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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Our Belgian Style Dark Ale is inspired by traditional Abbey Ales to deliver the richest of malt flavors but with a slightly elevated hopping and increased complexity given from two different yeast strains. This malt laden ale is designed to satiate and keep your taste buds dancing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Deep brown, off white head. Aroma is brown sugar, mollases, caramel, toffee, yeast. Taste is a light yeast, caramel, mollases, light brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, with a deeply burnt amber color that is approaching black, when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry hue. A rich fruity aroma is noticeable as I pour this brew and reminds me of raisin. A deeper inspection of the nose confirms this but also adds a malty, sweet-bread like note that makes me think of brown sugar glazed pastries that have been lightly browned. This finishes with a cracker like, dry grain note and a meaty malt note. As the beer warms the fruit notes moves towards a prune / concentrated plum type aromatic.

Sweet with an ample carbonation that causes this to foam a bit excessively as it hits my tongue. The beer finishes with a toasted malt astringency and a noticeable hop bitterness as well as a touch of alcoholic warming. Flavors of brown sugar and lightly burnt bread crust mix with fruit flavors of prunes and some fig flavors. This has a really astringent malt character to it for some reason, though this does seem to be accentuated by both the hop bitterness and alcohol. Some dusty malt character and perhaps a touch of cocoa become noticeable as the beer warms up a bit. This beer is not overly sweet, and in fact is really just rich on malt character.

This just isn’t my type of beer, it has too much astringency and dark malt character to it for my tastes (despite a Grand Cru being anything but a defined style). The beer is just a bit too un-integrated right now, but I could see this improving if laid down for a year or so.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2009
22oz - Purchased at Perfect Pour. Dense brown, creamy light tan head. Waves of banana nut bread, fig and spice ride soft wafts of cola cream, brown sugar, and hints of grape. Intense rich dried dark fruit and spice flavors round with a sugary twist. A soft earthy hop bitterness in the end pulls this together well. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. Not spectacular as I had hoped, but quite solid none the less...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4078) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with light tan head. Sweet malt, brown sugar, creamy milk chocolate, plums, raisins, esters, and clove. Pretty good non-offensive/not to strong belgian style ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
dark brown with dense white head. yeasty sweet nose. flavor of dark candi sugar and yeasty esters. thick mouth feel. some depth provided by the alcohol, could benefit from aging to bring out some more flavor components

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
22oz bottle $6.49. I am always game to try a new Green Flash beer, some are great, some are good, I have only had one that I considered bad. This was dark, dark, brown, almost black with a head that is huge and fluffy. It smells like spice, clove, banana, standard belgian yeasty smells. Flavor was also clove, spice, and licorice as well as something that reminds me of westmalle dubbel. Easy to drink despite the alcohol which is not offensive but make no mistake it is not hidden. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-23-2008 19:39:39

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2701) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Really impressed by this one...rusty nail colored body with a thick eggshell head that sticks around throughout the sip. Amazing dark chocolate, molasses, banana, and vanilla nose. Flavor is semi sweet with caramel, dark fruit, and candied sugar. Very good!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Nice brew. Pours like liquid chocolate with a fuming head that lasts. Strong banana bread and spicy gum aromas. Full nectar and luscious to the feel. Carbonation helps here as it’s perfect for that creamy texture. A viscous malt body ensues carrying a loaf of banana bread gently baked with exotic spices. The finish is long and memorable. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a foamy dissipating tan head that laces and black color. Aroma is anise, pumpernickel, earthy/acidic hops. Taste is sweet dark malt-anise/molasses/chocolate, dark fruit, pumpernickel, earthy/acidic hops bitterness that’s a bit raw, yeasty. I’ll rate this based on cooler serving temp, which was better than when it was at cellar temp. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2009
22 oz. bottle. I see no indication that this is called "Grand Mantis". A mahogany pour with a big, creamy dark-khaki head. Rich aroma of dark cherries, raisins, caramel, and bananas. Medium to full-bodied and a bit syrupy. Starts off very sweet with lots of caramel, raisins, cloves, bananas, plums, candied sugar, and vanilla extract. Ample spiciness too. Subtle hoppiness is apparent near the end with some drying grapefruitiness. A bit of alcohol warmth. Tasty.

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