bhensonb (12760) - 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!
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
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bouchon Bakery. Deep brown beer with a thick pillowy tan head. Aroma is quite lovely. Rich plummy malts with a lightly bready/toasty back note and a kiss of light spiciness. Like the Local 2, the beer has a lot of nice malty components while still coming out quite dry. Lightly dusty on the back of the palate with a softly earthy cocoaish note. Light chocolate and toast nuts. There is also a nice hint of cobwebby/flinty minerality that I find quite appealing. Great balance and really a top-notch brew.
BMan1113VR (7905) - 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.
marcus (7819) - 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.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at French Laundry. Paired head to head with a Borolo for a pork belly with avocado mouse and lots of truffles. Brownish beer with a nice tan head. yeasty, malty, light spice aroma. yeasty, malty, light roast flavor. Medium body. LIngering light roast, caramel, light spice. The beer did better cutting through the richness of the pork belly, but the wine was the better sipper on its own that night which was pretty much the gareement of all 10 of us at the table.
egajdzis (5654) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Poured a murky purple brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of blueberries, citrus fruits, raisins, Belgian spices, toast, caramel malts, and some cocoa. Taste of citrus fruits, cocoa, berries, vanilla, and a dry, yeasty finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by EDA. Pours a cola bruin body with a tan head and light head retention. Malty body sweet chewy nutty, etoh latent fruit tones. Fruity with cots, citrus notes, and chocolate malt. Solid offering.
vtafro (5088) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ patrick’s. Brown pour with a modest amount of tan head. Belgian yeasts, dark fruits, chocolate, nuttty almost chicory like aroma and flavor notes. This brew maybe misclassified, closer to a dubbel.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Jimmack. Pours a nice slightly hazy amber-brosn with a high belgian carbonation and a nice fluffy off white head. Aroma is nutty belgian yeasty phenolic with spice- herbs and earthy dirty character. Goof nutty earthy maltiness, with phenolic and fruity belgian yeast some dark toasted and charred malts, almsot chocolate character with a nice herbal dry earthy finish- smooth doughy and light finish.