mfhennig (275) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From John and Lorene, thanks. From a bottle, pours a very dark brown, almost no head except for a small ring. Aroma is figs, cherry, prune and caramel. Flavors match the aroma. Based on aroma I expected something much sweeter. Alcohol is well hidden, but this comes across as a slippery. Very nice beer.
superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, light licorice/banana, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, light licorice/banana, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, toasted biscuit, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
libertine (368) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours opaque black with no head. Aroma is prunes and spice. Flavor is prunes and has that grape note that I am not fond of. Slight spice. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied and the texture is very oily.light bitterness in the finish. This really needs some carbonation. Overall for me it is flat and boring.
demitriustown (1177) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice dark plum note, nicely hoppy too, yeast, bubblegum, and banana. Appearance is a almost opaque black with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly to a film. Taste has got a really nice smooth Belgian overtone, with discernible malt characteristics intermingled with a nice hop character, and some of the fruitiness. Palate has got a plum note then bubblegum with a lightly astringent note. Overall, pretty darn good stuff. Cheers!
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish purple pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, hints of berry into a bit of earth, spice, some nice candied sugars. Taste is a mix of candied sugar, dark fruit, toffee into a bit of clove, spice, touch of slight banana, finishing fairly sweet, slight earth.
Ferris (10771) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Dark malts, plum and berries. Deep jet brown with almost no head. Dark fruit, light berry and a light long finish. Not quite the body but still decent.
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 12-28-2011 (Draft at Graydonís Crossing-Grand Rapids, MI) This draft beer has a small tan head with a long retention, mostly opaque reddish brown body, no carbonation noted, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, dark fruits and spice. The flavor is sweet, caramel malt, dark fruits, and spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer even at 10.5%ABV. It has a very good flavor, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on-tap at Dragonmead.
Appearance: Black. No head on my beer at all. Kind of like black water or something. But letís be honest, appearance matters not. I mean... itís nice, but... you know.
Smell: Prune/fig/grapes... dark fruit, dark fruit, dark fruit. Sweet and tart. Pleasing on the nose and very inviting. At 11%, thatís not there at all. Also, this beer doesnít have that almost overly sweet aroma that some others from the style have.
Taste/feel: Exactly as the smell is, but that tartness is more obvious, as youíd expect. Sweet, but not too much so. Again, dark fruits all around. Maybe a slight sort of spiciness, but I donít know where thatís coming from. I was told this beer had a clear alcohol presence, but I didnít notice it. The warmth, sure, but nothing in the taste. Definitely a bigger sort of beer. Sweet, tasty, and a sipper.
My favorite Iíve had from Dragonmead, Iíd say, and it seems that Iím not alone. A must-try if you visit the brewery.
Petkus331 (386) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An aroma of pear and sweet bubblegum with a hint of acidic apple juice. Appearence is a purplish dark brown, no head. Tastes like an mildly sweet, acidic, and crisp asian pear with a balanced hay like bitterness and a touch of bubblegum on the end. Palate is fizzy and light, nice. Overall, great, this is one of my favorite beers from Dragonmead.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Tap: deep, dark brown body that appears black in the middle with some ruby tints near the edge; topped with a small, off-white cap that recedes into a thin collar rather quickly. Aroma has notes of spicy Belgian yeast, fruity esters, faint banana, plum, raisins, dates, phenol alcohols, white pepper, a hint of cocoa powder, & some licorice in the back-end. Similar taste with an apparent Belgian Candi sugar sweetness, coated over plums & figs with some deep onset toffee notes in the finish. Heavy alcohol & spice in the back-end, lots of Belgian-y yeast with some lighter clove & banana-like esters. Standard Belgian strong, not a bad offering, but itís quite potent.