Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red with a big head and some lacing. Smells sweet. Tastes of fruit, dark chocolate, caramel, bread and subtle alcohol. I expected it to be hotter. Light mouthfeel. I’m going to cellar one for a year and see what happens.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, toffee. Taste has vanilla, toffee. Nice.
Westmeister (1527) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pops!. Pours a dark cola color with medium small head and spotty lacing. Smell is big raisin, earthy, bits of spice, sweet. If I didn’t know this was aged in Brandy barrels I would have not picked it up. With me knowing, I do detect a hint of brandy. Otherwise, just a nice smelling dubbel. Taste is candied plums, spice, alcohol, some oak, tad vinous/brandy in the background, swirling caramel. I dig how this is very nicely made dubbel with a just a very well incorporated barrel addition. It comes off subtle, rounded out, but just a tad boozy. Overall, (after looking at my ratings) this is tup there as one of the best if not the best dubbel I have had to date. Nice.
Drake (7941) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear dark red color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bread, spice, umami, mild brandy. The taste is bready malts, spice, raisin, date, brandy, vanilla and a bit of booze. Medium bodied. Very nice.
Emeister84 (753) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of raisins, cherries, cocoa, and subtle booze. Hazy mahogany with fully lasting, beige head. Slightly sweet and strong, with flavors of dried fruit and dark chocolate, with some toasted coconut and alcohol. Medium body, refreshing carbonation, and finishes with fruit and heat.
zickbeer_ye (221) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 aged in brandy barrels. sweet brandy and spice scent with cherry notes and other slight fruit scents. Creamy white head nice darker brown with an amber hue. spice and clove notes with a strong alc brandy and some slight fruit tastes. smooth but a little hot on the palate. Izzick
MadRobin (1694) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Murky, dark brown with a khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, port wine and dark bread.
Taste of roasted malt, cherry, raisin and brown sugar.
Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
maxwelldeux (3069) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear brown color with effectively no head on it. Nose is malty and somewhat sugary. Taste actually a tad filled with alcohol. Not much to this.
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap pour - @ JoJo's. Pours dark brown with smallish creamy tan head. smoky aromas, malted biscuit, candied plums on the nose. Dark fruit, figs, and good malt on taste, with long finish, mildly bitter. Smooth up in ya!