dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle from from Alpar). Pours dark brown/almost black and a riculously large tan head. Carbonation is active. Aroma is chocolate, dark ripe cherries, coffee and caramel. Taste is sweet malt with some nice roast. A little bit of anise at the end. Full bodied with an oily texture. Dry, roasty finish. Pretty good beer that is nicely balanced.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown bear color with small tan head. Smells strong. Lots of carob, acidic chocolate, dark fruit, and booze. Light carbonation but a bit fizzy. Licorice is on the palate, then dark roast, mild acidic coffee, dried cranberry, chocolate cookies that are slightly burnt around the edges. Would benefit from a creamier palate, as it ends up seeming a little tart and even thin, but pretty good overall of course.
3fourths (8603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep brown body with a tan / cocoa colored head. nose of raisin bread, rum, chocolate pastries, plum jam, caramel malt and nugat. high carbonation and effervescence, out of balance for the body, acid and sweetness. cookie raisin rum plum malt-forward taste with mild to medium roast / chocolate / coffee. turns phenolic when warmer and has an unpleasant but mild tartness and dirtiness from the yeast. could use less carbonation, less yeast and more cookie / dark fruit malt which works well with the roast.
mikem409 (1849) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
i get a little fig and booze on the nose as it warms very tingly and bubbly. smooth finish very roasted mouth fell
Ratman197 (11260) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, licorice, cola, cocoa and light coffee. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of roastiness, cola, light licorice, light cocoa and light carmel with a crisp lingering roasty finish.
nuplastikk (5072) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 Snifter at CCB tasting room. Opaque brown black, thin beige head. Sweet brown sugar/chocolate aroma. Damn, this is a nice beer. Really is the missing link between Porter and Dubbel. Has the drinkable subtlety of both, with the big flavor of both as well. Semi roasty, some dark candi sugar notes as well. Roasty, chalky, with some dark raisiny fruit tones as well. Really nails it. Great beer, highly recommended.
ekoerper (596) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: chocolate, plums and raisins, rich malts, caramel and slight sweetness, some spiciness. Pours black, thick tan head with great retention, leaves some lacing. Fairly roasty flavor, chocolate and caramel, dark fruits and spicy Belgian yeast notes, moderate bitterness, toasty malts. Medium body, high carbonation.
Atom (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to jzzbassman! Pours dark brown/black with a huge tan head. Aroma of raisin, chocolate, licorice, clove, coffee, and molasses. Very thick texture, taste of bitter chocolate and coffee balanced nicely with sweet molasses an licorice. Very nice!
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown almost black. with a big white head that settles to a ring of foam. Aroma of caramel and bitter chocolate. Flavor continues with sweet malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Thin oily body.
arminjewell (8632) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle is dark brownish black with off white head, aroma has notes of toffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, anise and dark fruit notes in there as well. Taste is a mix of some grassy hops, sweet caramel, toffee and dark fruit, some bitter chocolate and roast, hints of anise, finishing slightly bitter.