kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, Iron Hill Wilmington. Dark, cola-brown appearance with a slight reddish tint; off-white head with excellent retention. Cola and candy sugar aroma, with dried fruits. Full, chewy mouthfeel: good levels of carbonation, maple syrup and dried fruits, some belgian spice and yeast, floral hoppiness; complex, layered palette. Slightly dry, cola and candy sugar finish.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of dark cherries, raisins, cocoa, caramel, and brown sugar. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins & dark cherries), chocolate, smoke, and caramel.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to egajdzis for splitting this growler with me...
Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a small light tan head. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of candi sugar, toffee, grapes, brandy, light rauch, cocoa, caramel...very complex with a touch of smoked meat.
Taste is of the same aromas with a raisiny, rum cake, cocoa, liquid smoked flavor swirling about.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly boozy, sweet, again with a meaty, sugary complexity that keeps you thinking about the hidden enigmas buried in this brew.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a huge mug of this stuff in Newark last night. Pour was dark red/brown with a small tan head. Very complex aroma. Lots of dark cherries, carmel, chocolate, sweet smoke, and mild alcohol. The flavor is extremely well balanced with a lot of nice flavors and a well hidden alcohol hint. I believe this is, by far, my favorite I.H. Belgian style beer.
DocLock (7217) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glad to have found this one for lunch today. The pour, in a goblet, was dark blackish with ruby hints and a khaki head. The aroma was very roasty malty, with some grapey fruit, hops, brown sugar, and almond. The palate was dense and complex, with well hidden alcohol, providing a base flavor of roasty malt, chocoff, cabernet, spice, brown sugar, and some rauchy notes. This one is stellar, and worth driving 3 hours for.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy redish brown. very small head. Arom was of caramel malts cherries, fruits. Flavor was much the same, some plums in there as well. Little roast as well. Overall was a little hot but solid beer.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
North wales. Dark reddish brown color with light head. Strong roasted sweet malts and dark fruit aroma. Big bite in it - can definately taste the alcohol. Sweet cherry, chocolate, and some medicine taste. Overall not too bad, but I expected better.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a hazy, mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, cocoa, caramel malts, tropical fruits, peat smoke, with some light alcohol as well. Taste of more caramel, rum soaked raisins, plums, light citrus, vinous, with a dry, yeasty finish, with a touch of smoke, and a bit of alcohol as well.
TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the North Wales location. Pours a dark brown with some amber when held to the light. Head was average size, off white in color. Aroma was very roasty, dark fruits, light alcohol, molasses. Flavor was also very roasty, hints of chocolate, sweet and very dry. Not exactly what I was expecting. Less fruity and more roasty than I have come to expect from the style they were going for.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep brown color with a very nice fluffy white to slight off-white head. Lacing was less than expected given the head. The aroma was caramel and some spices, fruity, somewhat like a Christmas-time Belgian Ale. The flavor followed suit, some brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, other spices, some light roast (v. faint touch of peat). Mouthfeel was smooth, finished with a touch of bitterness (hops or spices?), maybe a touch acidic. Not bad, not excellent, decent.