Rando7 (736) - Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours very dark brown with a huge tan root beer float head. Aroma dark fruits and Belgian yeasts with cinnamon and chiles. Taste dark fruits with some roast, then the spices move in with chocolate, cinnamon, chiles and coriander. Finish slight bitterness. palate full with alcohol and chile burn.
Interesting beer but more of a novelty than something I’d want very often.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lost Abbey Mayan judgement day... Let me first start by saying that this bottle, the shape, the artwork, all are very attractive. Dark fruits on nose, Bibble gum, ripe purple grapes, pear and spice. No real head. Flavor has mill chocolate, sweet brown sugar, plum, subdued spice. Boozy, dark fruit finish. Ok, but a bit all over the place in which more ingredients contribute to messiness rather than depth. Prefer original.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours a deep brown-nearly black with a robust tan head. Nose is super spicy, yeast driven. Clove and pepper dominate. Some earthy chile notes and cinnamon. Tamarind is lost. On the palate, some cocoa and a faint chile heat. The yeast is just too much overall for this beer to work right, imo. Cinnamon pushes the dryness as well. Meh.
50belair (2240) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown pour with a tan head. Spice and roasted malt aromas. The taste pretty much follows suit with some pepper and cacao undercurrents.
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap pours with a dark mahogany body and is supporting a light colored mocha head of foam. The aroma is initially loads blueberry, boysenberry and ripe juicy dark colored grapes. Then it becomes more spicy with coriander and a dash of cinnamon and then a nice sense of chocolate. The taste is full and rich with coriander like spices and then a black pepper sense as sweetness starts to fill in around the edges with a sweet mix of prunes, figs and chocolate. Tasty stuff.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle shared by NobleSquirrel. Thanks, Brian! Pours a richer deep brownish plum hue. Darker, good haze, brownish rich body with just a touch of light on the edges. A frothy brownish head dies to a negligible layer, minimal lacing. Aromas are sweeter, Quad like with lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, kiss of cocoa and dry bakers chocolate. Gentle fruit, caramel and toffee mix with touches of gentle yeast. Peppery spice element doesn’t really take hold for me, kiss of spice and cinnamon. Initial is fuller bodied, cinnamon and brown sugar, touches of cocoa, caramel and toffee. Gentle plum, dried fruit and toffee. Middle is similar, a bit chewy. Gentle spice (but not heat, bakers spice), a bit sweet. This doesn’t really come together, the pepper barely makes an appearance for me. A bit sweet, sticky into the backend with some gentle cinnamon. Meh. I think the base is a lot better. This certainly isn’t a bad beer, but I was just expecting a lot more from the treatment itself.
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Alehouse.
Pour is a dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a flutter of roasted dark malts. Flavor is yeasty,spicy prune up front, then settles into a sweet dark caramelized sugars. Finish is a bit too clean, not much lingering flavor. Good, but not great.
Wittales (635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was hazy brown with creamy lasting tannish 1/2 head, no lacing. Aromas are sweet malts, spices , chilis, funky yeasty bready thing going on. Taste are funky yeasts, touches of sweet deep malts, raisin, plum, cinnamon, chili heat. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with full body, then fruity lasting warming alcoholic yeasty finish. Different brew...
wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small caged bottle. Huge slow fading pillowy head on slighty reddish brown beer. Very clear but lots of sediment in bottle. Interesting nose with chilis and tamarind noticeable...cloves and more spicy yeast notes as it warmed. Kind of flat flavors though..pretty average belgian brown. Bit of a letdown.
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle, courtesy of mcberko
Dark brown color, almost black, with medium sized creamy head.
Mild aroma I roasted malt and spices, some pepper. High carbonation, good flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate, lean in the beginning rounder later, with pleasant piquant spiciness.
It gets better given some time to settle an oxygenate. Very good.