performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark. Luring smell. But the punch is in the flavor. Satisfying roasted raisin taste. Didn’t think I liked Abt/Quad. Wrong. This was wonderful.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery in San Marcos. Cloudy, dark, amber-mahogany with a thick, dense, fine light tan-colored head. Very complex layered aromaa of clove and bananas with molasses, spicebox, figs, raisins, and dried apple. More banana and spice in the flavor with some bready, yeasty fermentation characteristics, toffee, molassess, and roasted grain. Viscous and mouth-coating with good presence. Lots of alcohol in the feel as well with considerable warmth--yet still balanced --with a bittersweet finish.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
blackish chestnut body, chestnut brown at edges. aroma is rum, oak, raisins, doughy/bready malt. flavor is dark roasted bready malt, also dried black mission figs, prunes, and a bit of oak/vanilla. some rummy heat in the end/finish.
Ungstrup (29950) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A murky red-brown beer with a thin rim of head. The aroma is sweet malty with strong notes of over ripe fruits and prunes. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, prunes, and over ripe fruit, leading to a dry and slightly woody finish.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unfortunately, I have acquired a couple of the bottles that have the known "corking" problem. This opened with no pop, and poured a carbonationless liquid. The smell is great. Rich, dark fruits. Mostly the clearly stated raisin. But more dark cherry, blackberry as well. The taste is quite good. Full on the mouthfeel and rich. I prefer my beers not overly carbonated and this is surprisingly good. It needs just a hint of carbonation to add to the mouthfeel, and to slow down my consumption of this thing. Without the carbonation to slow you down, this thing just goes quick. A very satisfying beer that is close to the way I like them, just needs a touch of carbonation and this would be top shelf.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks Flaco Alto! Deep brown/burgundy in color with a fading bubbly tan head. Has a sweet fruity aroma with lots of raisin and plum-like fruits. Also has brown sugar, evident Belgian-style malts and a nutty hint. The flavor is less sweet than anticipated from the aroma. Somewhat thin in body, but the malts are evident in the flavor. Some dark maple qualities and dried fruits (figs, raisins, dates) The later flavors give off some earthy qualities like peat, tobacco, and a hint of smokiness in the finish. Not bad, but a bit overrated.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured dark brown with a nice off white head and lacing.
Aroma is sweet and spicy with a sweet yeasty flavor and tonsof floatys.
Arayaga2 (1818) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, the color of pureed raisins , with a small tan head. Both aroma and taste contain raisin and figs with a rich, roasty undercurrent. $10/22oz
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Date: May 22, 2007
Source: Mail Order
Appearance: dark muddy brown with ruby edges, wispy beige head, touch of drippy lace
Flavor: sweet malt flavor with lots of dates and raisons and other ripe dark fruits plus a hint of alcohol after warming a bit
Overall: rich malt flavor, lots of ripe fruit, balancing roasted bitterness is a bit too much and distracting and should fade with age, only a touch of sweetness comes with warming but the bitterness holds it back from being all it should be, richness continues to grow and picks up some chocolate along the way
Date: December 31, 2008
Source: cellar stock
Score: 3.9 to 4.1
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby edges, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: rich and sweet fruity aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, caramel sweetness brings out the rich ripe fruity esters, light bitterness still present but has subsided allowing the fruit character to emerge, nice spicyness, fleeting hint of alcohol
Overall: age is helping this one along nicely
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Date: September 01, 2008
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine tan head, bits of drippy sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel and brown sugar aroma with lots of fruityness, a hint of chocolate
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, lots of dark fruits, dark caramel sweetness brings out the fruity character, hint of chocolate adds complexity, little to no bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
Date: January 29, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: dark brown with ruby edges, creamy beige head
Aroma: light sweet fruity aroma, light chocolate
Flavor: dry fruity flavor, drying earthyness, light spicyness, touch of funk
Overall: somebody is farting up the place, oh that’s me, I think a guy just shot me a thumbs up for a big fart, really?
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Poured with no head into a glass. Deep brown color. Smell was incredible, red wine, raisins, rum soaked fruits, brandy. This beer was very low on carbonation. The cork sort of fell out. I don’t know if it is always this way or if this was lacking in carbonation. Could be the plane ride. Anyways, taste was huge wine notes, raisins, dark fruits, candi sugar, buiscuit. Very nice, closest beer I have had to wine. Overall, I loved the aroma and flavor, if this beer had a little carbonation it would be outstanding. Good stuff!