kraddel (3334) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At BBF 2014 . Great thnx to Belgbeergeek !!!!
Pours dark brown , No real head .
Smell is sweet, rather typical HOTD .
Taste is sweet, earthy , HOTD - ’metallic’ sweetness . Complex, like Pannepot . Really nice , but I’d say the hand of HOTD was bigger than Struise in this one .
symmetric (62) - - SEP 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich cherry & boozy nose. Sweet taste with notes of silky smooth chocolate on the finish.
BenH (2343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Paul. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of molasses, dried fruit, dark fruits. Taste is rich, molasses and dark fruit. Sweet with a clean finish.
McNeillR (1231) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown thinnest light brown thread of head. Creamy soft sweet port and brandy berried hum to the nose. Initial taste is deceptively soft, light nutty clove and fading sweetness. Clean, well sieved malt and a clean wholesome mouthfeel. Breaks off on the finish, booze fades and a dirty wholemeal stopper.
Bottle, Independence Tasting, Cheers Paul for the long haul
cgarvieuk (14542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing...deep black .. dry roast ... dark cchocolate... soft malts ... sweet fruits ... soft toffee fruits .. juicy fruit ... soft roast ... soft sweet fruits ... soft toffee ... oily deep and rich ... soft toffee plums and fruits ... nice soft fruits ...
brystmar (1261) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boring brown pour without head. HotD barrels & yeast, sweet caramelized malts, epic depth here. I was expecting good and pleasantly surprised with great.
neuromatt (1158) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of JB, served in a stem glass. Pours deep toffee with a small beige head that fades to a few bubbles. The nose has huge vanilla and toffee, along with big chocolate, figs and subtle pear. The flavour is moderately sweet with toffee and some molasses; this is paired with figs and candied fruit. Herbal notes provide a nice accent. The finish is long with molasses and toffee and a slight herbal note. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and virtually no carbonation. Overall, wow, a very complex malty brew, but one that is quite sweet, almost a bit too much. 2014-09-09
NeuroPliny (151) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 330cc bottle. Pours black-brown with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, fig, and fermented fruit. Flavour is caramel, toffee, candied fruit, molasses, sweet malts, no hops present. Yummy.
dEnk (3811) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ de molen. Thanks Menno! Aroma is port, raisin, grapes, liquorice, chocolate, molasses, wine/vinous note. Flavour is rich and creamy velvet chocolate, liquorice, roast, vanilla, oak, red fruits, bourbon, this that and more. Holy shit this is awesome.
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
murky red-brown, thinnest white ring. Boozy cherry and toffee, boozy chocolate candy type ethanol, sugary. Sweet apple across the hot front palate, chocolate and nut across mid before more heat through thin, sticky end, hence the tootsie roll comparison.