hopscotch (9840) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Clear copper ale with a large, fluffy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel or quad – mild chocolate, lots of dried dark fruits (raisins, dates and fig) clove and black bread. Full-bodied with a creamy/slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Bland, modest, minerally bitterness dominates the flavor, but allows notes of medium-dark sherry and fallen dark fruit to peek through. Finishes bland and very lightly acidic.
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of a reddish pour. Aroma of toffee, grape juice, honey and some golden raisins. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, toffee, grapes, kosher grape wine. Weird. Almost good. Almost.
Drake (9460) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear ruby red color with a large tan creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of grapes, brown sugar, dark malts, toffee and an earthy finish. The taste is fairly bitter with notes of toffee, apple and raisins. Medium bodied. Decent.
GT2 (8949) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at CK thanks to nmann08. Pours a clear orange to amber. Spotty lacing. Weak foam. Nose is tomato, oilive, mint, pimento, harbs, candies. Taste is mint, toffee, tobacco. Palate is decently malty, spicy. Weird stuff.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour. The aroma is very sweet and malty. Quite plummy and sweet with a lot of pale malt flavour. It actually doesn’t come across grapey or anything like that. A little peppery booziness across the back of the palate, but it’s still pretty drinkable. Soft palate with a light caramelly sweetness. A little bit of chewiness. The light Belgian yeast spiciness gives a kiss of slightly spiciness as well. All in all, a pretty tasty brew.
crossovert (8347) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It is sweet and malty, but not what you look for in the style. A failed expeiment.
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours chill hazy ruby deep coppery with clingy 2 finger off-white head. Nose is that house quality nose of acidic caramel malt, mild hops, with ESBish tannins and mild fruit. Tastes caramel malty, not sweet, with some ESB tannic notes, stays pretty bitter, with some hops, not very complex. Finishes dry and gets drier as it warms. Comesacross like a poor man’s Fuller’s vintage ale. I got very little grape juice in this, and methinks it might have been a good idea to add it later along in the fermentation process.
mcberko (7808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, pours dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of grapes, caramel malts, dates, figs, some brown sugar and molasses. Flavour is a hybrid of a grapes / Doppelbock / Abbey Dubbel, with the grapes on the initial flavour, with the darker fruits, molasses and burnt caramel filling out the middle and finish. Quite nice, though the 2009 special was superior.
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Datz Deli in Tampa and courtesy of thejohn. It pours clear deep copper with tan head. The aroma is roasty malts, caramel malts, figs, apples, spices, mild assorted fruity sweetness and yeasty spices. The taste is rich in flavor with roasted malts, sweet maltiness, some assorted yeasty and otherwise spiciness and then drying up in the finish with the help of a modest level of roasted malt astringency.
DuffMan (7227) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, shared with jeff. Medium amber, slightly hazy, robust rocky off white head. Aroma is toasty malt and Welch’s grape jelly. Very interesting aroma. I’m not sure if it is the power of suggestion, but the grape aroma was undeniable for me. On the palate, the grapejuice element is more subdued, lending a fruity sweetness to the dominant toasty toffee malt. Hints of cocoa, piecrust, and tea. Very interesting brew. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it very interesting (and dangerously easy) to drink.