thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Thin, tan head that dissipates quickly to a rim around the glass. Nearly black body with tiny bubbles streaming up the glass. Dark and almost intimidating. Looking up through the beer, you can tell it is clear, despite the darkness, and this perspective shows a dark chestnut color. Warm fruity aroma with notes of prune, brown sugar, spice, and alcohol. Nice roasted malt with a hint of milk chocolate initial flavor with light bitter aftertaste that is relatively long lived with an alcohol finish. This brew comes across almost as a strong stout/barley wine cross. It is full bodied with slightly syruppy feel that coats the side of your tongue and the back of your throat. The lively, almost fizzy carbonation keeps it ffrom feeling too heavy. Overall, this beer has a nice subtle aroma that is reliatively complex and pleasant. THe taste is excellent and the mouthfeel is nicely balanced with a full body that is lightened a little by the carbonation.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with not much retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry figs and plums with some subtle notes of alcohol. Taste of dry figs and plums is dominating with some rich and sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation. A bit too sweet overall for my liking and it is missing something complexity-wise. Not bad but definitely not what I was expecting from this well renowned brewer.
NachlamSie (2903) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle brought to you by Tronraner. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. I was expecting a blast of raisins on this one, but it’s not that intense. The aroma is a tasteful rendition of the Quad style with an assertive level of vinous sweetness. Light hints of cloves are present with the ubiquitous raisins, bread, and dark spices. The palate is medium heavy hinting at the presence of 10.5% abv, but never really proclaiming it. This is a sweeter quad, but not overly so. Just appropriate suggestions of raisins and brown sugar are highlighted. Earth and semi-drying spiced tones leave a satisfying finish. Carbonation is quite low which allows the maltier, breadier aspects to shine nicely. All in all, this is a very well done Belgian styled ale, but it lacks those intricacies that the dedicated masters of the craft painstakingly evoke. I’d drink this again with a grin on my face.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours from the 750ml cork and caged bottle a rather hazy brownish red with a large creamy light tan head that fades away leaving a velum like coating of lace. Nose is rich in sweet malt, fruit aromas; I’d say cherries with a bit of raisins. Start is fruity sweet; the malt presence makes the top feel moderate, touch of alcohol bitterness at the back. Finish has a spiny acidity, alcohol warms the belly, and hops provide some spiciness, dry and long lasting aftertaste, quite a nice drinking beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Love the label. My fourth beer from this brewery. So far, only The Angel’s Share truly impressed me. This was a decent beerwith a hazy chestnut body and a weak halo of tan bubbles serving as a head. Malty in the nose with some fruit and spice. Medium to full bodied with a smooth feel in the mouth. The flavor was bittersweet with spice and fruit and an alcohol finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, reddish-brown body, with a samll tan head around the sides of the snifter. Great roasty-cocoa-filled aroma. Very inviting. Not a bad beer - full-flavored and well-rounded. Lots of fruit and coffee. The high alcohol is warming and pleasant - not astringent at all.
notalush (5217) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to footy for throwing this in as an extra - I’ve had this beer a few times, but have never gotten around to rating it, so now I finally get to! - pours a very dark purple, with a small ring of off-white lace - quite a doughy aroma, with a strong boozy character, black cherry and plum - the flavor is much more dry than expected, with a strong spicy quality, cocoa flavors, raisins far in the background - the beer is a bit thin all around, allowing the high alcohol content to make its presence known - a bit of treacle-ish sweetness crops up at the end - this is nothing like Mother of All Beers - flavorful, but unrefined - brutish, even.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
No head, a brown color. Smells kind of like raisins. Sweet and a little fruity, the alcohol presents itself just a bit too much. Still, pretty good.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a ring of beige lace. Solid, complex, aroma and flavor of malt, chocolate, cherries, licorice and spices, yummy! The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. This feels like a delicious liquid cake.
drfabulous (4511) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 Disappointed. Poured very flat. The raisin/fruit taste I looked for, therefore, was not forthcoming. I can taste the heavy-ness to it....but without much head, I don’t really get into this beer. This beer was less than I was hoping for.
Rerated with a 07 or 08. Wow. Fruit comes out more. Tart. Plumb. Cherry. Much better.