t0rin0 (61) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fantome rating number 50. I was hoping it would be the original BBB beer or maybe Millennium but this came along first. Shared with mattboz and swellbrewer. Thanks Matt for opening this.
Pours a hazy brown with some white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin layer. The bottle opened with an extremely loud pop and we all thought it would gush, but it didn’t.
Aroma when cold is caramel, roast, and a bit of rubber. Not a great start but enough of a malty lighter Noël that I thought that might win out over the rubber. Unfortunately, as it warmed the rubber came out more. This was accompanied by some barn yard aromas.
The flavor is malty, a little chocolatey, and bretty with a bit of lemon but also some some of that burnt plastic / rubber that has plagued Fantome the past couple of years. Not really a fan of this one, though it is interesting because of how much funk is present.
marcus (5888) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a rich beige head and a sourish brown ale aroma. There is a smoky slightly sour brown malt flavor with a very dry finish.
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark Brown Hue; Passes Mild Light, White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Mildly Bready, Mild Plum
T: Bready, Mild Plum, Mild Band Aids
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bready
Overall, medicore at best, the flavors are mediocre at best...blahhhh
Steve_0 (2107) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown, almost black with a small cream-colored head and decent lacing. Big smoky, meat drippings, bacon, roasty, lightly tart and dark fruity aroma. Taste is big smoke, sour roasty, lightly tart, caramel, bready, and dark fruity witha lightly sour finish. Light body with soft carbonation. Pretty weird, but kind-of cool.
Scopey (5295) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks to Matteo at the Pre-Zwanze. It pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating medium beige head. The nose is wood, toast, roasty, earth, tart lemon, green apple, vanilla and coconut. The taste is crisp, sweet-sour, Granny Smith apple, tangy lemon, caramel, musty, light smoke and brown bread with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. I really like the balance. Pretty damn tasty.
teorn88 (1911) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle shared at Bruce’s. It pours a deep brown colour with a medium beige head. Aroma is smokey and chocolatey with ashes, red berries. Taste is sweet and acidic with peaches, cherries, charred oak and cocoa nibs. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Overall, very good but would be even better without the smoke.
mR_fr0g (1793) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at pre zwanze tasting. Aroma is light spicy with a hint of smoke. Cloudy caramel with a thin halo on cream head. Flavour is sour musty grapefruit. Light roast in the finish. Dome Belgian yeast.
Leighton (9640) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Pre-Zwanze tasting - London. Many thanks to Matteo! Pours cloudy brown with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma has some toasty brown bread and mellow smoke. Light sweet flavor, somewhat tangy, more smoke, light peat, dry brown bread, mild lemony tang. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. Moderately sweet finish, more tangy lemon, some peaty smoke, brown bread, mellow funk. Novel and not bad.
AirForceHops (2570) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle thanks to some generous person at the bottle share. The aroma is a strange blend of stout and sour. Dark fruits, yeast and sour cherries. Flavor is mocha, funky berries, oak barrel, roasted grains and a slight pucker after the sip. Hints of Brett. It reminds me of Madrugada Obscrua. Really comparable. Odd and real interesting.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2 courtesy of Andy. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a thin white head very faint smoke, acid and funk. Soft smoke, tart acid. Funky acid, tart, gentle roast and cocoa. Chocolate, acid, funky. Weird but very interesting, finishing with soft smoke.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Campground Throwdown 2, 75cl bottle, thanks puzzl. Small off-white head atop murky dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, sour lemon, light funk. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some roast, caramel, light funk. Light-medium body, light stickiness, acidity.