rejtable (888) - Ontario, - SEP 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís hard to overstate how good the beer these guys make generally is. Big massive malt sweetness up front. Caramel, maybe molasses, some chocolate. Alcohol burn is there, but it just feels right. Medium thick in the mouth with low carbonation.
Bule (230) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle at Monk's Kettle. Pours a coppery brown color with a bit of frothy head. Lots of subtle flavors all coming together here. Needs a few minutes to breathe.
crossovert (4760) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour with a quickly-dissipating head. The smell is dried fruits, wood, and wine. Flavor is sweet, no bitterness. It is a bit tangy, lots of caramel as well as dark fruits. Not as vinous as the smell would suggest but it is there. The yeast note is a subdued. Not bad but not on par with the best in this hard to pull off style.
Bacterial (467) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy dark brown pour with a nice light tan head. Nose is malty goodness with hints of dark fruit and spice. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel - almost no indication that its 10.5% until a little alcohol in the finish. Quite nice!
BlackHaddock (2432) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taken in íLa Trappeí San Fransisco on 6 Feb 2013. The basement is very dark (where we sat anyway), so I had trouble seeing the true colour of the beer: it looked dark brown though. The bottle label being dark also was almost unseeable too, which is a shame because the art work is lovely.
The smell told me however I had a great beer in front of me, even if I couldnít see it too well. Malty molasses and rich fruit esters filled my nose and I couldnít wait to taste it.
The richness of the flavours exploded in my mouth, sweet malty molasses (like the aroma) with hints of toffee, caramel and chocolate. Add dark fruit and yeastiness into the mix and you have a very tasty beer indeed.
Full bodied and rich from the first sip, overall an excellent beer.
NikkTwist (965) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Eulogy. Nearly opaque pour that shows as a hazy dark red brown under bright light. Nice tight small bubble head that reduces to a lasting foam. Not much aroma. Unexpected burnt breadiness at first sip. Medium dark red fruit. Grapes and plums halfway to being raisins and prunes. Harsh bitterness up front with a syrupy sweetness underneath. I feel pretty confident that this beer has not aged enough. The bitter grassy breadiness should die away and the underlying fruit should darken and mature. It would be a stretch to say I taste any chocolate at this point. Hopefully will find an older version of this. Will rate upon that expectation.
Rangi (401) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown poor with a pleasant frothy white head. Aroma of ripe dark fruits slight spice. Flavour is the same but more so. †Boozy with a pleasant after burn. †Has a slight molasses after taste. As it warms up there is a faint flavour of chocolate. †The beverage also becomes really nicely mellow.†
jdavidh (62) - Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured on tap at Eulogy in philly. Full finger of creamy head retreated quickly to leave minimal lacing. Color is a nice medium browb. Nose is insanely strong. Dark and milk chocolates dominate. Taste was somewhat disappointing. Slight soapiness, very little of the chocolate from the nose. Still pleasantly sweet and well balanced.
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italianjohn (2041) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour, thin off white head ... aroma of rich molasses, caramel malts, candi sugar and chocolate malts .... taste is of sugary caramel malts, chocolate malts, spicy dark fruity yeast, molasses with a bitter bite ... finish is dry, bitter and malty .... a bit boozy in the taste for me and sweeter than iíd like an abt, but this is def a solid above average abt just lacks the mouthfeel
umich03jm (983) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a murky dark mahogany color with a small foamy head that fades but never completely goes away. Aroma is cherries and chocolate with hints of caramel and spices. Tastes bit like chocolate covered cherries but without being rich at all. More of a boozy taste and the carbonation is a little foamy. Kinda cough syrupy. Finish is very boozy, especially when it warms up. Overall, a very nice aroma with a disappointing taste. Not really my thing here.
jcos (1203) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location/Date:Bottle shared with Dave on 5/16/2013.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown.
Aroma: Aroma is slightly earthy, hints of caramel.
Taste: Draft fruit, some chocolate and caramel, earthy on the end.
Palate:Medium body, slick.
Summary: Definitely one of the better beers of this style Iíve had made on this continent. Probably the second best Dieu du Ciel beer Iíve had. Impressive.