barbeerian (2) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer tastes like Christmas. A bit too much for me. I’ve heard others say it was turning, and I agree.
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours nearly opaque dark brown with a large, foamy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy toast and bread malt, lightly sweet dates, raisins and figs, faint orange notes and earthy spices and hops. Flavor is dry toast and bread malt, spicy alcohol, soft dark fruit notes, light earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish though some sweetness does linger. Full body and moderate carbonation.
Iphonephan (4008) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a clear cola with a tan head. Aroma of pie spice. Flavors of ginger and grass. Slightly bitter finish.
Travlr (14703) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey. Opaque bown color, fluffy beige head. Aroma of dusty cocoa bars. Taste us spiced fudge brownies. Very nice.
dogfish120love (1028) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brow basically black with a tan white lacing. The flavor is heavily spiced with some chocolate, coffee and yeast funk in the finish
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[5707-20130817] Bottle. Lightly soured fruit aroma. Dark brown body with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Boozy wooden fruit malt flavour. Medium-full body. Average. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)
radagast83 (5377) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’d been holding onto the 2013 bottle for way too long, so it was time to drink it, even though it is in the height of Summer. Ah well. This one poured a medium brown color, touch of ruby notes, and a gigantic light tan head. I mean huge, even though it was served almost immediately out of the fridge. This one foamed like crazy. Once it settled (relatively quickly), it was ready to drink. Sweet molasses, dark brown sugar and notes of light spices. Flavor was nice easy to drink sweet molasses, toffee, with some light spices.
Tonkun (978) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2013. Dark copper pour with a lot of head. Citrus, orange zest, bread, spice. Light to medium body with sour and bitter finish. Medium carbonation
JDBaker11058 (1444) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance dark, opaque brown with one finger of thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma: spices up front (cinnamon, clove, black pepper, allspice), over herbal hops and some brown bread and fruitcake. Taste: figs, plums, molasses, herb, light pine, graham cracker, and holiday spice melange. Finish: lingering fruit and spice, light sweetness. Notes: Perfectly fine. Basically a dark Belgian with what I’ve come to view as the typical ’holiday spice bucket’, so common in Christmas beers, tossed in. Beerdvent 2013 selection.
drjay44 (2860) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 corked and caged bottle. Shared with multiple others at brew club. Pours a thin fizzy head over a hazy reddish brown (SRM 20) body....nose is dried cherry, fig, plum, minimal hops.....taste is heavy cherry, fig, hints of cocoa, hints of molasses, sweet throughout, finishing with light hop tones, minimal bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation makes it very fizzy. This is on the sweet end of the Belgian Strong Ale style, also very highly carbonated, and on the simple end of the spectrum. Perhaps a change in the malt bill and a yeast change would improve it. BJCP 7/2/14/3/6
lamas (1425) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL corked & caged bottle. Date on the side: 10/11/14. Pours a murky light mahogany color with a thick and creamy khaki head. Cherries, plums, figs, caramel, a spicy tang, and a rich bready maltiness feature in the aroma. Medium-bodied and smooth on the way down. The taste starts with a little caramel, toffee, and cola. Dark cherries, plums, and figs follow. Some tangy citrus rinds are present at the end. A spiciness and some warming alcohol are present from start to finish.