zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is malt, raisins, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, raisins, alcohol, and molasses.
thedm (5496) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a semi-opaque softly carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was brown malt sweet and Irish Red malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mildly vinous brown malt wheat and mild candy.
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red-brown color, not a foamy, minimal head (huge alcohol percentage...). The aroma is like a mountain of chocolate, a river of alcohol and a cloud of fruits. And the taste. Picturesce, like the aroma. Sweet, syrupy liquid with chocolate, raisins and cherries. The big alcohol percentage is hidden behind the complex flavour. You can feel the roasted malt on the tongue with the sweet aftertaste.
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with minimal light brown head. Smells of fruity alcohol, almost wine-like. Tastes pleasantly sweet, with a syrupy mouthfeel and after-taste. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Overall...a nice ale.
douglas88 (8092) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Bottle thanks to the Champion. Pours a dark brown with a thin light brown head. The aroma is mostly dark fruits with some candy and sugary qualities. The taste is really sweet and syrupy; dark fruits, melted candies and chocolate, dark sweet cherries, molasses and some malt. Just like the description; a Belgian brown ale. Interesting, really sweet but good.
rocbyter (2067) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of sweet malts and some grains. Amber color with a small brown head. Sweet flavor throughout with a light amount of bitterness developing in the middle and a little alcohol in the finish. Creamy palate.
BlackOut (43) - East End, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer, got myself a 0.7L ($8.99 from MGM-not cheap) big boy today, wow, what a break! Totally love the richness of it, will go nicely with a meat dinner. Although rich in alcohol but can’t taste it straight away, it kinda comes in later and not with a bang but very smoothly, will drink again and recommend to anyone!
Jaminjimmy (6) - Clayton, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great richness with malty and roasted barley flavors, slightly sweet with toasty flavor. may go well with a touch of goat or lamb. Over all I just think alone it may be OK but to drink an 11% beer and this is all I get I would be a bit let down.
jrob21 (3366) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is pretty high powered and and subtle in its power. First impression is of a spicy malty drink. Slowly the sweetness comes through with some purple fruit flavors. There is a cordial liquor sort of quality to this beer that is unique. On tap at the brickstore. Poured a reddish brown with a big off white head.
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber, slight head, part of BJCP training session courtesy of maniac. Aroma was raisin, a hint of perfume, and bread. Flavor matched, definitely malt accented. Seemed simplistic in comparison to the Rochefort and Gouden Carolus we had previously, but not a bad beer.