malrubius (1517) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle in in generic tulip. Dark reddish brown with lasting ring and a little lace. Fruity yeasty spicy woodsy aroma. Nice complex dark fruity brown sugar and raisiny flavor with mild spicy finishing bitterness. Medium-full body and medium carbo and nice mouthfeeel. Complex and deliciious.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown body with a a nice light brown head.the aroma is a complex mix of dark fruit,cloves,allspice,belgian yeast,and banana nut bread.flavor is much of the same with a smooth yet complex palate.this is an awesome example of a b.s.a. brewed in america.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a nicely conditioned beer. The head is composed of very tight little ecru bubbles, very foamy. The initial aroma promise something very dubbel-like, a bit of tobacco and sweet dark malts, with a grainy and hoppy overlay. Then, however, it starts to fall apart. The second this thing rises above 54 degrees or so (I pulled it out of the fridge at 52), it gets very fusely - huge alcohol presence. More grain, more hops (way out of style), sweet and quite hoppy. Fair, but not smooth - rough.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color with a small off white head; it looks somewhat like a stout. The aroma is of apples, spices, and bananas. The flavor is of dark fruits, leather and tobacco. The texture is syrupy. Overall Id say it’s not bad, but not my style.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, very dark, copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose provides dark malts and esters of dark fruit and banana along with a phenol of clove. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Much like the aroma, the flavor offers sweet, dark malts and dark fruits. Modest notes of tobacco, dried plum and light molasses are also revealed. Medium sweet; mildly bitter with just a touch of clove. Finishes moderately sweet and lightly spicy.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL. The pour was dark brown colored, nice generous off-white fluffy style head, good continuous to spotty lacing. The aroma was fruity grapes, dark fruits, yeasty/bready notes. The flavor followed the aroma, some caramel mixed in there, light chocolate, finishing with a bit of a bitter roasty touch. The mouthfeel was airy big, firm carbonation.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a lusciously creamy pour. Mysteriously dark. Smooth and weighty on the tongue with a milkshake-like finish. Extremely flavorful, rich and decadent. Roasty aromas carried hints of various dark fruits, especially raisin, fig and dates. A full sweetness … toffee and maple … rounded things out. Subtle nips of anise, pepper and grass added to the complexity. Great stuff.
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a dark brown hue with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing.
Aroma is of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, and some brandy. A floral scent is also prominent.
The flavor has a sort of watery beginning, but it transformed to a sweet alcoholic ending with plums seeming to be the dominant source of sweetnesss.
Syrupy texture with light carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Sent in a picture to be uploaded. Smells and drinks like a great strong Dubbel. Pours with a large off -white head that leaves a film over thee dark brown body. Good spider lacing left on the glass. Aroma of fruity esters, dark fruits, vanilla, spice, alcohol, and nice florals. Taste is fruity and very Belgian yeasty with a bit of sweetness from an unfinished beer, fruity esters, tobacco and leather. Creamy mouthfeel, light bubbles.
bhensonb (9874) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Very dark ruby amber color with a decent light tan head. Aromas of roast malt, darkish fruits, and spicey hops. Full bodied with creamy frothy carbonation. Flavors of roast malt, darker fruits, banana?, spice, yeast, and something really different - overall it finishes astringent. No heat.