Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden-brown colour. Dark fruits and olives on the nose with raisins, dark sugars and bubblegum. Thick, sweet sugar taste with light raisin and fruit. Typical oversweet American Belgian attempt..I will never like this type of unbalanced beer.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy via blutt59) Pours a mahogany bottle with a small beige head. Aroma of mustiness, dates, raisins, and caramel. Flavor of dates, raisins, caramel, yeast, and molasses.
argo0 (11443) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bhensonb (10908) - 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.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Grand Cru
Date: December 25, 2008
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head
Aroma: rich chocolate malt aroma, lots of fruity esters, dark caramel sweetness, light spicy phoenolics
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dry dark chocolate, spicy phoenolics mixes with an earthy character to produce a dry bitterness, just a hint of caramel sweetness, rich chocolate with dry spicyness just does not meld as well as hoped
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
brokensail (10744) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/mahogany pour with an off-white head. Nose of sweet sugar and dark fruits with a lot of caramel, toffee, and raisin. Some alcohol, a bit of spice, and mild chocolate. Tastes a bit hot, but great sugar and fruit flavors. Raisin, figs, and dates along with brown sugar and caramel. Some slight spice, mild roast, and a hint of chocolate.
Leighton (10702) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Awesome, awesome beer. Pours a dark brown with almost purple highlights. A dense, beige head. Nose heavy on raisins and toffee, along with malty undertones. Flavor is super rich and sweet. More dark fruits. Some smoke and coffee in the latter stages of the flavor. Nice funky yeast hints as well, especially in the tail. Sweet and syrupy finish. Delicious.
Travlr (10587) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Faucets in Tokyo. Deep maroon color, beige head. Aroma of nutty caramel. Taste is sweet and sour nuts. Odd.
Tmoney99 (10554) - 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.