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!
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 (6583) - 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 (3000) - 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!