Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond Gathering courtesy of maniac. Very dark brown, decent head. Aroma of candy sugar, earth, spice, roasty, and yeasty. Flavor was roast malts, yeast, honey, dark fruit, with a dry chocolate finish and some spiciness. Very complex, good stuff.
beerbill (3456) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a large, fluffy tan head that lasted until the last sip and left a moderate amount of lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, brown sugar apples and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is quite malty with brown sugar and dates also noted. Mild alcohol flavor at the finish, which becomes stronger as the beer warms. Fairly smooth at the finish with only slight bitterness. Enjoyable.
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured dark ruby/brownish with an off-white head. Buttery-caramel and malt aroma. Mellow, soft palate with tangy, dark fruit notes. Some sour yeast before the malt finish. Also some cloves in the finish too. Teetered on cloying but the brew pulled it off nicely.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Pilsnerpete. Muddy, brown body with a very large, tan head. Head is fizzy and beer is clearly a bit overcarbonated. Nose is quite pleasant with dark fruits, light toffee and candi sugar, very light citrus and a touch of floral hops. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with lots of toffee, some dark fruit, a dose of licorice and quite a bit of roast. Actually, this would probably be a very nice beer if not for a bit too much dark malts, which seems to be the biggest difference (and the flaw) in American made Belgian Strongs. Medium body is very soft and carbonation, though present in high levels is gentle. Finish is long, but a bit unpleasant with the aforementioned dark malts coming through quite heavily and a very strong lingering licorice. All-in-all, not a bad effort from a decidedly mediocre brewery.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a cloudy brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of mustiness, fennel, dates, clove, brown sugar, and raisins. Flavor of yeast, raisins, cocoa, herbal, and dates.
jimhilt (2413) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five+ finger very light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt malt nose. Flavor is malty, dark fruit and some yeast. $10.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Tim. Brown, light tan head. Nose is yeast, light roasted malt, cocoa, some hops & alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, roasty malt, yeast, phenols. Spicy with alcohol & roasty malt in the finish. Underwhelming.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet fruity aroma. Deep brown body, huge beige head. Flavor is true to style, fruity, somewhat complex, sweet with honey. A bit too sweet for my taste, but nevertheless a tasty and high quality offering.
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark purple brown with brief beige foam. Nose is candi, orange peel, grass and raisin. Almost syrupy but softened with fuzzy carb. Taste is raisin, yeast and orange. Dry finish with brown bread.
Trev (1945) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark but opaque cola brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roast malt, light brown sugar and orange peel as well as a light spice.
Flavour is belgian sugary malt body, some honey coming through with a bit of dark fruits, and yeast. medium slightly nutty malt body and high carbonation. Slightly sticky sweet finish.