nearbeer (3435) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.66 L bottle, wrapped like a gift with a tag, and no label on the bottle inside. Tag says number 16855. bottled April 2011. Just shy of opaque, the chocolate body has a lasting centimeter of sticky, creamy foam. Sweet alcoholic nose of vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, roasted peanut, toffee, and a hint of smoky char. Taste is less sweet than expected: front has more char and toast blended with the sweetish chocolate and caramel that show up in the middle. Earthy toast and peanut, whiskey, ash and light oak help to dry the finish a bit. Medium body is a little sticky, and hot for 9%, but a nice sipper.
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thx. to Travlr / Gene for this one @ RBBWG 2013 the morning-after tasting – this was the last Embrasse variation I still hadn’t tried yet. Consequently this is also my #1750 beer rating & #800 Belgian beer (I count DvdK as a Belgian brewery because they are awesome so I claim them). Aged for 3 months 1/3 whisky & 1/3 cognac. The bottle itself is a bit old now, what 2 years? Dunno… Pours a murky wooden brown with café au lait head. Smells sweet of milk chocolate, lots, sugar, creamy, woody with some cognac & whisky. Taste delicious, sweet with milk chocolate, chocolate milk, brown sugar, creamy, vanilla, cupcakes, warming but not boozy in the back with cognac warmth and smoothness plus light peat. Creamy, chocolate milk substance, tough light but perfectly fine. Delicious beer. Quite love it.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and fruity nose with a light peat smoke. Tate is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, some smoke, some raisins, lots of toffee.
erickok (3185) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - AUG 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black bodied with small creamy head. Apple pie, toffee, white chocolate, and hazelnut liquor. Taste is mild sweet and reveals some wood as well as a faint whiskey heat. Alcoholic doesn’t play nice and body is quite thin. Wasn’t very impressed by the normal version and this is only somewhat better. (66cl bottle)
Vaiz (3149) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Emelisse Oktoberfest 2010. Spicy aroma with licorice, dark fruits and roasted malt. Some caramel in the flavor, sweet, spicy and slightly bitter. Some vanilla and oak comes along in the flavor. Nice complex brew and heavy flavor. Great.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy dark tan, opaque, bit of muddy caramel and chocolate, bit of light whisky. More whisky in flavor, finish particular, light caramel, plum, cherry, bit of spice lingers in nose.
PhillyCraft (2850) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Special edition version lagered for three months on oak, aged in 1/3 whiskey barrel and 2/3 cognac. Split with Pat for his re-emergence back into the beer game. Poured a deep, bloody, chestnut with a massively complex, thick, khaki colored head. Gothic church window spiderweb lacing. Aromas and Flavor are chocolate, pepper, cedar gruit, sour black cherries, dutch smoked gouda, vanilla, whiskey oak, slight funk. I was already a huge fan of the normal Embrasse but this one took the cake. Full bodied rich flavored belgian that outlived my expecations. Awesome.
GRM (2832) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650 ml, from and with Philippe Wouters (merci!), savoured on January 11 2012; eye: maroon, opaque, no effervescence, minuscule ring of brown head, slight lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light woody, light alcohol; mouth: malt, caramel, light woody, light alcohol, metallic, malty finale, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Bouteille, 650 ml, de et avec Philippe Wouters (merci!), savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : marron, opaque, pas d’effervescence, minuscule anneau de mousse brun, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger boisé, léger alcool; bouche : malt, caramel, léger boisé, léger alcool, métallique, finale maltée, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien
Ober (2806) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear dark brown colored beer, with a firm beige head. The aroma of dark fruits and dark malt, som wood notes and hints of whisky. The taste of whisky, wood, dark malts and some sweet fruits. The aftertaste is nice sweet with some whisky and bitter notes.
probstblueribbon (2749) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber shared at GRM’s. Very murky mahogany with a thin tan veil. Definite wood, dark dried fruit, a touch bright, tart berries/cherries, decent. Medium+ body, soft effervescence, slick. Some smoke, metallic, dusty/musty, tart cherries, chocolate, not entirely pleasant; off dry with a warm, alcoholic finish hat is very dusty and not quite enjoyable.