wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely flawless. Pours with a thick longstanding head. Hints of caramel, raisins, and orange in both the flavor and the aroma. Taste remains on the tongue for quite some time.
bubbleflubber (1850) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Greenville beer festival, this pour hazy caramel with a nice ring of suds that leave sparse lacing. Sweet malt and honey to the nose. Sweet honey and melon upfront, with a nicely balanced malt finish. Smooth with soft carbonation, a dessert beer lover's delight. ABV perfectly hidden. Delicious!!
Maxbier (353) - Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kurt E. for the suggestion and thanks to Steven W. for sharing. Brown pour with big (really big) dense pillowy brown head. Aroma is very Belgian with caramel, chocolate, allspice and lightly roasted malt. Vary malty taste up front, just the right amount of bitterness to balance the malt. Belgian spicy yeasty flavors. Creamy malt finish with a hint of spice. ABV is not hidden but not overpowering.... OK, not going to drive a car right now though.
Beerathon (1243) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fizzy, almost has the appearance of a quad. Honey is evident along with dark fruit flavors. Some background sweetness, but subdued. Decent.
allmyvinyl (3919) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Stuu666’s. Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of dark sugar, caramel, spice. Taste is dark sugar sweet, spice. Creamy texture, bit fizzy.
Stuu666 (3144) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, nose is sugary, toffee, caramel, taste is rich, caramel, light fruit, a bit fizzy.
Garrold (1596) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Lightly hazy, copper colour. Thin, tight, lasting, sticky, tan head. Dried fruit. Fresh, ripe plum. Light caramel. Light toffee. Some milky chocolate. Fruity, zesty orange on the back end. Taste is light sweet. Woody dry. Soft, lightly chewy, creamy palate. Finish gets spicy, dry, and now is when any honey becomes evident. Light bitter close. Very nice.
AgentAle (735) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is apple, plum, Belgian candy sugar and rich sweet malts. Taste is again sweet roasted malts, dark fruits and light yeast notes. Slight bitter tang at finish but generally pretty smooth. Appearance is a very dark cloudy amber with a very nice medium pearl head that retains quite well.
Ericular (678) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Northgate Tasting. Some serious carbonation problems with all of these bottles. SUPER carbonated, overflowing the sample cup and exploding in mouth. Not sure if a bad batch, but all of the bottles being sampled were like this.
mike5326 (972) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Murky light brown color, medium off white head. Medium fruit aroma. Medium body with a light malt and spice flavor and light finish.
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Darkmagus82 (1780) - - OCT 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-21-14-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a mahogany brown color with two fingers of a tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer has a big strong dark fruity smell composed of some aromas of raisin, plum and red grapes. Along with these aromas are smells of yeast, which bring with them aromas of banana and a bit of a spice smell of clove and coriander. Other aromas of a honey sweetness as well as some orange and candied sugar are there as well, mixing with the rest, as well as a nice bready and lightly boozy smell, with overall produce a very pleasant fruity and sweet Belgian dark aroma.
Taste – While the taste begins rather sweet it is slightly drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a nice roasted malt taste mixed with lots of darker fruit flavors. The heaviest dark fruit flavor is that of a cherry taste, but other big raisin and plum flavors are mixed with it. Right from the start there are some other sweeter flavors of a more candied sugar and honey flavor as well. The darker fruit and candied/honey flavors fade a bit as the taste moves forward with some rather yeasty flavors taking their place. With the advent of the yeast, so too comes flavors banana as well as of spice with coriander, clove, and a little bit of nutmeg all there. These flavors meld quite nicely with the darker fruit flavors and darker roasted malt tastes creating a nice blend of spiced darer fruit and roast. With hints of a boozy alcohol coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice crisp and smooth dark fruit and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit thinner then I would have anticipated for a Belgian Strong dark of 9 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the higher and more prickly champagne like side. Both are good for creating the nice crisp feel of the brew which complements the slightly drier nature (well for a Belgian Strong Dark at least) well, but yet the body still all the while has enough thickness and oomph to support all the darker flavors of the brew.
Overall – This was a very enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion. A nice mix of fruitiness, roastiness, spice, and booze, all with a slightly drier and nice crispness and drinkability.