PriorL (2506) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle during (mostly) Hair of the Dog beers tasting. Many thanks again Jef!
Side by side comparison of batch #74 and batch #82
#74 = 4,1
APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, almost no head.
NOSE: chocolate, little smoked, malts.
TASTE: chocolate, balanced, coffee, mocha, nice.
#82 = 3,9.
APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, nice stable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, peated, some mint.
TASTE: smoked, peated, chocolate, very nice. Though dislike the peated effect of this one a little...
JefVerstraete (1976) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade. Shared @ HOTD tasting. Dark brown, thin layer of foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of dark fruit with a subtle peaty tang. Sweet with light bitter finish. We opened a batch 74 and a batch 85. The 74 was more flat and almost no smoke left. 85 was more lively and complex.
stevencon (507) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Tyler! Deep chocolate brown off white head. Chocolate roast light smoke tobacco port brown sugar liquorice. Complex beer with an excellent warming feeling. Great cold weather beer.
bmsulliv (206) - - NOV 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Ok but too much going on. Overwhelming malt flavor that gets muddled. At brewery
Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in a trade with CBOK. Thanks! This pours a beautiful extremely dark brown into a snifter. Larger off-white head lasted and laced nicely. The aroma was complex with dark chocolate, malts, raisins, prunes, dark breads, and leather. The taste was just as complex with dark fruits, dark chocolate, cream, caramel, mocha, booze and roasted nuts. Full body, flavorful finish of malts and nuts. Little booze. Very good.
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany brown tiny ring of head. Aroma has spiced caramel burnt malt vanilla. Taste is more spiced caramel vanilla coco subtle peat and subtle booze and wood. Palate medium and warming.
Beardaxe (293) - - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brownish/blacl with little head. Aroma of malt and a bit of roast and not much else. Mildly shape carbonation. Good mix of hops and malt with a bit more hops than I was expecting. Nice underlying smokiness. More than subtle but still unobtrusive. No real heat on the finish but there is some spicy bitterness. Smooth for 10%. Nothing mind blowing here but very well executed.
jbruner (2874) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to prufrockstar! Pours a hazy brown with fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is actually big hop up front, vegetal pine with a big malty backbone. Taste is nicely balanced American strong ale with a great hoppy middle and the alcohol amazingly well hidden. Wow, amazing.
alliance100 (945) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours a deep amber color . Taste is sweet , grainy with a solid smokiness . Really enjoyed this one .
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sulawang (700) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Pours deep dark brown with a fantastic huge foam and lasting head, thick sticky lacing, some micro CO2 activity near the surface. Beautiful.
Nose: faint dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate, roastedness, and brown sugar. (lvl-3)-pungency
Attack: dense liquid malt sweetness
Mid-palate: thick-bodied, creamy-light fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, brown sugar/caramel malts, figs, leather
Finish: medium booziness, light roasted coffee, persistent malty sweetness, soft hopped bitterness, lingering sweet-bitter finish.
Summary: A robust, full-bodied ale with a very dark malty character. Well executed but no unique flavours particularly stood out.