BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (thanks to LtDan, I think). Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a medium sized white head. Aromas are huge on alcohol, spicy, bourbon, ginger, brown sugar, sage, vinous, herbal, possibly lightly sour. Flavors are tart, currant, spicy, ginger, sage, vinous. Medium carbonation, damn warming and dry.
umich03jm (1500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle. I had one a year ago and I think this has improved a bit. Pours a clear dark amber color with very little head. Aroma is prunes, candi sugar, belgian yeast, leather, cola, banana, and some spices (maybe allspice?). Taste is a pretty nice balance of the aromas. The prunes, cola, and belgian yeast stand out the most for me. Finish is fruity mostly, prunes, raisins and other dark fruit. Alcohol not detectable. Full body and sticky mouthfeel. A little syrupy too. Overall itís a pretty good Belgian strong.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2011 winter solstice bottling. Pours lightly cloudy dark red color with a small 1 finger off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin film cap. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, pepper, anise, clove, allspice, cinnamon, banana, leather, earth, and yeast spiciness. Very nice, interesting, and complex aromas with good balance. Was not sure what to expect when I opened the bottled, didnít know this was a spiced Belgian. Taste of huge tart raisin, prune, molasses, toast, caramel, chocolate, banana, clove, pepper, earth, leather, cinnamon, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, clove, leather, earth, chocolate, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors, with big intensity on the palate; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian Strong dark ale! Very intense with big complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable sipper.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 bottle from a trade with Unclerudy. Pours dark amber color with tan head. Aromas of raisins, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and some spices. Sweet dark fruit flavor with molasses, yeast and pumpkin pie spices. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Thanks Mike.
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th November 2010
Cloudy brown beer, little tan head. Light dry palate. Sweet malt, somewhat Belgian Tripel like. Sweet coca cola with nuts and pepper. Dry finish. Nice take on the style.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 11.2 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of big basil, coriander, slight cilantro, minty herbal notes, slight biscuit. Taste is nice pepper, citrus, hints of lemon, herbal notes, touch of nice citrus and fruit, some vanilla and cracker, finishing fairly sweet.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Big thanks, dude! JetsonFest II. Cloudy, orangish brown appearance with a light brown head. Quite spicy, dark fruity, fairly citrusy, caramel, tangy, leafy green, spicy aroma. Tangy, orange fruity, quite spicy, orange peel, herbal, fairly fruity/citrusy flavor. This one was quite fun to drink.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent brown without a head. Lots of rich malty notes. Raisins, caramel, fruits, berries. A nice beer for sipping. 11% is hidden well.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. The beer is a deep brownish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malt, fruit and yeast. Rich body with flavors of grainy malt, dark fruits and yeast. The finish is malty with a lightly spiced yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz 2011 bottle, pours a dark raisin color with minimal carbonation. labeled as 11% ABV with a hot boozy aroma, dark fruits and dark sugars and little hops to balance. spicy and warm, with a nice alcoholic bite at the end. evaporative across the palate and full of raisin and spices. Enjoyable and very heavy - best enjoyed around a fire.