pivnizub (8545) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Hazy, chestnut-amber coloured, small off-white foamy layer, sweetish-fruity (dried fruits, as expected) nose , a tinge of wood is also detectable , some hops as well; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; robust sweer fruity and slightly alcoholic finish with a delicate hoppy aftertaste. Not bad, but a bit too much on the sweet side…
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky, dark brown. Short, foamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with dark fruit notes, caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit and yeast notes. Soft booze as well. Taste is a bit sweeter with more candyish notes, dark fruit, caramel, booze, and thinned chocolate. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a mild, creamy carbonation. Soft warmth from the booze as well. Ends with more caramel, notes, watery chocolate, sweet malt, booze, dark fruit notes, candied fruit and brown sugar. Got none of the smoke or spice that other raters mentioned.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011. Very dark brown, with a thin head. The aroma is figgy, fruity with sweet, sugary malts. Sweet, with mellow chocolate, light figs, dates and a lot of caramel.
ElDesmadre (1312) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bierkoning, thank you! Greyish brown with a small head. Aroma is lots of dried fruit - mainly plums, also apricots. Also - smoked plums. Plus caramel, some chocolate and vinous elements as well as some faint liquorice. Surprisingly low on spiciness. Full, oily body, very sweet with a light bitter alcoholic-hoppy finish. Lots of dried and smoked fruit on the palate, aftertaste of smoked plums and a bit of liquorice. A quality beer, a bit too sweet for me.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Stumbling monk. Muddled red brown. No head. Aroma of smoked dates, sugary but good. Tastes and feels fatty like bacon with good dose of campfire. I have no idea why I got so much smoke out of it but I like it. Interesting.
MaartenRF10 (1453) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red brown without much head. Taste is spices, toffee sweetness and some bitter hops.
erickok (3046) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium-sized frothy, off-white head over an dark, murky brown body. Very nutty aroma, dried apricots, cream, caramel and sugary cookies. Quite original. Taste continues on this path with medium, slightly lactic sweetness and some peaky hops coming through. Thick, smooth and alcoholic body. Ending is more dry and uninspiring though. Heavy and not overly refined quad-like, but pronounced and interesting enough. (33cl bottle, 3,25 EUR)
bierkoning (9754) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown color. Tropical fruit and a hint of licorice in the aroma. Malty caramelly, slightly alcoholic flavor, well hopped. Tropical fruit. Sweet, but with enough other flavors to compensate.
Earlier Rating: 4/29/2008 Total Score: 3.1
2007 swing top bottle. Dark brown color. Malt, caramel and licorice in the aroma. Full bodied, malty, lots of licorice, caramel, apple syrup and molasses. Potentially good, but not too well balanced. (7 3 6 2 11 = 2.9)
2009 version from tap @ 1st BBF. Malt aroma with toffee. Malty sweet flavor with cinnamon, cardemom and anis. Sticky mouthfeel.
marcus (5886) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours murky brown with a thin beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a robust dark malt flavor with lots of candi sugar and a bittter hoppy finish.
bhensonb (10197) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours very dark amber with a transient beige/tan head. Aroma of malt and fruits de bois. Near full bodied. Flavor is hoppy - and a little yeasty/bready. It’s not sweet, and it’s not bitter, but it’s fairly hoppy. Fruits de bois covers it for me. Good stuff.