superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, orange peel, red grape, pear, apple, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, light must, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, prune, red grape, pear, apple, orange peel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly bready, and lightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Tobiasoe (52) - NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white medium head over dark brown hazy beer. Medium aroma intensity of roasted malt, caramel, honey, dark ripe fruit, sweet spice. Smooth on the palate, medium plus carbonation, more dry than anticipated, feels sweet-bitter balanced, medium plus bodied and complex on the midpalate. Fruit holds well with roasted flavours into the longish finish. A successful, useful food beer.
Eberndt (163) - - FEB 15, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared with wife at dinner. Very dark color and sweet malty flavor with a good balance of hop flavor.
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner cremigen Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig fruchtig nach Beeren. Geschmack röstmalzig fruchtig, trocken fruchtig nach Beeren, im Abgang leicht schokoladig.
Rob_D_UK (667) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark chestnut with a massive head. Smells of classic yeast. Taste is similar.
sitzds (280) - - FEB 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle poured into shaker pint. Billowing tan head settles to a thin layer atop hazy iced tea colored liquid. Minimal lacing. Aroma is subtle, fig, bread, citrus, and dark fruit. Taste is stronger with citrus, malt, caramel, and honey sweetness followed by a slight floral bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, high fizzy but soft carbonation, and a sweet finish.
Enjoyit (3446) - Vadum, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of spice, sweets, candy and raisins. A flavor of yeast, spice, raisin and dry.
Cuso (4217) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bier-deluxe.de. dark brown color with small tan head. Sugary aroma with honey, raisins, caramel. Sweet sugary taste with notes of red fruit, candies, figs, banana, yeast, some spices. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Good, but Local 1 was far tastier.
StilleStorm (639) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
TWF; Pours copper with a lasting, lacing off white head. Aroma is malt, caramell honey, ripe fruity and yeasty. Taste mirrors. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily. Carbonation is soft to avarage. Finish is moderate bitter, spicy and warming.
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JazzMatazz (18) - - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper. Hint av honning og sjokolade-lukt. En god sterk øl.............