asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours red brown with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of dark fruits, raisins, figs, candied fruits, and brown sugar. The beer hides the alcohol content pretty easily. A very nice beer to have as a night cap.
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 22, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750 ml. brown, Belgian style bottle. Corked & caged. No freshness date. Maybe not the freshest sample because it has very little carbonation to it, and it tastes kind of weird. Aromas are of cardboard, some dried fruits, funky Brett, burnt cookies. Flavors are metallic mostly. Has a nasty aftertaste.
alexanderj (3487) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Poured a nice reddish brown; Small off white/tan head. Aroma was good; with hints of dark fruit, brown sugar, bubblegum, yeast. Flavor had very strong chocolate component; also hints of caramel, dark fruits, and candy sugar. I enjoyed this, and it got better throughout the tasting.
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown hue, with a thick tan-colored head, yeasty, fruity nose of candied dried fruits of figs, raisins, with a spicy nutmeg, brown sugar note, a cookie dough, with a chocolatey, toasted, caramelized malts, with a faint mochaish hint in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, chocolatey character, with some raisiny, figgy and plummy, winey fruitiness, with a grainy toasted malt, some mild toffeeish and caramel accents, with a sip of black coffee, within a brandy liquor mouthfeel, leading towards a warmth alcoholic, malty, dry hop finish.
JK (5571) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good beer that I probably don’t appreciate enough because Pannepot Reserva preceded it. There is sweet malt in the aroma. Opaque brown appearance. Flavor has some fruit, including prunes and apple, as well as sweet malt. A thick beer, and very good in or out of its style.
Boutip (5588) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and candi sugar is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with candi sugar and some notes of dry figs and raisins are also noticeable. Body is quite full with some good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I thought this was well done overall but lacked some complexities to take it to a greater level.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle, thanks badgerben] Poured brown with a small light tan head. Aroma was sweet and yeasty with raisins coming through. Taste was also sweet, with brown sugar and raisins being most noticeable.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to badgerben for sharing. Nicely balanced malt and hops on the nose with plenty of raisin, fig, and other dark fruit characteristics. Similar body with the alcohol burning through.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddened oak shade of brown. Aroma of raisins burned in a brown sugar reduction. A bit of port character, molasses and oatmeal cookies. Iron is unmistakable at first. Plums, cacao, and raspberries. Dense and approachable with its sugar-rolled doughy sweetness. Finishes on a dry rub of anise seed and ground cloves. Palate is fairly light and lively given the general construct. Plenty of possibilities here with scattered conclusions. One of those that never evolves into the full sum of its parts. Thanks Larry!
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A brewery that fails to make a less than great brew. Reddish brown with a heavy whitish head. Raisins, sugar, malt, yeast, and figs are the aroma. Similar is the taste but with emphasis on the yeast. The finish left lingering flavors.