Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe & Thorpette. Thanks!
The beer appears dark brown colored with a small head that leaves some random lacing on the glass. The aroma offers caramels, oak, booze, fruity malts. Smells nice. The flavor follows suit, with a mild sweetness that never becomes overpowering. Well balanced. Delicious and easy drinking. Beautiful caramel flavor. Alcohol content is well disguised, with just a light, pleasing warmth in the finish. Overall, a terrific beer. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-15-2012
Drake (6503) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a hazy dark copper color with a thin head. Fair head retention. Aroma of big toffee notes, herbal hops, raisins and a faint salty note. The taste is raisin, toffee, herbal hops. Full bodied, lingering bitterness.
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
19/X/2012 - 1Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle @ De Hopduvel - Best After: I/29/2011 (2012-1147) Thanks to Bobochamp for the share!
Clear dark red brown beer, small aery brown head, bit adhesive, unstable. Aroma: from the bottle: a hint of chocolate, dried fruits, and caramel. From the glass: caramel, vanilla, some dried fruits, bourbon, little sourish note. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: little sweet, sour red berries, dark chocolate, mocha, leathery, earthy notes, caramel. Aftertaste: chocolate, bourbon, some mocha, slight hop bitterness, bit sourish, vinous almost, quite alcoholic after burn.
khoffman43 (851) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Darkness Day. Pours a fantastic dark amber. Aroma is.sweet fruit (cherry) and a little alcohol. Flavor is a nice mix of sweet fruit, some spices and the warming sensation of alcohol. Fantastic beee.
BoBoChamp (4186) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, at 10%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2010, thx to Secret Santa!, complex brew, malty/fruity and slightly vinous/woody, not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
Bambalanz (14) - temecula, California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very very nice. Found a place to get bottles of this and I am glad I did.
I am trying it in the middle of summer, but I feel like the appropriate time for this ale is indeed the holidays. It pours dark, dark, black with almost purpleish tinges. Not much head to speak of, but then again I have a gentle pour. So... The feel is so smooth, not too heavy, not sticky. Just very smooth. The taste is sweet. Figs, toffee, plums and dates spread on a soft french roll is about how I would describe this. I want to sip this in front of a fire. Seated in a recliner wearing a smoking jacket. If you can find this, buy it. Happy hunting.
GarrettB (787) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One way to make a beer drinker acutely aware of his taste buds is to press upon him the very temporary nature of his drinking session. A title like, oh, ĎOnce in a Decadeí might do the trick. Itís similar to how astronomers drum up interest in celestial events by emphasizing not the visual beauty of a meteor shower or the scientific glory of a passing ball of fire, but how rare the occasion is, and how probably it is youíll be able to see it again if you refuse to get out of your chair. This strategy is so effective that, even as I give a subtle nod to the Deschutes marketing department, Iím looking at a block of tasting notes about twice as long as my median beer review. Letís put those down: a dark and murky beer, dark brown hues on the edges and gurgling, shadowed hints of carbonation. Chocolate plays center stage in the aroma - a light and sweet milk chocolate - and a sweetness that begs for but does not quite conjure raspberry mocha. The flavor is a weirder beast. Itís a dark sweetness, common to a lot of dark beers, but with an added and unexpected tanginess. Figs, dark brown sugar, a surprising edge of cranberry and a heavy dose of alcohol blend together to make an all together unique flavor. A long, pealing aftertaste extends the palatable joy, stretching out the flavors of the dark chocolate maltiness and fig, and giving the drinker a lot to savor between sips. The aroma didnít suggest such an exceptional flavor, but it grows on you, like a newly discovered and adored taste. This makes it all the more tragic that it is a Once a Decade treat, but that has, indeed, added to its memorable quality.
mrmartin (560) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red brown pour with a thick tan head and nice lacing. Grapey, leather, oak with a very soft mouth feel. A slighty booze and sweet finish. Overall, A little too sweet for my liking but well done.
ACHops (282) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from Beerhive Pub in SLC. Bottle says best after 1/29/11. Pours super dark amber with a slight golden tint. Medium mocha head that fades somewhat quickly. Aroma is... wow. Rich bourbon, licorice, leather, molasses all jump out. Taste is big, dark caramel malts with brown sugar sweetness, a hint of vanilla, and just enough hops for balance. Not that different from Jubelale, just cranked up rich malts, extra abv, and the barrel aging that gives it all those wonderful notes. Thinner body than youíre expecting from the smell. Itís hard to be neutral about this one - this is one of my favorite beers ever. The only negative Iíll throw out there is that Deschutes will apparently only make this every 10 years. Itís way too good for that and should join their once per year reserve series with Abyss, Black Butte XX*, etc. Or at least every other year like theyíre doing with The Dissident.
ngeunit1 (1550) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts and dark fruits with some brown sugar, oak, red grapes, vanilla, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark fruit and dark caramel malts with a bit of licorice and vanilla. Through the middle, some more raisin and other dark fruits come through with some red wine grapes, oak, and brown sugar. Finish is a mix of molasses, dark fruit, dark caramel malts, oak, red wine grape, and a bit of booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice overall balance. The barrel adds some nice character next to the malty base beer.