craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample on 4/1/10 at Ale Atlanta. pours a dark brown with little head... sweet nose and mouthfeel with lots of carbonation up front... dark fruit on nose as well... caramel malts... some raisin... Belgian yeast... very nice... glad I got to try this one.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cola brown with a faint reddish hue, very small beige head with a touch of lacing. Big notes of green apple in the nose as well as some brown sugar. Disappointing on the palate, a touch of candie sugar and a little watery, a little underwhelming.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle thanks to a kind soul at Coffee District. Never thought I would get to try this one. Pours a dark amber with a puffy white head. Huge nose of wildflower honey and orange zest, peppery yeast. Great nose. Flavor is tons of honey and bready yeast. Slight bitter orange in the finish. Great smooth full bodied. Shocked to see it was only 6.3% (bottle said something different than what the site says).
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of MrDick. Thanks, Rich! Pours a slightly oily, yellowish-cola color; yellowish head with patchy lacing; nice color. Solid, straightforward aroma of cola and brown sugar; a touch rough at the edges; some inkiness. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel: somewhere between relaxed and fizzy large-bubbled carbonation (soft in the mouth); lots of cola, dried sugar, and some inky, dried dark fruits; again, a solid, straightforward cola-dominated Belgian. Medium finish: cola, brown sugar again; balanced ending.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bouchon, Beverly Hills. Pours with a deep brown body and a lasting off-white head with good lace. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, cocoa and earth. Taste was a little closed at first (a bit too cold), but opened with a light spice, tons of malt and some chocolate. Definitely a beer to go with food, and benefited from warming up. Medium carbonation and a velvety finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: November 20, 2009
Appearance: cloudy dark brown, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, chocolate, lots of licorice, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of esters, light balancing spicyness, rich chocolate adds complexity
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a dark brown color and fairly smallish head. Flavor and aroma is dominated by caramel togther with some dough. Not as intense as I expected rather muted and more of a food beer.
marcus (6861) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dark brown ale poured with a huge fluffy biege head and an aroma of bread and toffee. The flavor is heavily spiced caramel malt with a bit of chocolate, made lively by a large dose of carbonation.
bhensonb (11678) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Dark brown ruby color with a frothy beige head. Aroma is mixed chocolate/caramel. Medium plus body with really frothy carbonation. Flavor is pretty much chocolate. Oh there’s caramel and strange spicey stuff, and hop notes, but it’s up front chocolate. Not sayin it’s the best ever, but it’s really good!
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Beer in SF. Dark purplish-brown color with an off-white head. Aroma of raisin, malt, Belgian yeast, a little roast, and mild hops. Flavor is malty with spices, dark fruit (raisin mostly), and grassy hops. Body medium.