Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub
Moving towards the imperial stouts I used this as a transition on my sampler flight at Jackie O’s. An interesting attempt at the style works in many ways. There are a few things that could be tweaked but overall this is a diamond in the rough.
Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black liquid swirls easily around the small sample sized glass. Sheer sticky legs betray the ABV immediately. The nose though is very nuanced with a mix of black malt, cherries, red vines, chocolate, and yeast. Put together it is an American take on the Belgian style.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and molasses are immediately evident. Next comes yeast and dry malts. The finish does give away the maple syrup although it is not quite like a harvest ale or other beers that have used it. In fact as time goes it begins to open up. This might have been a middle of the road draft for the bottle sale but at other times this might be towards the cream of the crop.
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, cookie, and caramel malt, dates and figs with light earthy hops, and cooked bananas. Flavor is sweet cookie and caramel malt, light hops and bitterness, candied dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the source. Very dark briwn color, tan head. Aroma of light cocia. Taste is chicolate and brown bread.
alexsdad06 (4522) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in 2011. Pours a hazy brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is Belgian inspired, caramel, maple, moderately sweet with a touch of yeast. The flavor has more caramel, maple sweetness, Belgian yeast but finishes soft. Decent.
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the pub side. Pours a hazy deep amber with thin tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast character and some roasty malt and slight bit of hop. Flavor is definitely Belgian and has a nice round malt character with roastiness and some dark fruit there is some spiciness on the back end. Overall this is a pretty standard Belgian dubbel nice yeast character and a well balanced malt and a smooth yet bubbly mouthfeel.
DrSilverworm (5022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Jackie-Os, served in a goblet. Opaque dark red / brown color. Some off-white head leaving some lace. Good, light crisp carbonation, a nice dry texture. Nice, sweet maple twist to the typical belgian. Good sharp sweetness, light bitter. Taylor got a strong clove aroma from this that turned her off from it (didn’t bother me, though).
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft... light watery brown, tan head... the aroma is sweet but I don’t get any of the maple, but it comes through in the taste... solid
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had this the night before the June 25th release. Received in a snifter.
3.5 A: Deep amber/light brown color. Came filled to the top with no head.
3.5 S: Overload of the JO’s character. I like the JO’s house taste, but this might be a bit much. Woody, with an almost astringent booziness. Lightly vegetal with a nutty brown malt component. Light spiciness with clove running the show. Light prune and tobacco flavors.
3.0 T: A bit weak on flavor. Nutty, tobacco, plum and prune, with a clove spiciness. Not as boozy as the nose.
2.5 M: Lighter medium body. A bit undercarbonated and the carbonation itself is dead (far from spritzy).
3.0 D: Not a big fan of this one.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 17:58:27
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jackie o’s dubbel... Pours a slightly hazy caramel fig brown and
topped with a thin creamy off-white... Dark fruit and yeasty flavored,
semi-sweet. Thicker full bodied, semi-sweet but relinquishes towards.
Aromas stand for the same.
AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Aroma is sweet malts and belgian yeast. Notes of cloves, bread, and a small hint of maple syrup come out. Palate is thick and chewy. Taste is a little bitter and a little sweet. Very different, but good.