hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Murky brown ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Never-ending retention. Vinous notes alongside dark fruit and sweet chocolate in the aroma. Full-bodied and meaty with medium carbonation. Sweet chocolate, dark fruits, restrained alcohol and hops. Sweet, dark fruit and chocolate finish. Thanks go out to darkguardian for providing the bottle!
Benzai (9999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown / dark amber color, beige head. Smell malts, caramel and spices. Tastes about the same, maybe slightly some fruityness. Full body, medium carbonation.
Sammy (9536) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A winter warmer. Pours with a huge head. Mild tabacco and smoke aroma. The scotch is a purposeful butterscotch. Lovely after fish.Smooth drinking, though not something for every night.
mcberko (9339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours a murky dark amber with a towering beige head. Aroma of yeast, scotch, caramel and some candied sugar. Flavorur is the same range of flavours, with a very yeasty and highly carbonated body. Quite nice.
GT2 (9312) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ ZBF 2010. Pours deep hazy amber with floaties. Little retention and no lace. Very malty, sweet, maple candies nose. Taste is similar with doppelbock like sweetness and light spices. A good scotch ale.
pivnizub (9296) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille: Reddish chestnut-amber coloured, stable off-white foamy layer, sweet caramelly-toasty nose, some vinous traces detectable, a bit like a german Doppelbock; moderate sweet-sourish flavour, light to medium bodied, but a bit slim for a beer of 8.7%; some vinous traces, again, in the fruity-caramelly finish. a good brew, not too demanding...
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Dark brown beer with purple highlights and a thick tan head. Soft plummy aroma and caramel malts underneath a rich pudding-like spiciness. Rum, caramel and sweet baking spices with light banana and chocolate as well. Everything is well-balanced and very inviting. Soft palate, slightly chewy but not cloying, chocolate and caramel flavours from the majority of the malts. Warming intensifies the lovely yeasty spiciness. Earthy bitterness on the back along with some light prickly alcohol drying out each mouthful. Custurdy richness. Lingering spice and cocoa on the finish. Quite a lovely brew
gnoff (8740) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750 ml bottle, thanks oh6gdx!) Labeled 8.7% ABV. Clear dark brown color, lasting tan head. Slightly acidic, a bit roasted scent. Weak raissin mixed with chocolate and vinous taste, also alcohol. Warming alcohol feeling, but not in the bad way it sometimes is. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam circles the glowing red fire.
-Toasted maltiness forms a healthy slice of bread on which red cranberry jam is laid out.
-These red fruit are transformed into candy for the palate, as a spicy/sweet flavor spectrum is displayed until the dry finish takes over.
-The frothy effervescence expands onto the svelte maltiness, maybe a little obstrusive.
What if you dig deeper?
-Delicate herbal hops brush the back end, alongside dry yeast.
-Alcohol sure is properly hidden for this size.
-Dryness builds with every sip, and the scotch ale character, even though Belgian, diminishes concurrently.
-An enjoyable strong ale from Glazen Toren, but one which won’t woo me into buying many bottles.
Bottle; no date.
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy brown pour with subdued off-white head. Aromas of caramel malts, some brown sugar, grapes, nuts, and brown sugary peaty funk. The palate is medium to dense, with a nice complexity of flavor, including notes of caramel malt, raisins, brown sugar, and slight old peaty funk. The whole thing never really gets what I would call sweet, but it is more semi-sweet. Well done.