magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, with a off-white head.
Smells of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee -- super sweet.
Tastes not nearly as sweet as I’d expect from the nose; sweet dried red berries, caramel, and a mild bitterness.
Body is medium; texture is oily; carbonation is medium; finishes dry.
Pretty well balanced, and quite tasty.
laiti (8035) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 2015 on the label and xx.07.2012 on the neck
Aroma is sugary with syrup, spices, candi sugar, floury caramel and hints of roastiness. Also something German-like, maybe hops? Flavour is, surprisingly, rather sweet with brown and cane sugar. Also some belgian yeast, toffee and caramel. Something plastic-like occurs at the end of the glass. The sweetness doesn’t disturb as much as I expected. However, drinking the whole bottle by myself would be a mission impossible.
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber colour with a thick, white head. Aroma of smooth brown sugar, slightly toasted malts and toffee. Very smooth flavour of toasted malts, brown sugar, candi sugar, toffee, some hops. Full bodied, very smooth mouthfeel and a long, warming, smooth and sweet finish. Overall a very smooth beer with loads of sweetness, but it doesn’t disturb here.
olio (9211) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle. BBE 2015 (the bottle had also some 2012 marking)
Pours dark ruby red colour with small head. Aroma of sweet malts, clove, grass, light caramel and sugar candy. Flavour of caramel, sweet malts, haym nuts, flour, sugar and ripe fruits. Something familiar to german beers on the nose, probably just the sweet malts.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at The Ginger Man with Andrew. Pours a bright hazy orange with white lacing. Aroma is belgian candy, sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty much just nice sweet candied flavor dominating.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at gingerman. The least favorite of the night. Belgian candied sugar.. Not completely balances
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep clear copper with a big creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a solid cap.
Aroma is very sweet with lots of cane sugar and caramel malts. Plenty of booze soaked fruits, plums and raisins especially.
Taste is more of the same though it’s actually a little less sweet than I was expecting. There is lots of cola-like sweetness with cane sugar, various dark fruits and vanilla. There is more of the Belgian yeast coming through which evens the sweetness a bit.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and well carbonated.
I really thought this was going to be a diabetes-inducing beer given the title and the nose but the taste is more balanced than that. Really solid Belgian dark.
gnoff (9552) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 pt 0.9 fl oz bottle thanks to rlgk. Sampled on October 28, 2011
Clear dark reddish brown color, tan head. Sweet, sugary, alcohol scent. Sweet, malty, sugary, alcohol scent. Sweet, malty, sugary, some grains taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
ekstedt (6489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (50 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Clear chestnut, medium beige head. Deep malty aroma with fudge, chocolate, dark fruits, and some floral hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Swemi sweet, medium bitterness.
yespr (40160) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown, hazy, with a small, shortlived tan head. Aroma is roasted caramelish to toffee/breadish malty, light fruity yeasty and sugarish sweet flavorued. Sweet, yet not as bad as expected. Light quad-yeasty profile - like a mix between dark Belgian and Westy12. Smooth malty, yeasty and brown sugarish finish.