KajII (763) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced to a medium film with a medium collar and had fairly good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted dark bread malt, light resin hops and a leathery Belgian yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, dark chocolate, honey and a pronounced nutty odor.
The taste was malty sweet and a tad roasty with hints of molasses, honey and caramel at first, progressing into a slightly bitter yeast taste with a bit of chocolate, a nice chestnut presence and a little more than slight alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a dark bold yeasty taste left behind to fade away slowly.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry, yet thinly oily in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a very well rounded Belgian Brown with all the components working together rather well, creating a very appealing brew that was nice and roasty yet still possessed that Belgian Ale drinkability...
alexsdad06 (4338) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by b3shine (May 2012). Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor had toasted malts, mild Belgian character, some sweetness, honey, with very mild spicy notes. Decent enough.
Dacrza (448) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: December 8, 2013... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick...OCCASION: preemptive drinking of the first delayed opening of this school year... APPEARANCE: jet black body; thick, spongy, brown head... AROMA: sweet honey with nutty, funky tones; toasted malts suggest the farmlands which the beer seeks to celebrate; some light hops... PALATE: BIG, full-bodied,, cold-storm warming presence; the opposite of the thin, iced tea consistency akin to the usual brown ale...TASTE: somewhat sweet, honeyed start; fleeting oat and grain late; in between. rather clean and brown--some vanilla hints as well--and then the nuttiness takes over and the beer really becomes chewy;overall, a complex beer to chew and swallow...OVERALL: supporting the locals always feels right, and though this bomber requires excess cash--don’t most of them?--the taste matches the altruism of giving; big, bold and flavorful, it’s what a brown with attitude should produce...
Sammy (8011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An Italian take on a brown ale, bottle from 2011 New Jersey trip. Malty, licorice, chestnut.Rich taste and aroma. Dark brown and lace.
PhillyCraft (2751) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
old rate, 750 bottle from Canals shared with some friends. Poured hazy brown with not much head and lacing. Notes are pretty all over the place and hard to discern: I got some roasted malt, cocoa, nuts, and barley. Finishes very sweet,
Experiment_Ale (432) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml at C&G with everyone. Pours dark dark dark grey. Aroma is odd but fig good raison. Taste is is leather malt barley fig. Finish is medium and okay.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Sweet sugar prune juice on the nose. Cardboard, nuts, molasses, and grass. Mild grass, too. Meh. The flavor is disappointing as well. Cardboard, prunes, sugar, and cocoa. Toasted malt, nuts, and a bit of grass, roast, and molasses.
GT2 (7689) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
750mL shared at the Bruery Reserve Society tasting. In all fairness, this was shared with a disclaimer that it was "not good." Weak foam on clear brown. Nose is cloying red cherry/grenadine syrup with macro lager soap and apple overtones. Taste is cloying, sticky fake cherry syrup. Bad.
Ed5388 (1591) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy light brown head. Aroma is yeasty, with some dark fruits, and sweet roasted malt. Taste is yeasty, somewhat nutty, with rich roasted malts, and notes of honey.
MadRobin (1589) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750 ml bottle after cellaring for 8 months.
Opaque, very dark be with a medium-sized khaki head and very good lacing
Aroma of light pine and citric hops, yeast, roasted malt, raisins, caramel and nuts.
Taste of raisins, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, light hops and chocolate.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into glass. From the first whiff I didn’t get much honey in the nose, more nutty presence then anything. But the flavor did have that nice touch of honey to it without making it overly sweet. Subtle but still very enjoyable.