LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brownish red color, with some carmel highlights. I had a good sized head on mine, carmel in color. The flavor was so complex, it almost caught me off guard. There was some hints of orange peel, sweet tart apples, chocolate, strawberry, baking cherries, some wheat, and some heavy yeast. SOme carmel, malt, and hazelnut as well. Definitely worth trying. If it weren’t so damn expensive, I’d always have this on hand.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rather murky looking brown colored body with alot of very fine floaties. Head was fairly small, off-white, fizzy, and faded quickly. Aroma is very sweet and loaded with fruity esters. A combo of banana, macintosh apples, chocolate, figs, light alcohol, yeast, and overripe cherries. Flavor is intense fruitiness, yeast, and alcohol most prominantly. Finishes slightly sweet with some yeast and a good dose of bananas. Mouthfeel is classicly Belgian in nature. Medium to full bodied with a slightly sticky texture and fizzy active carbonation. A nice fruity yeasty Belgian. Comes off as more of a Dubbel more than a Belgian Strong to me.
rdawson321 (145) - USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper color with a mild aroma. Fruity and plum-like, with enough complexity to keep me interested. Overall a fairly mild Belgian strong, but well-made and well-rounded.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the brewpub. Pours an amber copper with a thick off-white head. A decent fruit overtone and a background of cavelike musts that for some reason finishes flat. Not a carbonation thing but more of a complexity issue.
msonnenberg (30) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown color with minimal head in the pour and sweet autumn aromas. Someone definitely put a lot of consideration into making this brew. The flavor has good yeast and malt flavors that mellow out into a pleasant finish. Well rounded. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown with not that big of a head. Aroma of maltiness, breadiness, brown sugar, very similar to a barleywine. Very sweet aroma. Flavor was sweet, had a little tartness, brown sugar. Palate was very thin almost as this as water. This kinda sucked. If this was a little thicker this would be great. Tastes like it could be a american barleywine with just a belgian yeast.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trade courtesy of Monger! Pours a fluffy, khaki, big-bubbled head; attractive clear brown with a reddish tinge; good retention. Plenty of malty / brown sugar in the nose, maple syrup, banana, and caramel notes. Medium mouthfeel; unadulterated, almost tea-like malt presence (tastes like homebrewing!), little balancing bitterness; some fruity, banana-like components; mouth-drying, almost approximating a red ale. Medium, sugary finish.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber body with a thin off white head. Aroma is yeasty with lots of caramel malt. Some cherry and spices on the nose as well. Flavour starts sweet with notes of dark cherry before turning spicey. Finishes bready with a slight alcohol backdrop.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice looking beer with pleasantly sweet, appley aroma. Somewhat reminiscent of Hair of the Dog Adam in look and aroma and somewhat in taste. Numerous sweet flavors from cane sugar to cherry to dark apple and beyond. Very sweet taste that is true to the style. Well done!
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle shared with malachi
Shared this with malachi on a Friday night. It was pleasing and easy to
drink but did not rock my world. Still, Goose Island has turned in a solid
effort with this one.
Aroma / Appearance - Bananas, rum, candy sugar, caramel, cherries,
pear and malt play against each other to see which one can dominate. They
end up forming a nice inviting balance. The body was a cloudy amber color
with a thin bubbly head. Based on the visual and olfactory feedback, this
was lining up to be a nice beer.
Flavor / Palate - The amount of flavors relative to the nose was a
little disappointing. Despite that, there was still plenty going on here.
Among the key players were caramel, honey, apples, peaches, peanut butter,
malts and cherries. A slightly yeastiness underlined everything giving it
a dry feel. The finish was pleasing, being smooth and sweet. This was
enjoyable and easy to drink but it did not rock my world. Still, it is a
well done beer I would have no problems sharing with others.