BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was really good, but I did expect just a little bit more out of it, but for what it was I found it really impressive. A sweet bready malt background, with some coffee caramel candy flavors, some red apple skins. Very quaffable, but I just wanted it to be a little more full-bodied.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 [Bottle] Poured at a blind tasting at the Cellars. Bready yeast and sweet caramel-toffee aroma. Pours a cloudy dark gold with a large tan head. Silky smooth mouthfeel, with a very sweet caramel flavor. Very little bitterness.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cloudy amber body, a thick creamy beige head, film clings to the glass. Aroma of malt, caramel, and apples. Bitter on the back of the tongue, fruity sweet of apples and pears.
beastiefan2k (3261) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on April 28, 2007, consumed almost exactly one year later. It pours beautiful with a medium sized, srong, head. The color is a dark brown, too dark to see through but a few clear light streaks in there as well. Aroma is strong with at first sweet raisin, then sugary dark sweet bread, and finally just a hint of earthiness at the end. The great part is it is not sticky sweet or overly sugary, just an earthy baked goods with dark fruits, type of sweetness. Taste is kind of turned upside down with a very strong mineral and seltzer like mouthfeel. It seems to really cover up a lot of the dark fruits and sweet black breadiness. This makes it really drinkable without sweetness getting in the way. The downside is the mouthfeel comes off a bit too lively.
750mL capped and wrapped bottle, Rodenbach GC smaller tulip.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 750 ml bottle into fluted goblet; purchased at Green’s, Atlanta. This was delicious. Head is initially large and fizzy over a brown, dubel-looking body. Smell is of seltzer, light grapefruit, malted milk powder, and toasted water crackers. Lots of gentle but well defined malty flavors: golden raisin plays with honey and honeydew melon to keep the feel light and crisp. Finishes sweet and a little bit dry, "feathery" as Sammy put it (good description) and a bit peppery. Certainly very quaffable, not as full as others in the style, and I liked it.
Sammy (10660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Elegant wrapped bomber. A very smooth feather touch mouthfeel. Brown with white head. A background spiciness, certainly not a bold flavour. Tremendously drinkable.
PorterPounder (6975) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orlando, Fl. - Knightly Spirits, 750 ml tissue-wrapped capped bottle. Murky, dark orange to light brown pour with a sticky khaki colored head that stick around a while and leaves a nice trail of lace. Pleasant aroma of toffee, raisins, some molasses. Smooth flavor with chocolate notes, toffee, dates, sweet cherries. Blended well together and extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth and clean, velvety, touch of carbonation.
bhensonb (13612) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle; bottled on 28 Apr 2007. Aroma is caramel, with something of a scotch ale aspect. Color is amber with garnet notes in the thin parts. Rather flat white head. Something of a cola aroma as the glass comes to the lips. Medium body with slightly coarse carbonation. Roasted caramel with some dark fruit notes. There’s a lot of other stuff too. Asparagus? It’s complex, tasty and very satisfying. Finishes well balanced - slightly sweet with some bitter.
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured out a deep orange color with a thick and creamy off white head that displays excellent retention. This is one great looking beer. As the foam settles it leaves thick sheets of lacing around the glass. The aroma is very appealing of caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, apples, and candy sugar. The flavor really stands out in this one. Flavors of chocolate nuts, sweet dark fruits, caramel dipped apples, and candy sugar lead the way. The flavor is really good and sweet but balanced out just enough with some spices and yeast as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that leaves a nice clean feeling on the palate. This one is really smooth and easy to drink with a nice sweet finish to it. The complexity of the brew really lead to an enjoyable experience. Really good stuff.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20080407 750ml bottle picked up at Oak Tree. Hazy, amber, some visible eff, medium-small, lasting off-white head. Aroma is nutty, fresh, bready, prominent notes of date, toffee, and some light apple must. Flavor continues with nut and grainy, yeasty, earthy bread notes. Body is a bit on the thin side, but airy and with the usual De Glazen Toren dose of sparkling effervescence. Some muddled old fruit and spice late and slight bitter astringency as from wood.