jimhilt (2403) - 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 (3358) - 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 (1936) - 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.
demitriustown (1068) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle: Aroma is fruity with a nice bubble gum and yeast characteristic to it. A light malt backing and an ever so slight amount of alcohol poking through on the scent. Appearance is very cloudy almost black pour with a medium sized off white almost tan head that lingers for quite a while. Taste is mouth coating, very carbonated, slightly malty, alcohol in there as well, somewhat astringent, yeast, and a Belgian fruit taste. Overall, I liked it. Pretty solid all around in my honest opinion.
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured this 750 caged and corked bottle into to different glasses the first being a Duvel tulip It just didn’t work it produced a ton of white head way to much for the presentation stay away from that glass the second being a standard challis which really helped out it still had a nice two finger head that settled down to a thick lace. The body was a dark burgandy when held to the light.
The aromas coming from this brew are the typical Belgian yeasts dark fruits and a light alcohol heat. The flavors follow the nose is so much as the dark fruits are dominant in there. With the fruitiness of the yeast helping as well the mouth is to the light side of medium but the carbonation is great.
A great American Belgian dark I wouldn’t expect any less from Brooklyn brewery. Very drinkable and I will by this brew again
dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Spirits RB. Pours a solid brown body with the outer edges weighing in with some orange/red highlights with a large very frothy mocha colored head that disipates and leaves not much in the way of Belgian lace. Aroma starts off with lots of sugary chocolate, artifiicail cheap sugary chocolate at that, tropical and dark fruit notes, yeast, slight honey, slight orange, nutts. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a syrupy last swallow followed by lots of sweet lingering malts and yeast. Falvors of cheap suagery chocolate, orange, floral notes, grainy bread, yeast and slight alcohol. Hmmm......jury is still out on this one, my original impression wasn’t that great but this one really started growing on me. Perhaps a second bottle to age and rearate at a later date.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to emacgee. poured a dark brown with a beige head. aroma of caramel, spices, orange, and honey. flavor is right on with the nose as well. light body with high carbonation. i think i am a bigger fan of the local 1.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mekong on 03/21/2009. Somewhat cloudy dark brown body with ruby highlights and a small frothy off-white head. Sweet belgian spcie aroma with a bit of molassas and fruitiness. Sweet belgian spice flavor, some caramel and light fruitiness. Medium body with moderately high carbonation and a very smooth finish. 7/4/8/4/15 - 3.8
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 03/14/2009. Clear dark brown body with a medium frothy off-white head. Roasty and chocoalte aroma with some dark candi sugar. Caramel and chocolate flavor with some grainy hints with a bit of roast. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7