bluejacket74 (1125) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 ounce/375 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #3. I’ve had this bottle for a while now, so I might as well drink it! Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours a murky amber/brown color with about an inch light tan head that didn’t stay around for too long. There’s a small amount of lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet, it smells like brown sugar, oak, caramel malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, and port. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some banana and dark fruit flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Overall I think it’s a good but not great beer. At $14.99 a bottle I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but even then I still think it’s worth trying.
Marheb (1506) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
L’identité de La Trappe Q se manifeste dès la première effluve. Du bois, des fruits confits, du poivre. En bouche c’est plein de maturité, le chêne atténue bien les esters trappistes. solide et accessible malgré la complexité.
SHIG (3279) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to my friend Jamie: Poured a orange to light brown with no head to thin tan. Aroma is sweet taffy to dark fruit, some oak. Taste is mild fruit and yet has a woodsy edge.
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. 26/10 written on cork.
Appearance : Clear deep amber with big white creamy head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Red fruits with caramel. Nutty and yeasty. Light spices. Very light wood, not much.
Palate : Fizzy but rather soft for the style. Nice.
Taste : Caramel, red fruits with yeast. Spicy and rather woody. Some alcohol on finish. Light harshness coming from the wood but it’s not annoying. Nice woody finish.
Overall : Interesting. It seems the alcohol is more present than with the regular version but I don’t really see why. Maybe less sweetness and more wood brings the alcohol upfront. Nice added complexity coming from the wood. Great nutty nose. Nice wood also. Maybe slightly better than the regular version but I haven’t had it in a long time. It also seems my rating for the regular is a bit overdone.
PacNWDad (64) - Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich aroma, with lots of carmel and some grass and woodiness. Very earth. Color is mahogany, almost opaque. Not much head. Sweet flavor, a bit of sour, too. Not much bitterness, not a highly hopped beer. Medium to heavy feel in the mouth, lighly carbonated. Overall, a lot of fun drinking a single batch, and I liked the oakiness.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch #3 rbwg 3/5/11 from walter.
Hazy amber golden with a small ow head.
A=tons of peppery wood, yeast, caramel, raisins, vanilla, apples and general green.
Flavor is the same only it has a rather unpleasant yeasty AT.
Medium bodied on the fuller side. 7/4/6/3/15
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, oak / wood, caramel, and toffee. Tastes of dark fruits, wood, candi sugar, vanilla, caramel, and some coconut.
Benzai (5727) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Shared with Thompson. Nice dark red glow coming through the dark brown color. Small white lacing on top. Smell sweet, slightly alcohol, lightly roasty. Taste wood, some kind of liquor, sweetness and slight roastyness. Nice lightly warming alcohol, good carbo, very nice pretty soft mouthfeel, medium to full body.
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep cloudy caramel into a snifter. White head recedes leaving spot lacing. Bubblegum and oak aromas. Dry, oaky caramel and vanilla upfront turning to bubblegum and banana in the lasting finish.
thirdeye11 (5336) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clearish deep copper. Nose of oak, caramel, Belgian yeast and raisin. Taste of raisin, mild alcohol, Belgian yeast, and a linger of alcohol as well. Quite carbonated, nice beer.