elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, poured in snifter, at Cambridge Brewing Company. Pours dark brown-purple, with no real head. Downright ominous. Aroma has huge dark fruit and oak. Tons of raisin, dates, black cherry, and sherry-something. Flavor hits with equal bang, such a deluxe sweet and complex blend. I could go on and on about what is present, but I’d say that plum and sweet raisin dominate the entry, followed by chocolate covered fruit, oak, and sour cherry. No alcohol showing through at 12% ABV makes this beer all the more special. Excellent, too bad Cambridge doesn’t bottle this!
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Note: CBC 17th anniversary aged in a wood barrell brewed in 2001.
Oh my is all I can say...poured a dark black hard to tell in this light whether or not it is pitch black but it is very close leaving a tan head in its wake. The aroma is dark fruits, raisins, figs, nuts, brown sugar, chocolate are all present in the nose.
The taste is syrup thick, nutty, figs, lots of dark fruit with a syrup consistency and a chocolate fudge background. This is the most complex nose, and taste I’ve ever come across. This brew had to be an experiment, cause who would think of putting all these different flavors together. But they compliment each other so well. And so drinkable at 10%
The nose is as complex as a Belgian ale, with the chocolate hop presence of a stout, and finishing with a tartness of a well crafted sour ale. Could this be, all these flavors combined by a mad scientist, it is true. The only disappointing thing about this beer is that I will never be able to sample this again.
GonZoBeeR (2751) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage2001,On tap at the pub...
A brown,small head.....
Flavor:Strong chocolate,molasso,malt caramel....
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
En fût au Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA. Robe noire sans mousse. Arômes de chocolat noir, de porto, de caramel et de fruits rouges. Saveurs de madère, de chocolat noir, de cerises noires, de porto et de malt caramélisé.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught snifter at CBC 5/5/06. Pours a dark brown/black color with no head. Texture is very smooth with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Aroma is dates and raisins, some light chocolate notes. The taste is very datey and raisins again, some of the chocolate is there too. Some light wood notes and hints of sweetness.
Ernest (5865) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, caramel), with notes of cherry, sherry, and wood.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Had several samples of this due to the buzz surrounding it on the floor, but could not form an affection for it. Aged too long or improperly (fairly strong oxidation that took away the charms it may have had). Looks great on paper, but rather disappointing to sample.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005
Dark coloured and very strong in alcohol. Some fruit and chocolate flavours. Slightly bitter whisky finish.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Woody, minty, herbal, maple, tart aroma with some Belgian yeast character, dates and raisins apparent. Opaque muddy brown body with very low, off white head that recedes to ring. Chocolate, raisins, dates, fig-like fruit flavours with some funky vinous character and some alcohol. Tart in the woody, bitter finish. Medium body is quite dry with lively, lightly prickly carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005. This gets my vote for top overall beer at the festival for this year!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF- Pours deep brown w/ no head. Nutty brown sugar aromas with some lactic sourness and a lot of ask and maple syrup. Med. Body w/ almost no CO2. Light sourness and very port like. Sweet finish. Just awesome.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a dark brown, small white head. Aroma is cookie dough, hot chocolate cooked over an open campfire, sour cherries and just a hint of vinegar. Flavor starts sour, cherries and apple, goes into a chocolate and burn/roasted malt thing. Dry, but clean finish to it.