swoopjones (6535) - 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 (4396) - 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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a brune copper body with a tan head. Sweet malty body with a lush fruity and spicy yeast character. Caramel malts, spices, berry like with a rye finish. Good stuff.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2528-20091012] 1pt6floz bottle. Mild salty seawater malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Full boozy malt grain flavour. Fully body. Nice balance, not complex but good.
(From Premier Gourmet, Buffalo, NY; w/ jerc)
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, pours dark mahogany with a medium tan head. Brown sugar, raisin, and yeasty aroma. Flavors are nice with a carmel malt and brown sugar being upfront and some spicing and raisins in the background with some alcohol coming forward late with a sort of metalic sour note in the finish. Solid dark BSA.
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Deep brown color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied - almost chewy. Caramel/raisin nose. Flavor is smooth, sweet raisin and caramel. High ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-10-12. Dark brown body with a nice foamy tan head. Aroma is lightly metallic, brown ale like roast/toast touche, modest dark fruit, light alcohol. 7+ Flavour is similar, dark malt base is moderate, toasty malt touches, dark fruit and dry alcohol in the finish are prominent, bitterness in the finish is tough to separate from the dryness of the alcohol. Light spice tones to warming alcohol in the background. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. 3+ Pretty solid. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo