StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 750 ml bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color, with a one finger khaki head. The head is sudsy and hangs around a fair while leaving some lacing. Aroma is moderate in strength with black licorice, caramel, and roasted grains. Taste was complex and superb with flavors of espresso, barley, raisins, apricots, black licorice and walnuts. Hops are well integrated. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. Finish is long with a sweet black licorice lingering. Overall this is still a very well crafted beer, I will buy again. Recommended
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from trade with John C. Thanks John! Pours a rich mahogany color with a medium size off white head. Aroma of bread dough, malt, brown sugar and over ripe fruit. Taste is yeasty and chewy. Flavor of raisns, plums and hops with a slight sweet malt undertone. Has a bit of odd flavor in the finish.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with a very small, quarter inch head into the trappist glass. There was barely any lacing. There was scents of raisins, malt, barley and faint alcohol. A very warming feel rushed to the palate on the first sip. Flavors of dried fruit, figs, raisins, malt and roasted nuts were present. There was a sweet play on the palate up front with a dry finish. A very good quad.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle thanks to Mullman. Clear cola colored with a small beige head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, brown sugar and chocolate malt. Flavor starts off mildly sweet, with some dried fruits, brown sugar and black bread, before turning much drier on the finish.
blankboy (6433) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of fordest. Pours a very deep hazy red with an average size diminishing off-white head. Aroma’s quite sweet with some slightly roasted caramel malt, sugar, spices and dark fruit -- very nice. Flavour’s also sweet with caramel malt, dark fruit, yeast, alcohol and spices. Some booze in the bitter, slightly astringent finish. Medium to full bodied. Very enjoyable, an excellent beer!
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a brown color with small head. Aroma was dark fruits, raisins yeast and some floral hops. Flavor was much the same with plums and cherries coming out. Was a good beer just nothing amazing.
Gorbalev (2995) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, GregClow, Mds, and Hogtown Harry, courtesy of blankboy. Hazy reddish brown, small head. Slightly smoky, strong dark fruit, sweet aroma - very nice. Good taste - sweet and spicy. Decent carbonation. Some spiciness mid to end. Complex and solid.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Translucent cherry cola in color with pinpoint bubbles hugging the glass and popping on top. Aromatic assurances abound from prunes and black fruited figs, graced by brown sugar. Broiled dates and chocolate soot on slabs of black currant further caress the olfactory. A rig of caramelized and slightly burnt rhubarb sings scentimatically as well. Flavor comes in as ripe for the picking. Black cherries meet a burnt raspberry chocolate underbelly while figs and dates droll up more dark fruited wonderment. Ash crusted pecans create a burnt, woodsy backdrop and the currant and dried concord jam on cocoa rye balances the aggression of the ale. Raw, piney bitterness is kept in check by the singed chocolate bricks. Fuller bodied and bountiful at every angle. It builds momentum through the night. Burnt caramel and blackened - yet caramelized - prune-laden and cocoa-nip accentuated - figgy pudding lays into the finish. Many thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
GregClow (2951) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, mds and tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Reddish-amber colour with a wispy head. Aroma is quite sweet and spicy, with notes of roast malt and coffee. Mouthfeel is soft, very nice. Flavour is sweet off the top, with dark fruit and sugar notes, and a dry yeastiness towards the finish.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think that I would have enjoyed this one a bit better if the alcohol wasn’t so damned prominant. I really reminded me of drinking some kind of fortified wine at times. An aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, cherries, and plums. Appearance was a rusty brown, cloudy with no head. Mouthfeel was hot with alcohol. Flavor was an interesting contrast between sweet, dark fruits, candi sugar, some spicyness, and the high alcohol content that’s not hidden in the least. A good beer but one that I think will be even better in a few more years."