jackl (5806) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Amber pour with a small head. Caramel malt, some toast and dirt pile. Taste as light singed grass bitterness. Pear and honey apple bake. More toffee. Slightly oily, medium body. Pleasant.
superspak (3412) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, light chocolate, herbal, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt/candi sugar and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, candi sugar, biscuit, light chocolate, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, candi sugar, biscuit, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity of malt/candi sugar and fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong dark ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt/candi sugar and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #33. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Aroma of stone fruit, caramel malt, mild spice. The taste is caramel, stone fruits, yeast, spice in the finish. Medium bodied.
GT2 (9359) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
651mL thanks to MrLo. Pours a murky deep red amber. Weak yellowish head. Nose is strawberry tea, toffee, broccoli, mint, soapy chemical. Taste is sticky strawberry syrup, astringent tea, paper. Palate is dry, dusty, papery, some vegetal stickiness. Okay.
citydave (65) - - APR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Nice warm finish. Would be nice on a cold day. Little to no head. Appealing color. New rater, not sure what else to say.
ddemmingjr (783) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: pours deep clear amber, brief off white head that dissipates. Nose is dark fruits, cinnamon, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Somewhat syrupy, sweet then a fair amount of spicy booze on the tongue. Much better as it warms but has a sweetness that gets to me on the finish. Warming by the fire, it's doable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours crystal clear dark amber with a nice white head that quickly dissipates. Smells a little bit of the yeast...and the nice mustiness of belgians brews. Tastes alcohol, vanilla...a tiny bit woody. Pretty Good.
jtclockwork (10888) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RBWG Downtown Inn lobby tasting. Late night. Pours orange amber. Nose and taste of resin, sweet toffee, candy sugar and orange candy. Medium body.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Buckeye, they got one thing right, strong this beer doesnt hide its alcohol at all.. its rough and tumble with high booze, little hop backbone and lots of candied sugar. Buckeye is headed in the wrong direction I fear.
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 Average dark beer not too smooth can?t compete with competitors and can?t seem to get any smoother