garfunkalow (1) - USA - JAN 30, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a little darker in color than anticipated. it is smooth with little harsh alcohol burn. quite enjoyable.
Mora2000 (5855) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a white head. The aroma is very sweet with dark fruit. The flavor is Belgian yeast and cand-dugar with some dark fruit mixed in. The alcohol is present and is warming. A pretty basic Belgian-inspired beer, but nothing special. Still, I don’t think anyone will be disappointed if they try it.
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Small tan head that mostly dissipates, atop clear garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, some raisin, alcohol, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, anise, some alcohol warming, bittersweet chocolate. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
translucent deep tan pour with bare film head and low carb. aroma is lightly boozy, rocky yeast and well developed caramel. flavor is nearly cloying malt flavor that lingers, lightly spicy and some prune. yeast provides some counterpoint to gigantic caramel but not quite enough.
HonkeyBra (3518) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown pour with little head. Aroma of yeast and dark sugars. Raisins, a bit of bread. Flavor has a nice yeast flavor, but a bit of cocoa, roast, and some burnt wood. Figs, plums, raisins, etc. Its pretty good, I guess. It’s only vaguely belgian.
swoopjones (6201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Darker pour with foamy white head. Notes of dried fruits, complex maltiness, belgian yeastiness. Some booziness. Rich malt flavor with raisins, grapes, & mild spice. Decent complexity, pretty good
vyvvy (4133) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a dense tan head. The aroma has lots of bready dark malt, dark caramel, chocolate and only a light bit of Belgian yeast. Medium rich body with lively moderately sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with some earthy Belgian yeastiness, roasted malt, light cream and some char. The finish loses the Belgian aspects and is char heavy with some woodiness that is either from hops and / or oxidation. Okay beer.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of burnt fruit, raisins, malt. Pour opaque brown with thick head. Sweet fruit, vanilla, yeastiness. Some hops in there as well. Thick mouthfeel with slight warming alcohol finish.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with a small tan head which quickly recedes to a film. Aroma is of raisins, figs, brown sugar, and honey. Flavor has a nice malty, ashy bite right from the start, then comes slight alcohol, nice hop counterpoint, and finishes burnt and leathery. Average mouthfeel. Nice authentic Belgian Strong here for a SoCal brewery. Overall, very good to excellent.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Obriens. Dark ruby to brown hue with light swath of tan bubbles. Nose is dark fruits, molasses, sweet malts, and a touch of oak. Flavor is classic dark Belgian, with big raisins, figs, brown sugar, and hints of Candi sugar, slight grassy-earthy hops play in the carbonation, hints of vinous grapes, oak, vanilla, cocoa and coffee in the sweet finish. Full-body, thick texture, lively carbonation. Thick, complex dark Belgian strong ale with tons of flavor amped by the wine barrel aging, alcohol strength is on the radar but not overwhelming.