jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of moejuck. I have always been impressed w/ IH
s brews. Kinda the East coast version of Pizza Port- quality brews from top to bottom. This is another quality IH brew- chocolate, caramel, smoke, with a crisp, dry finish.
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler... Dark, mostly clear burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma provides notes of chocolate, banana and dark fruits. Sweet, chocolaty flavor. Not too boozy. Banana esters. Light smoke and spice phenols. A whisper of mint. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes sweet, chocolaty and fruity. Kudos to kmweaver for picking up the growler!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler provided by kmweaver. Clear, dark amber with small off-white head. The aroma is cherry, vinous, candi sugar, banana and clove. The flavor is very sweet, lots of fruit, apple, pear, banana and some clove, slightly medicinal. Medium/full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation, slightly astringent finish.
argo0 (12298) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Growler, thanks kmweaver) Small beige head that quickly minimizes, atop red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some raisin, maple syrup, candi sugar. Taste is sweet, cherry, light alcohol. Full body, low carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - 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 (9940) - 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 (8593) - 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 (1049) - 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.