sm89walt (1754) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail. I popped the cap inducing a slow gush & a particulate pour with a huge, rocky & frothy, lasting light tan head on top of a deep & dark lively, ruddy brown body. Rich & spicy dark, dried fruits, molasses, coffee, rummy booze & woody aromas. Quite heady on the tongue too with spicy fruits, coffee, roasted malts, liquorice & booze. Medium to full body, full carbonation which dries it out on the palate. Initially over carbonated but smooth, chewy & soft once it subsided. Slightly warming in the throat. Quite bitter with coffee, dark chocolate & roasted malt to finish. A big beer with great bittersweet balance & heft throughout.
sneevel (71) - - SEP 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a thick beige head. Complex aroma of nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. More of the same in the mouth - there’s a lot going on here. Enough hoppy bitterness to hold the beer together, not so much as to become annoying. De Molen does it again.
mcberko (6260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330mL bottle, pours a very deep dark mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, dark fruits (especially cherries), perfume, light brown sugar and some licorice or anise. Flavour contains the perfume (in a good way), with candied sugar, dark dried fruits, a bit of wood and some anise. Quite complex and sophisticated, certainly an unusual flavour profile. After a while, the sweetness becomes a little cloying, making it rather difficult to drink much. Decent off-kilter experiment.
daje (2146) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown body, close to black, tanned head. Spicy aroma with cocoa and red fruits, earthly hops. Strong and bitter taste of coffee, chocolate, peels of citrus fruits and spices. Really amazing full taste. Good bitterness throughout, lasting aftertaste of coffee and lemon. Nice!
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden. Dark brown, light brown head. Very sweet and boozy aroma, dark sugars and alcohol vapors that make my eyes water over the mouth of the glass. Flavours of molasses, caramel, candied figs, with a finish that offers a bit of acidity. There is a mild spiciness in here too. Once my palate adjusted to the sweet & boozy thing, the complexity of this beer showed through.
Theydon_Bois (8081) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Craft Beer Co - 02/04/12.
Poured a hazy dark brown with a small cap of off-white head.
Sweet malt, wood and a good whiff of booze on the nose.
Belgian yeast, toffee, some spice, wood, a little bitter chocolate and a dash of pepper in the taste.
Rich and complex, well structured, the high end of medium in body with little carbonation of note. Dry warming finish with the alcohol being well disguised.
tommann (2665) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is toffee, raisin and alcohol. Taste has heavy raisin throughout, with a strong bitter finish. Some liquorice. Grassy aftertaste.
fletchfighters (1056) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A-- Poured a dark brown color and settled black with some tints of red on the sides. Slow pour got a massive, almost 4 finger brown sugar colored head. Did take its time to recede though. Very clean, left no lacing at all. Good head retention but think this might be a bit over carbonated.
S-- There is Alcohol in this?? Really?? 10.2%? Does not smell like it. Candied sugar, plumbs, and a lot of malt and roasted malts. Near burnt coffee like malts.
T-- Oddly enough big and thick but carbonated. Bittering hops do kick in in taste but this is on the thick side but with more carbonation. A lot of burnt coffee and stewed plumbs/ dark fruits.
M-- Sweet in the mouth. Almost want to say poached pear or plumb. A little thick and syrupy but workable. Bitter coffee finish with some dark fruits. Booze does become more noticeable in the mouth. More it warms up the more aniseed it becomes.
D-- Can be harsh and unfinished at times and at other times brilliant
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Mooi & Meeddogenloos
Date: July 14, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, pillowy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet estery aroma, fruity, fusel, hint of roasted, touch of tartness
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of esters, touch of balancing phenolic spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Big alcohol aroma with chocolate and dark peat. Boozy but incredibly tasty. Tasty peat, chocolate, candy, hints of molasses. The more you drink the more you want to drink.