without that but it is to style. Nice malt, sugar, yeast, and fruit flavors. Mild bitterness. Too hot for me but not a bad beer at all.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazy dark amber - fizzy carbonation/lace - nose is fairly sweet, with notes of raisin, toffee, dark bread, light cinnamon and faint clove - rather high in abv for the style - the thin/watery body and texture just make it all the more apparent just how strong it is, too, letting the alcohol come through too much - flavors of overripe dark fruits, light melanoidin character, clean but high sweetness - dries out slightly through the middle as mild earthy phenols and strong spiciness come to the fore - finish is moderately spicy, with a lot of lingering alcohol heat - not exactly unenjoyable, but kind of messy.