lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy ruby/mahogany color with a smallish khaki head. Aroma of caramel covered apples, figs, dark fruits, candied sugar, and some toasty maltiness. Medium-bodied and syrupy. Starts off with lots of candied sugar, figs, caramel, and Golden Delicious apples. A touch of spice at the end. Slight presence of warming alcohol. A bit too reminiscent of cough syrup for me.
sinfull (1326) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The oldest beer I've ever had. 2008 on the bottle! And it wasn't bad . Dark, brown color ; no sediment. Thin , off-white head. Aroma of malt and fruits , I could still distinguish figs after . Sweet , fruity taste with some oily mouthfeel at the end . Good beer , though that mouthfeel confused me( probably age).
AgentAle (1400) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a very complex malt aroma. Fix, dark roasty malts, raison and chocolate. Taste is a very very rich maltiness. Caramel and sweet malts are deep and last until finish. Slight bitter bite on finish. Harf to pinpoint exacts on malt and hop characters with such a vast quantity of of ingredients. Body is black with light brown head with moderate retention.
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cleaning out the fridge and grabbing some long forgotten beers! 2008 Vintage. Poured a brownish color with an off white head. Dark fruits, matly, caramel, and fruity. This one was a tad bit too sweet for me, but I would not classify it as cloyingly sweet.
superspak (4300) - Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(2008 release). Pours very hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toast, bread, caramel, herbal, earth, toffee, nuttiness, and chocolate. Nice and pleasantly balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, fig, chocolate, toffee, nuttiness, earth, and herbal. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, toast, chocolate, toffee, earth, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; minimal cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock/dubbel hybrid brew. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured on tulip. It has a very dark purple color with about two finger tall head. Smell a lot of dark fruits and heavy candy. The flavor is all about strong fig concentrate almost like if it was burnt syrup or burnt caramel. The mouth feel is the best about this beer, well carbonated and solid.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another HeBrew bomber :-). The body on this one was brown and murky (yeast) with some tan, silky lacing. With a complex aroma of fig, vanilla, brown sugar and hops hinted at a well-rounded beer. This one was nutty like a brown ale, and fruity with hints of yeast like a Belgian beer. Finished with a smooth aftertaste full of yeast and bitter hops - perdy’ damn good.
OmegaX (1365) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chipalsa, for the hookup with Hebrew beer again. Nose is pure fig and prune, with some berries and caramel/dark malts. Body is mainly dark purple/brown with some tan head. Taste is very fruity with berry notes to it. Semi-sweet with some dark malt undertones. Toffee, caramel, and more fig juice. Good stuff. Very drinkable.
kzoobrew (13) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby colored body with a bit of tarnished brown creeping in. Slightly hazed body though no sediment noted. One and a half finger eggshell colored head set atop. The head diminishes rather quickly, scant lacing left behind. Good looking beer but not top tier.
The aroma is heavy on the fig and caramel. Deep rich caramelized sugar stops just short of burnt. Brighter raisiny and plumb aroma develops underneath. Soft spiciness is picked up underneath but the overall aroma is dominated with sweet caramel and fig.
The flavor is similar to what you would expect from the nose. The sweetness is a bit more subdued than what I imagined however. The caramel melds with a molasses flavor. The fig and fruit flavor is much darker and more integrated. I really enjoy the sweetness being held in check, makes the beer much more enjoyable and easy to drink.
Medium to full bodied beer, carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Very soft texture. The finish is on the longer side but fades sooner than you might imagine.
Tasty beer overall. I am not sure if this is one I would pick up again, it is more about my feeling about the style rather than the beer. Enjoyable and rather drinkable. Holding up well, worth a try if you can find it lying around.
Jethro6191 (506) - Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
22 oz. bomber. Poured brown with a thin tan head. Raisins, prune juice, and fig notes. Was not a big fan of this beer. The carbonation level was very low. Tasted like a beer and prune juice cocktail.
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz btl. Been aging for a couple years. Poured into tulip glass. A hazy, deep, dark reddish-brown color with the sweet delicious notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and plums. Not too much head but a tan colored foam. Lively carbonation in glass. Great scrumptious taste with flavors of chocolate, a hint of a woodsy profile, fig taste not too dominant but can tell it’s somewhere. Smooth off of the palate, not too many bubbles on feel. Finishes nicely with no unpleasant lingering. A great beer from my friends at Shmaltz Brewery. I highly recommend it if you can try it. Glad that I have even more of these aging still.