bartlebier (835) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, shared with our Madison hosts. Pours a mid-bodied and quite still chestnut brown with shy head. Not exploding with instant aromas, but joining an agreeable mix of nutty malts, some raisin, candied berries and milk chocolate without being too sugary. Surprisingly light mf and easy drinking for the ABV. Double, bordering on a Belgian dry stout. A bit more expressive, but considering this is marketed as GI’s upscale "Belgian" range, still a bit too "clean" (macro fermentation) and lacklustre...
ansalon (619) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours murky amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, figs, dates, muscovado sugar, honey. Taste is bloody marvellous with caramel, raisins, dates, figs, honey, muscovado sugar, butterscotch. Fantastic!
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PorterPounder (4941) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Medium amber/copper pour, soft off-white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma is intoxicating with some nice port accents, a touch of dates, brief chocolate. Flavor mirrors the aroma with a fine essence of port permeating throughout, some dates and molasses and a nutty back end. Mouthfeel is warm and comforting. Excellent.
DrSilverworm (4015) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, bottled 2/27/13. Shared with caterwaul. Hazy dark red color. Thin khaki head. Good lace. Lots of yeast particles in the body. Cherry, dark fruit, plum in the nose. Banana, light spice. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, light spice. Bigger body. Smooth, creamy, lightly crisp lighter carbonation. Full body, but lightly dry finish. Bigger alcohol for a dubbel, but no hint of that in the flavor. Super good dubbel. very nice, big creamy body to it.
mathieuc (693) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bottle from 2011 found at Whole Foods Bowery. Pours a dark copper or maybe brown with a red hue. The head receeds somewhat fast but persist into a tiny ring of off-white foam that leaves some lacing. Aroma of raisins and molasse, some alcohol can be perceived. Taste is sweet but not out of style. Flavors of figs and caramel. Some hot alcohol again, this isn’t too well hidden. Mouthfeel is sticky and almost "barleywine grade". Not bad at all!
BrettTaylor (256) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured as a taster - nose has a bit of apple and caramel, malty and sweet candy sugar. Tastes follow right along and the finish is clean.
Beerandhockey8 (157) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 22oz bottle to Trappist glass. Pour is a dark brown, thick white head. Aroma is fruity, when I first poured it a got a huge nose of banana. otherwise, heavy fruit and malt nose. Taste is bitter, medium body hint of sweet. All around good beer here.
llcooldave (992) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber orange in the glass. Thin soapy head. Slight damp cardboard aroma with a touch of the Belgian yeast notes as well. Fruity, some banana and tropical fruits. Tangy malty flavor with more banana and a slight spicy clove aftertaste. Very warming in the stomach. Overall, a solid brew...
Bif (1192) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Shamrocks. Served a hazy copper color with a small head that fades quickly with no real lacing. Aroma is quite subtle with dark fruit, bit of bread and yeast. Taste is a bit m ild with dark fruit, just a bit of malt sweetness and hops. There is no real bitterness and a very dry finish. Moderate body, smooth and well balanced. There is no hint of the 8.7% ABV. Enjoyable beer for the style. This is probably best suited to go with food or as an after dinner drink.
SamP01 (477) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of caramel malt, yeast and some sweet dark fruit notes with light bitterness. Palate is a medium body, mild carbonation with a sweet yeast and light sticky mouth feel. Sweet caramel malt, yeast with light bitterness on the end. A smooth flavorful and tasty brew.