jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours mahogany and cloudy with medium light tan head. Aroma is very malty with touches of maple syrup. Flavor follows aroma at first with touches of soft fruit esters towards midpalate. Estery fruity flavor (but not particularly "figgy") with bold malts with touches of maple and even subtler touch of chocolate towards finish. Moderate balancing neutral bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and moderately carbonated. Overall, fairly decadent and sweet with subtle influence from fig (tastes like fig-less ale -- perhaps fig blends too well with esters and malt character or maybe it’s just too subtle). Interesting.
Drake (10510) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond, VA, opened 9/28/10. Pours a dark clear ruby color with a medium light brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, raisins, faint anise notes and a bit of chocolate. The taste is chocolate, anise and other spice notes, bitter hoppy notes, berries, toffee, raisins. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Purple hue, tan head. Musty malt aroma. Sitcky sweet, loads of date flavor. Tastes like a chilled date. Some toasted grains, some grape leaf bitterness. This beer has aged to a wondrous condition. Finishes like a fruity estered dopplebock.
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A reddish copper ale with a thin moka head. A nice liquorous treacle malt aroma with smooth vinous notes and dark fruits. In mouth, a smooth barley wine style ale with roasted malts, light coffee, floral hops, quite nice, molassey character, medium bodied. Tasted June 19 2010.
popery (1667) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting but too sweet and a tad boozy. The beer pours a brownish purple and looks like a thick red wine. There was little head on my pours, and while I can kick up some bubbles if I try, there was never any real lacing. I don’t usually care about appearance, but this beer does not make for a terribly pretty glass. The aroma is almost there with sweet caramel, dark stone fruits and a hint of something else, possibly the fig juice. It’s a tad on the sweet side, but it’s still quite pleasing. The sweetness increases in the taste and gets a tad cloying. The feel is also fairly sticky. There isn’t enough hop bite to balance out the sweet malt.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large bottle, thanks for sharing Waylo! Poured a dark brown with thin tan head that quickly dispersed. Earthy and herb with some slight fig notes. Malty but not complex, kind of like a thin barley wine. The spice notes are not overwhelming and things mellow towards the finsh.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky dark brown with a thin dissipating khaki head. Smells sweet, fruity, earthy. The flavor was much like that of an English barleywine. Smooth and malty with notes of earth, herbal mint, wood, fruity, toffee. Fig finally becomes noticeable in the finish oddly enough it is quite prevalent there with its signature tartness and earthy character. This was a lot better than I expected.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fig flavor. Standard doppelbock. Maybe heavy handed on the fruitiness. Too sweet when warm. This needs to be appreciated a bit colder for balance.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber body, frothy tan head fades. Aroma of berry, fig, caramel, graham cracker, sweet juice, roast malt and cedar. Taste is smooth slick buttery caramel and fruit. Some alcohol is present through the nose in the finish. Earthy bitterness is balanced well by a brown sugar/toffee sweetness. Medium body, lively mouth coating carbonation.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby body with a thin off white head. Fruity malty esters, dates, plums, fig, dates, and cinnamon notes. Malty and chewy with a solid warming. Lighter fructose with a sweet warming. Wow, well done.