lightbias (442) - USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is malty, warm and full of peat and sweetness; very inviting. The ruddy, hazy brew is full of sediment and capped with a a thick, frothy foam, latte in hue and somewhat akin to the cap on a root beer float. Visually delicious!
- The flavor is somewhat anchored to the aroma, and the maple adds a sweetness to the already sweet malty backbone. The body is respectable, but not overbearing, and holds a level of carbonation that carries the flavors and aroma to a mild, and very quaffable end. At 9.5% this should be a booze bomb, but instead, from crack of the cap to long after the swallow, there is nothing but a mellow, drinkable beer. Not amazing, but certainly a beer I would drink again.
biirusaikou (2363) - - JAN 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Maple syrup is nicely integrated, mouthfeel is so smooth and soft that it feels like marshmallow with pleasant plum/fig fruitiness, gentle warming finish with a touch of cinnamon. Delicious brew, great for early winter, definitely will chase other aged versions.
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
January 1, 2015. Bottle, notched 1 and 5, probably bottled january 2015 (?).
Murky reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity and light boozy with toffee, apricot, maple syrup, hints of cinnamon and light earthy.
Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is malty and a bit fruity with toffee, peach, pear, herbal, light spicy and an earthy slight harsh touch of alcohol.
Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Good but there is a light disturbing touch of higher alcohol.
mzaar (2705) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska. Mörkbrun öl med ett medel mot litet beigt skum. Dofter och smaker av karamell, torkad frukt, nöt och sirap. Alkohol sticker igenom i eftersmaken. Medelstor kropp.
Jokestereo (296) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy brown with a very thin line of white head. Aroma; dades, caramel, dried fruits and apricot. Flavours; sweet dades, maple syrup, dried fruits, caramel, honey and herbal tones.
linusb (718) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark brown, thin lacing N: Dates, caramel, apricot, candy T: Dates, caramel O: Very complex! Sweet and bitter at the same time.
Douberd (4635) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe du Printemps) Bottle 341 ml from free beer week. Served into a snifter, ABV 9.1%
Deep red brown colour on the body, with a good sized, thin, beige head on top, with average retention.
Aroma of malts, caramel, spices, maple syrup.
Sweet taste, with malts, light caramel, apples with honey, maple syrup, hints of spices, light wood, warming alcohol.
Medium body, good carbonation.
ebone1988 (1260) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, subtle maple, slight metallic, smells a lot like an old ale. Appearance is ruby, light tan head. Taste is balanced, not a lot standing out, but might caramel and toffee, sweet malt, very malty finish. Mouthfeel is light for the style, medium body and carbonation. Overall, I keep expecting great things from them and keep being disappointed.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a murky dark mahogany color with a thinner, soapy, light tan head with some spots of lace as it falls to a bubbly collar. The aroma is strange. There is a little metallic tendency present. The maple does come through on the back but it's light, and an accent piece at best. There is a sweet malt undertone and a light scotch ale sweetness. The malts are nicely balanced by the maple sweetness. Not a lot of caramel, which is typical, but it's serviceable. The flavor is all dry roasted malt. There is an off putting sweetness and a light metallic that sucks, to be frank. There isn't any maple, and it's heavily disappointing. The mouth feel is thin and light. There is a decent carbonation and a lingeringly weird and sweet malt finish and a blandness that I'm not feeling at all. This is just not good.
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SaintMatty (6629) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml Bottle - Brown with red tinges. Caramel, popcorn, maple syrup and biscuity malt in the aroma. Fruity, malty and moderately sweet taste with toffee, maple syrup, biscuity malt and caramel popcorn standing out. Easy to drink considering its strength and very tasty but I am not sure if it would become very sickly after one bottle. Having said that, the strength means that one bottle is enough!