bhensonb (11139) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tangletown. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Malty aroma. Flavor is mildly spicey/xmasy. So itís nicely flavored dark malt. Not too sweet. Thereís some hints of hop bitter. Mainpoint: tastes good.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Rich malt aroma. Malt and molasses flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Mollases lingers with light yeast and light malt.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Elysian taproom, Seattle. Deep burgundy brown with scant lacing. Intense, dangerous aroma has cinnamon and clove. Mouthfeel is soft and there are scrumptious flavors here like an abbey ale with intense body, cherry pie spices finishing dry and hoppy with roasted chicory root in the finish.
Oakes (12639) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany brown. Some cherry fruitiness, plum, fruitcake and brown sugar depth. Lively, fruity, juicy character. Nice dark sugar and breadcrust complexity. Alcoholic dryness in the finish. Combines Anglo and Belgian elements into a beer that is distinctly American. This is a fun sipper.
bvc (1159) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Capital Hill. Pours a super dark cherry brown, pretty much black with a creamy small khaki head. A touch of roasted malt, dark fruit (fig, dried cherry, raisins), some estery yeast with a hint of almonds and leather. Flavor is pretty much what the nose represents, but the Belgian esters really come out. Peppery, slightly sweet dark pitted fruit with some dark wheat bread. Pretty solid beer, just not overly complex.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really enjoyed this Elysian Christmas beer. Pours deep brown with thin cappuccino head and lace. Smells smoked, of toasted malts, sugar and bitter chocolate. Taste isnít what I expected from the smell. Floral followed by chocolate and caramel. Unusual and works well.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dog and Pony. Nice slightly tan head with a black body to seal the deal. Looks like a very dark Belgian. Head sticks around for quite some time. Sweet Belgian yeast and some sweet sugar/bubblegum aroma(s) coming through. This is quite the aromatic Belgian brew. Wow, this beer has a strong sweet yeast and candy sugar with bubblegum flavor. It isnít very thick, or even smooth for that matter (relative to other Belgian beers), but it does have a decent texture. The sugar, yeast, and sweet bubblegum flavors stick out the most to me. Doesnít have that slight alcohol taste that I am use to some Belgian beers having. Has some nice parts, but overall I feel this is rather boring for the style.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ripe fruit, plums, figs, chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugars, yeasty esters. Pours almost black with beige foam and some lace.Flavors of Dark fruit, dark roasted malts, chocolate, candi sugars, burnt sugary seweetness, banana esters. Nice assertive carbonation. Lingering sweet sugary esters. Light earthy bitter/dryness creeps in too. Creamier in the body than most for style. Not overly sweet as the roast and black malts balance this well.
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque dark brown body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of grass, grain, pine, dates, raisins, and spices. Flavor of candi sugar, roasted and black malts, pine, toasted grain, and spices.
22415brewery (375) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Elysian Fields and Tangletown.
Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs blackened toffee and strong hints of caramel. Outstanding flavor profile, estery and very alcoholic without any "hot" spots. Great Belgian yeast profile, easy sipping and very dangerous.