nimbleprop (6062) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 corked and caged, pours into the glass looking more like a shiraz than a beer. Zero head, hardly any carbonation, deep purple/black that is mostly opaque. Not much in the look to let you’re know you’re drinking an abt, let alone a beer. Initial aroma, right after the bottle had been popped, was heavy fruit and very grapey almost like... a shiraz. But once the glass had a chance to breath you got the aroma’s you’d expect from this style beer, dark Belgian candy, sour yeastiness, touch of peanut, and plenty of alcohol apparent in the aroma. Flavor is quite sour from the yeast and the alcohol, toffee and dark fruits are also abundant, with flavor notes of white grape and honey as well. Heavy mouth feel with plenty of heat from the alcohol with the funky, medicinal lasting after taste you get from this kind of beer. Truthfully, it was a little much for me. I’d like to see this beer without the raisins, and maybe with some extra hops to give it a more rounded nose, flavor and finish.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark fruit aroma, blackish purple appearance, soft and gentle at first then the raisins hit along with strong alcohol, finishes dry with some chocolate notes
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with bareley any head.
Smells of raisins and spices and maybe a hint of brown sugar molasses.
Very oily and smooth and the flavors of rasins and figs are subtle but not overpowering. I can’t help but notice that there is barely any carbonation at all, the beer is almost flat except for a thin ring of around the edges of the glass; however the flatness allows me to focus on the flavor of the beer a little more.
I cannot believe that this is 10.5%, the alcohol is among the most well hidden i’ve ever encountered.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a dark cherry-varnish color with small ivory head. The aroma is pretty strong raisin and black cherry with some light wood and chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar, and some general fruity esters. The flavor is cherry, wood, alcohol, and a little bit of ash. The finish is prickly and somewhat hot, and leaves a dry aftertaste. Not bad.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep red body with minimal head..aroma of black cherry, chocolate, yeast, coffee cake...very sweet..flavor of toffee, sweet bread, raison, prune, figs, and cherry...beautiful, chocolately finish...superb
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 Bottle. Dark reddish pour. Resiny and thick - slightly medicinal. Tons of raisins everywhere, dark fruit, alcohol in the finish. Big malt character - toffee, brown sugar. Decent, I can see that, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Rerate - a big round quad, sweetness is well balanced by the alcohol content. Clearly well brewed. 750ml, cork and cage, at Blind Tiger.
jcwattsrugger (11585) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
on tap-pours a disappearing off white head and cloudy brown color with red tint. Aroma if funky medium malt. Taste is funky medium malt, spices, dark fruit-raisin. Not my taste.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent. Brown pour with a decent tan head. Big malty nose with notes of figs, raisins. Flavor is extra rich and malty with a huge alcohol presence. Nice and robust body. Wonderful beer.
BeerandBlues2 (10827) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy, off-white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), light hops (grass), average yeast (horse blanket, earth) with notes of dates and maple syrup. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, drank with X-mas dinner. Pours a dark ruby/brown color witha medium sized tan colored head. Aroma of huge sweet malts, raisins, prunes, figs, light caramel and toffee. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, raisins, figs, honey, spice. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finished sweet and warming. Fantastic.