XCaellaX (22) - Bramois, SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle from Drink d’Annevoie, BE - Cuvée 2012. Clear medium to dark amber color with a very small short lasting head. Aroma: roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate. Flavor: moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter with a long finish of warming alcohol. A nice one!
JohnGalt1 (709) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tubby 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Brewer’s Haven.. Bottled on 5/29/13... Enjoyed about 21 months later from a large bulb goblet.. 1 finger head rises up and dies back pretty quickly leaving no lacing and no real cap.. the brew is deep dark walnut.
Thick malty nose leans heavily on the dark raisins.. boozy with warmth, burns the eyes a bit.. Spicy yeasty phenols make me think clove first and pepper second.. Esters are raisin with dark cherries.. a bit of oxidation.
Flavor is hot and a little thin, the beer drops off the tongue quickly.. leaving fizzy raisin alcohol.. Okay.. The carbonation scrubs the flavor very fast, but if you try, there is some fruity esters and plenty of spicy phenols..
Very burpy.. Sharp alcohol... Seems a pretty big mess at this point IMO.
sdmmb (1146) - USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drunk from 75cl bottle bought in delhaize, Brussels. Dark spicy wonderfully flavoured beer.
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SHIG (3844) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown almost black with red edges in the light, head is thin light brown. Aroma is malt and fruit. Rich malts, sweetness, deep dark fermented fruits that is very subtle maybe figs, dates. Very interesting and complex.
hawthorne00 (2702) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Very dark brown with a beige head that’s soon at the rim. Aroma of dried fruit - prunes, figs, banana, cherries, raisins - toffee, spices. A bit Porty. Lowish carbonation, only a bit syrupy. Very sweet with complex fruit, a bit of roasty acidity keeps things more or less in check, particularly at the end. Heavy and rich but not overtly boozy. Lots of interesting dried and stewed fruit things going on, but there are beers that have that that are too easy to drink. Pretty good; like another with a couple more years on it.
HIGHB4LL (798) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from WIlbur’s; 2013 Vintage. Appearance: slight tan head, ruby red to brown, cloudy, alcohol, plum, light cherry, light caramel,
palate: medium, thin, alcohol warming, soft. Taste: sweet plum and cherry, light caramel, very mellow sweetness, into alcohol thinness and grunt. Very smooth, alcohol is well hidden, aging has toned down sweetness significantly, very enjoyable!
Iznogud (1295) - CROATIA - FEB 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 330 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. Pours amber brown with off-white head. Malty, roasted, caramel, dried fruits, maybe plums, spices. Sweet.
MarkoNm (1123) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear dark brown color, topped with a rather small beige head, and not much carbonation. Malty aroma, some caramel and fruity nose. Taste starts sweet and caramel, noticeable alcohol and some yeasty notes as well. Doesn’t really work for me. Too strong and malty.
AdiBeer (1852) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: intense caramel, sugars, ripe, dried, dark fruits. Appearance: clear, dark brown, small, beige, creamy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, heavy dried, dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts, long duration, full body, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish. Overall: very nice Belgian Strong Ale, fantastic aroma and palate. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.
gyllenbock (5431) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, vintage 2010. (thanks Eddan)
Clear reddish/brown with a small head. Sweet with malt, some light perfume, morello cherries, dried fruit and caramel. Low carbonation and with a medium body.