BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: Pours to a totally opaque dark brown that when held to the light allows little light through except towards the very top, showing just a bit of a lighter nut brown color. A small to medium sized tan colored head forms atop the beer, one that slowly fades to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. The nose has an intense, sweet malt flavor, showing hints of dark raisins, sweet caramel & toffee malt, along with a darker molasses scent, though without any acidic scent associated with molasses. Sticking my nose deeply in the glass allows me to experience some aromas of fig, smoked fig, light vanilla bean or mild oak wood, and some hints of herbs. Taste is alcohol at first, followed by dark malt syrup, caramelized sugars, roasted dried raisin, hints of bitter hops in the background that are largely overcome by the sticky-sweet notes of bark, chocolate (though without the sweetness), with bits of a caramel/grain malt flavor showing through. Medium-full bodied, feeling very heavy in the mouth, medium carbonated, though showing very smooth & mild bottle-conditioned carbonation. Finishes with some charcoal, bitter roasted malts, sweet caramel/chocolate malts, and a bit of burned wood later on the palate.
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
almost maroon colored, swet dried fruit bourbon nose, some maple syrup. not much carbonation at all . the malts are nice and dark lotsa sweet molassis raisen flavour has a slight wooden aftertaste would be realy good with age i think. had at beer bistro
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great flavor potential, but Iíll have to rerate this one. My bottle had no carbonation.
joergen (22632) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Bottle.
Hazy orange brown coloured with an off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits with hoppy notes.
Sweet flavour of dried fruits, liquorice, caramel and hops.
Spicy and warmning alcoholic finish.
eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown color, nice off-white head, weak retention, lacing only mediocre. Aroma was dark fruits, candied sugar, yeast, light floral notes, only light spicing. The flavor was plums, cherries, other dark type fruits and maybe raisins, yeast bitterness, light coriander spicing (probalby some others), some floral notes. The mouthfeel was moderate to full for the style.
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Bottle (handbottled i a Jack Russel Captain Boomer IPA Bottle) at RF07 - At the Plan B Tasting Session...... Thanks Guys !! Dark brown - offwhite head. Chokolate, yeasty, berries, raisins, fruity, sweetness, medium hoppy, caramel. First I thought it should be an IPA, but now I know itís not, I understand because it is a lot more Belgian...!! -------- Just had this again. Bottle at Suneís (Thanks). Candy, wood, ryebread, dark bread, chocolate, brown sugar - I love it !!!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from miketd. Aroma: Rich maltiness with a light bready note. Raisins and grapes, caramel, light spice, and a dark earthy note. Alcohol comes forward as it warms. Appearance: Dark brown in color with some reddish highlights. Very small head. No lacing. Undercarbonated. Flavor: Rich maltiness with notes of bread, chocolate, toasted nuts. Dark fruits come through strong. A touch of anise. Medium-light bitterness and a sweet-syrupy finish (mostly due to lack of carbonation). Palate: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Despite the score, this was a good beer. The lack of carbonation just prevented me from liking it more. Pity.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A dark redish beer with a beige head. The aroma is light roasted malt and lots of fruitiness, the taste is the same but sweet and light alcoholic. Medium body with a sweet light alcoholic finish.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with some red highlights when held to a light. Small biscuit colored head that quickly faded to a thin film. Lovely aroma of dark raisins, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is just as nice with plenty of raisins, caramel, and just a hint of brown sugar. A bit sweet but not excessive. Some hops at the finish add a touch of bitterness that lingers lightly on the palate after the swallow. Almost velvety mouthfeel. The alcohol was very well hidden with virtually no alcohol burn. Very good stuff.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Gputty. 750 ml Bottle. Pours reddish copper in color with brown head which does not last long. Aroma and taste of raisins and roasted malt with a semi-dry finish.