iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle, no date for $12.99 at Olive Tree Market in OB. Clear dark reddish brown with a small beige head, fading to a ring rather quickly. Belgian yeast and ripe dark fruit (figs mainly) and molasses brown sugar notes up front in the nose--pretty malty and sweet. Light toasty malts are also present. The flavor adds some decaying leaves, and with it, a very slight tinge of something tangy. Still, quite sweet. The alcohol, though not all that strong, does help drying the beer out a bit, as well as some light roast char that doesn’t become apparent until the semi-dry finish. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3. Low carbonation with a big full body. This wasn’t too bad, but for the price, it sure was. I’d give it a 3 if the price factored in my rating, but this time, it won’t.
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a two finger khaki head that vanishes leaving no lace. Very dark brown color, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose and flavor is molasses and brown sugar but not cloying. Higher ABV is hidden. Expensive at $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Pours medium to dark clear brown with a slightly reddish tint and a relatively small beige head. Nose is complex sugars, wood, and rum. Some dark fruits and cherry skins. Flattish palate, and the sugars just taste, well, sweet at the end of the day.
GothGargoyle (2350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown with a small pale head. Aroma is brown sugar, dates, maple syrup, bread & butter pudding. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, medium bodied, sweet on the palate but not overpowering, short finish. Taste is brown sugar, dates, raisins, bread & butter pudding.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Churchkey. Deep red pour. The nose and flavor are bursting with sweetness; raisin, molasses, apple, brandy.... apple brandy..... plum, candied sugars, and caramel. The flavor is much of the same, but it’s a bit too much; cloying, and syrupy sweet. Ehhh.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark garnet pour with a small off white head. Huge dark fruit and bread in the nose lead to a flavor full of raisin, date, molasses, caramel, and fig. Massive sweetness- just too much for me. Thick cloying palate with low carbonation.
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, kindly shared by Faroe V...... thx man... :) pours dark brown with off white head... the aroma is dark fruits, brown sugar... the flavor is brown sugar, caramel, hops, ... hoppy finish....medium body........
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is dark brown with some red highlights and a thin off-white head. Aroma is huge brown sugar, candied sugar, hazelnut, and a pinch of Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite cloying, but for some reason it works (maybe because of the name?). Heavy brown sugar, some dried fruit, and a finish of yeast and alcohol. Medium bodied.
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.