mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
rate #400 bottle: poursa real nice dark chocolate brown colour with a medium sizedesspresso foam head that seems very creamy. aroma is a real nice vinous fruit, a good sweet malt and deep brown sugars. the fruit aromas are fantastic in this beer. the flavour is a litttel weak to start but fades into a good dark sugar and fruit flavour of raisins and black figs. the finshes is again dark fruits adn some bitterness, just a little amount of alcohol. a very good beer.
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with only a bit of head. Aroma is on the dark fruit side with a bit of yeast. Flavor is prune, raisin, caramel, booze, fake sugar. Finishes with pretty much no carbonation and not smooth at all. Kind of an alcoholic mess. I don’t see how age could make this any better.
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 month old 750ml bottle- pours a reddish-brown color. Slight head to this one. Fruity aroma. Was very fruity and sweet. A lot of flavor going on. Plums, raisins, and some prune notes. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Overall a good brew well worth the wait.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Madness with the Moose. Poured a dark red-brown color that was almost purple. Small off-white head. The aroma was fruity with plenty of raisin and other dark fruit. Light alcohol hits the nose. The flavor was sweet and fruity. More raisins and some light chocolate and sugar. The alcohol is pretty much covered up in the flavor. But you can feel in warm the body. Full bodied and almost sticky.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Should have rated this a long time ago.....it deserves it after having survived the plane ride home from Fullerton in my checked garment bag...stuffed in my boot. Poured a dark mahogany reddish...small, brief head. Sweet malty aroma, fruity....ripe dark fruits, prunes, raisins, etc. Full bodied with more dark fruit in the flavor, alcohol, chocolate hints....tasty for sure. Quick dry finish....low carbonation. Yet another standout brew by the LB folks.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle procured through trade from Ty and shared with Nate and Naka. Pours dark brown with amber hues, small, rimming white head. Sweet malt, caramel, raisin, grape and plum on the nose. Taste is caramel, toffee, lots of raisin and plum. Mild bitter. A bit dry. Dark and tasty with a great mouthfeel and a good look. Very good stuff. I’m a fan. Now where can I find some more. . . . . . . . .. . .
skortila (5176) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. 75 cl. Aroma has raisin/dried fruits, madeira. Very fruity. Hazy, dark amber-red coloured with an off-white lace, not much head. Taste is sweet with raisin, caramel malt. A little alcoholic, but ok.
caesar (6486) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Hazy redbrown color, no head, just some lacing. Aroma of loads of raisins, malt, sugar, madeira/port. Taste of liquor, fruits, quite alcoholic. Bit off-balance.
Nate (4116) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 750mL from dpjuart. Subtle warm malty aroma, caramel and Tootsie Roll. Macerated raisins, plum, light toffee. Light vaporous notes, alcohol, chocolate. Subtle yet full of different aromas, very nice. Rich. Murky brown with thin off-white head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-light carbonation, mild warming. Starts with raisin, chocolate, and toffee. Warming with medium alcoholic vapour. Warming with great malty flavor, light bitter hoppiness. Subtle overall, but there are some complex undercurrents going on. Finishes with mild bitterness and rich malt. Delicious.
bierkoning (12197) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Secret Santa, shared @ jbrus’s place. Aroma has raisin, port and earthy hops. Full bodied. Alcoholic, porto-like flavor with brandy notes, raisin and earthy and oily hops. Hints of cacao. Notes of wood coming up in the aftertaste.