jake65 (3407) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ Brewpub. Mahogany pour with an inch of creamy beige head. Served in a snifter, that was nice. Sweet in the nose, but in addition to phenols it had a little chemical scent that reminded me of Breakfree. Not a good thing. Fortunately it is not present in the taste; dark fruit and esters to go with the maltiness. Missing the Belgian yeast… smooth and overall mild. The 10% abv was well hidden. I do however have a hard time calling this a quad as it fell far short of expectations. Not terrible, it just needs refinement.
stevoj (3851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lighter in body and sweeter than expected, but an interesting take on the style. Some cough syrup sweetness at first taste, plums, prunes in the aroma. Second taste reveals moe (ad possibly to much) sweetness. Dark brown/purple, best handled in small doses. No alcohol warmth however.
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Boise BP Dark brown with ridish edges. This light tan head that quickly receded. Malty dark fruit aroma. Dark Belgian flavors, with a decent ABV heat. Buttery and slick. This is not nearly as good, as 4 days ago when I had a sampler. Maybe I had the first pour of the day and this was in the lines all night.
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany pour with a slight brown head. Slight bitter tinge throughout, light on the malts, almost sweet. Alcohol evident from beginning to end.
JohnGalt1 (1538) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mini-growler fill picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian for a pricey $12.50... and to make matters worse, the guy capped in on foam when it was only about 75% full, so when the foam died back the growler wasn’t even CLOSE to full. I was told, "when the foam dies down, it will be almost all the way full." I was too frustrated and polite to call him out.
Anyway... enough bitching. Poured into my HotD goblet... 1" Dark tan head... nice lacing with an okay retention.
Thick black cherry esters... a pretty good hit of clove... nose reminds me a little of Cherry Coke (not necessarily a bad thing)... Pretty strong EtOH comes off as perfumy... Malt backbone is pretty light, could use more toasty or perhaps even caramel malt.
Flavor mirrors the aromas with a more pronounced phenolic presence and the same hefty dark fruity ester component.. needs more maltiness to carry the yeasty notes.
Medium/light body for the style... I think a little added maltiness would help this beer across the board.
Pretty decent attempt for a new brewery, and a tough style to get right.