burg326 (2772) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle that poised a dark brown color, aromas of spice, dark fruits, nuts, roast, and malt. Flavors are all nuts, chestnuts mostly, malt, spice, and a light honey comes through as it warms. Decent booziness to it as well, not an all day drinker but nice none the less.
TheBeerGod (4913) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Very dark, opaque brown pour. In the glass it looks almost black. Tall, fluffy tan head accompanies it. Aroma is nutty with caramel, chocolate, and spicy hops. Taste is caramel, chocolate covered nuts, dark fruit notes, funky yeast, earthy hops, spicy hops, soft citrus and cocoa. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends by amping up the funk and yeast on the back end along with more chocolate covered nuts, caramel, light toffee, dark fruit notes, spicy hops, soft earthy notes and soft citrus.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour front the tap, smallish head. Sweet and nutty aroma, like Christmas spice bread. Sweet, full of nuts and dark fruit. Seriously like a banana bread that has been slightly overbaked. The honey was noticeable and even a spicy bitter hop finish. I liked it.
Cybercat (2787) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Strong aroma has a malty core and notes of cloves and cinnamon plus a hint of molasses. Rich flavor has malty, molasses, caramel, nutty and earthy notes plus a honey-sweet undertone and hints of cloves and woody hops - or is that chestnut? Thick body is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice tingle with subtle earthy, honey and hoppy tones. Excellent! Be sure to get off at this exit.
Tmoney99 (9646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex toasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a solid bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid complex beer.
ReggieDunlap (2795) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma has some sweet fruity notes and light roasty malt. Flavor has roasty malts, fig, and molasses...earthy/nutty notes...light anise. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky with an earthy/dark fruit finish.
Elwood (2959) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark brown with a slight tan head. The nose has a sort of odd earthiness with a little coffee and a anise note. The flavor seems to pick up a touch of that anise to go with a nuttiness, light coffee grounds, rather obvious alcohol, and a mild sweetness. There is a just a little pine resin on the back end. Brash and aggressive from start to finish. Not quite harmonius either. Medium to full bodied with brisk carbonation leading to a roasted and bitter finish. A little rough around the edges.
b3shine (3580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks, daknole). Looks fine, but dark for a beer of it’s description. Decent head. Smells okay; malty. Tastes good; you definitely notice the Belgian influence. Good on the palate. Solid.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-pours mahogany and a cascading tight retaining tan head that laces. Aroma is roasty/cocoa-medium/dark malt, nutty, earthy. Taste is sweet roasty/cocoa/slight root licorice-medium/dark malt, nutty, earthy/spice hops. A bit earthier and roastier than my taste but nicely done.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, light brown head. Toasted nuts, some good belgian yeast, birch syrup notes, some toasted grain and hops. Flavor is nutty, toasted grain, dark honey, nice begian yeast, hops on the finish.