alliance100 (613) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can - pours black with light tan head. mild dark fruit and tart aromas . Body is light. Taste brings some cocoa , faint smoke and sourness. Finishes with a little sweetness. Not bad. Very approachable .
chucklemation (425) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is also dark fruits, with some sourness. Has a very light body feel. Not all that bad.
firstsip (351) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Unsure of color (whoops, no glassware!). Dark fruits. A bit on the thin side. Undertones of anice, booze.
markducommun (170) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, pretty minimal head. Notes of coffee. Predominantly sweet, touch of bitterness. Slightest hint of sourness. Pretty heavy, slight effervescent. Interesting could have done more with the sourness.
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bwa5879 (616) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Midnight black pour with quarter inch offwhite head. Pretty thorough lacing too. First a chocolate and coffee aroma, bigger whiffs reveal ferric tones, definite sour component as well as a hint of ashy smoke. Only marks off due to the softness of aroma. Carbonation and mouthfeel is average, finish is a little light and dry. Overall very subtle taste. Dark fruits and sour and peppery (kind of bretty) but very very light. Roasted malts provide things settle out before too much sour occurs, finish flavor on the watery side. Flavor and aroma are great on this one but if it were stronger in both is rate it 4-5 more overall.
milewide (1474) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some smokiness, but mostly a bland but pretty brew with dark brown color. Completely filtered. Slightly sweet.
Frank (2778) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I think there might be something awry with my can unless this is supposed to be a sour. It is not terrible but something about this strikes me as non-intentional. It pours a deep garnet brown and is pretty much headless after a few moments. It smells of roasted coffee, malt balls and balsalmic vinnegar and tastes pretty much just like diluted balsalmic vinnegar. It is medium bodied but the lack of carbonation makes it come off as somewhat watery. It finishes w/ a lingering coffee note and some malt syrup sweetness. I think I will wait a while for this brewery gets the kinks out of their process before trying anymore of there beers. This is pretty much straight-out bad. I just don’t think this is the beer the brewery intended to sell me. Oh well, good luck to them in the future, I guess.
superspak (2472) - Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, banana, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light coffee, clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, banana, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, light coffee, light bubblegum, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, banana, chocolate, cocoa, roast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly slick, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian dark ale. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can purchased at Brewery Vivant. Darkest brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of banana, clove and caramel. Flavor of dark malts with banana and clove before a nutty and roasty finish.
Mittenator (1251) - Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at crunchy's. Deep chestnut with a tan head. Malt and cocoa. Overwhelming cigarette butt taste. It eventually goes away but, gross.