bierkoning (10873) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jrallen74, thanks!! Deep dark brown color. Dried fruit, raisin, hints of oak and plums in the aroma. Malty, very sweet flavor. Warming alcohol. Poro. Bourbon barrels. Dried red fruit. Plums and licorice. Full bodied, thick and sticky on the tongue. Oak and subdued hops compensate the sugary sweetness.
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown ale with almost no head. In aroma, plum, molasses, wood extract, soy sauce, woody and fragrant. In mouth, a viscous maple insanity, with licorice, warming alcohol, dark mashed fruits, extreme but good, but also difficult. Bottle at Mondial 2011, June 9, 2011.
Ratman197 (10726) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (BIG thanks Scott!!) poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of toffee, bourbon, alcohol, plum, raisin and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, plum, raisin, bourbon, light orange and light oak with a smooth warming lingering fruity bourbon finish.
madsberg (10598) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (thx Sarro for this). dark amber coloured. murky. small beige head. aroma of ripe fruits, sweetness, light alcohol, vanilla, some wood. flavour of ripe fruits, sweetness, spice, alcohol, wood, vanilla, and I could go on. medium to full bodied. ends on a sweet, fruity and light spiced note. Yummy.
BeerandBlues2 (10546) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home received via trade with FlandersNed. Pours dark brown with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and toast malt with dates and figs, light alcohol, candied fruits and bourbon. Flavor is malt dominant with oak and bourbon, vanilla, toffee, figs and dates, light alcohol, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
jtclockwork (10308) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Thanks to hopscotch for the long sought after label! Pours dark brown, almost black. Nose/taste of plum brandy, toffee, caramel malt, chocolate and wooden barrel. Very well balanced. Amazing.
Bov (10204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 28, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
from Erzbierschof - cloudy dark brown beer with no head retention; strong aroma of prune and cane sugar; very sweet; moderate carbonaton; full-bodied and gently sticky; residual sweetness and a long aftertaste of prunes with strong warming alcohol notes - out of balance and deeply overrated imho
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deyholla hooks it up! Dark brown pour. Toffee, whiskey, caramel, maple, brown sugar aroma. Flavor is rich and decadent. Tons of toffee, bourbon, maple, molasses, dates. Wow!
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two bottles, 2010 and 2011 vintages, tried side by side. From two generous traders, but sadly I cannot remember who sent them my way. :( Thanks to whomever you are.
2010 vintage. Pours a turgid brown color with a thin creamy tan head that fades quickly. Aroma of huge toffee, notes, caramel, wood, very mild whiskey and dark fruits. The taste is cherries, stone fruits, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted wood, mild whiskey, mild hops. Full bodied, slightly chewy, low carbonation, quite boozy. Nice. 7/3/8/3/15/3.6
2011 vintage pours a turgid brown color with a very thin tan collar of head. Aroma of raisin, toffee, wood, whiskey, umami. The taste is toffee, wood, salty notes, currants, bourbon and a bit of chocolate. Full bodied, very hot, low carbonation, somewhat chewy. 6/3/6/3/13
The 2010 version is much better balanced, smoother, less harsh.
hopscotch (9962) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Muddy dark brown ale with a small, khaki head. Smells like prune juice and bourbon with an afterthought of wood. Boozy, sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit; mainly dried plum followed by tangy sour mash. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes sweet with plenty of alcohol warmth. Nice!