gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy someone. Clear black reddish pour, filmy white head and thick lacing. Nose of dark Belgian fruit, some toasty bready notes, pear, chocolate and distant roast. Rich dark fruit flavors, with chocolate, coffee, caramel and molasses, with some licorice, brown sugar and a very nice overall complexity. Smooth body, very balanced and very delicious. Surprised by this one, it’s really good.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. thanks to kan. pours reddish brown with creamy tan head. nose is doughy, yeasty, spices. flavors of fruit, yeast, spicy doughy finish. rather dry too. tasty.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle sampled thanks to pantanap. Pours a dark brown black with a beige head. The Belgian yeast is spicy with phenols, brown sugar, plums, and slightly sour notes. The spicy yeast and dark fruit malt don’t complement each other ell. Dark fruits, burnt malts, yeast and dough flavors that have an earthy/funky tinge. Finishes burnt and spicy. Maybe this beer would never be that great, but the odd yeast doesn’t benefit this beer.
Tmoney99 (11700) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Belmont Party.
Poured clear brown color with medium frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma was complex roasted sweet malty and citrus. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet dark flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
after4ever (6565) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Jet black. Dense, creamy tan head. Chocolatey, mildly minty nose. Creamy medium body. Cola, dark malts, black bread on the mid-palate.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from justin..... pours a dark raisin brown with an admirable light brown head....aroma of dark fruit, yeast, and sweet sugary malt....flavors dark fruit, brown sugar, mild spices, and all-around sweet malt. medium carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. good but not too high on the complexity front.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from the wooden keg. thunderous, wonderful cru. smell the delight of summer in the bottle.
Darkover (1525) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a big creamy tan head. Aroma of yeast, spices, fruit and sweet malts. Flavor of yeast, spices, toffee and sweet malts.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aromas of banana and grape soda. Tastes of bananas, vanilla, cola, spice, hops and dark chocolate. Very sparkly on the tongue. Just a fantastically complex enjoyable beer.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, off white head. Aroma is brown sugar, mollases, caramel, toffee, yeast. Taste is a light yeast, caramel, mollases, light brown sugar.