Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is brown with absolutely no head. Thick and syrupy. The aroma has notes of molasses, maple syrup, vanilla, slight roast, dried fruits, etc. Very complex aroma. Iím sure itís there in t he flavor, too, but I canít get past how cloyingly sweet it is. The mouthfeel is good and coating, which helps the aftertaste linger, but thereís too much sugar left in this one for my taste. Great experiment, but not for me.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown pour with a sudsy layer of tan foam. Big notes of brown sugar, booze-soaked raisins, Belgian yeast and toffee in the aroma. Taste blends caramel malt, raisins and dates along with some cherry and fruity esters toward the end. Mouthfeel is relatively dense and creamy with soft carbonation and more raisins and booze in the finish. Overall, the high ABV does a good job of holding all the dark fruit and sugary malt flavors together.
mstrcrwly (727) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle dated 11/21/14..chestnut pour with an off white head..aroma of raisins,booze,caramel,toffee..tastes of booze,dark fruits..eh.
Emeister84 (1642) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of grape, raisin, brandy, red wine, cocoa, cooked sugar. Ruby with a decently lasting white head. A little sweet, somewhat boozy, flavors of dried fruit. Full bodied.
cernjoh (177) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Talk about big beers, this one coming in at or above 18% abv. I poured this from a bottle (2014 vintage) into a snifter. Aroma is of dark fruits and booze. A rather good blend of booze and dark fruits (raisins). Taste matches the nose but with a burn down the throat and belly. Appearance is a clear burgundy color with a barely noticable light tan ring of foam along the perimeter of the glass. Palate is well balanced with a creaminess that comes from the combination of carbonation and viscosity. An excellent beer I recommend you swwk out. I am sure this will age well. Cheers!
ajnepple (3788) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Tap and Handle last week. Brown appearance with a beige head and light lacing. Kinda boozy, malty, moderately sweet, dark and fruity with a strong finish. Full body. OK.
JStax (3975) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 bottle shared. The beer is a clear copper color with a beige head of foam that dissipates quickly. The aroma has a lot of alcohol, but also has a bit of dark fruit and cinnamon as well. The taste has sweetness, but the alcohol is very hot still. Maybe I drank this too fresh.
JefVerstraete (2224) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks yourilevesque! Copper colour, almost no foam. Bit syrupy. Sweet nose of raisins, sweet malts, caramel. Some fruitiness. Berries and other dark fruits. Very well balanced. Great beer!
radio_nowhere (1231) - Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into snifter glass, clear deep reddish-copper color with tan head. Aroma notes of alcohol, raisins, caramel malt sweetness, toffee and dark fruits. Taste adds brown sugar, molasses, berries, prunes, figs, bread, candy sugar and booze. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, rich with boozy sweet fruity finish. Like a really heavy raisin barleywine, actually very drinkable for 18+ freakiní percent!
S_Side_Smitty (614) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours redish-brown with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity Belgian-like yeast and raisins verging on leather. Taste is sweet raisins, leather, & dark dried figs. The alcohol is there but not super obvious. Really rich and good.
demannu (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a sipping beer. Dark reddish brown pour with a quickly fading fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Feel is kinda syrupy, like a pourly mixed fountain soda. Taste is sweet dark fruits and booze. Not as much alcohol as you might expect from the abv. Bold and assertive sipper. Maybe a bit too much.