robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown with a very small khaki head that goes away quickly, and no lacing.
smell is of some cocoa, chili, spice, and a touch of coffee.
taste is of chili, some cocoa, a little coffee, and some roasted malt.
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, large tannish head. Sweet dark malts, chocolate, spice, cinnamon, raisin, boozy, and sharp carbonation. Unfortunately the sharpness is pretty strong. Nice flavor, but overall I didnít enjoy it too much.
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, opaque brown with two fingers of pillowy light brown head. Decent retention, especially for such a high ABV, with a little lacing. Aroma is alcohol, dark malt, slightly roasted, hint of soap. Flavor is caramel, toffee up front, fading into slightly cocoa and chile tones. Hints of alcohol and soy sauce in finish. Overall, pretty palatable despite all the alcohol, which is mostly detectable in sensation rather than flavor. Soft carbonation, medium body, and a significantly warm finish. An intense, strong beer. It was interesting, glad I got to try it.
GT2 (8427) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL from Bine&Vine. Murky, muddy, deep brune pour. Towering dark tan head. Big bubbles, okay retention. Nose is pretty nice milk chocolate, hot cocoa, muted nutmeg/allspice, sweet/spicy tamarind (this time tamarind is actually in the beer...a first?). Very nice. Taste is dense, yeasty, filling with spices, alcohol, more alcohol...almost flavored vodka like booziness...made me shake with near gag reflex after notes of vodka surfaced. I took way too big of a swig..this is a sipper. Ok, now it is tolerable with dark rum, semisweet chocolate, spiked egg nog. Palate is dense, powdery, some silkiness. Overall a bit yeasty/muddy with some spicy chocolate dessert flavors that work better than just the dark cherry character of normal Judgment Day. I enjoyed it. Let it warm and the Abbey Quadrupel notes come into play- chocolate, yeast, sweet alcohol warming. On style even with all the adjuncts.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, bottle opened with a loud pop, lots of carbonation. Dark reddish black pour with nice fluffy and large tan head, aroma brought notes of vanilla, dark fruits, plums, chilis, hints of cinnamon, ginger, touch of raisin, slight earthy notes. Taste is a nice mix of sweet vanilla, caramel, bready, like bread pudding almost with a creamy note, nice cinnamon, slight chili, ginger, hints of earth, grain, finishing fairly sweet, but dries out, carbonated well, finishing with some more dark fruits and sweet raisin. This is well done and very well balanced.
mikedR (1209) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As someone who normally doesn't go for Belgian strongs, let me be the first (?) to say that this is an impressive one. All the strong Belgian notes are spot on: slightly malty backbone, well masked ABV, high carbonation, etc. The twist of the spices that the brewer added makes it interestingly impressive. While the spices are present throughout, I especially like how the spiciness lingers for a while afterwards.
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ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap it is extremely dark in the glass with a medium head. The aroma has raisins, chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Taste has roasted malts with some sweetness maybe some molasses. There is also a touch of cinnamon. There is an alcohol punch in the end like some rum. Great finish.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle. Poured deep dark brown with a thick fizzy brown head. Big pruney nose. Initial taste of dark fruit, prunes and raisins. Very much like rootbeer in the middle. Cinnamon on the back of the tongue with a boozy finish. Really interesting! Worth picking up another for the cellar to see how it will taste on 12/21/2013.
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bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle, opens with a solid pop and pours with tight even carbonation layer that lasts. Sweet dark dried fruit and cola, donít smell any chilies, but there is some cinnamon, cardamom, clove. Great tight creamy carbonation mouth feel. Cola, dark fruit, raisins, spices come in mid palate finishes with a slight yet lingering chili spice/warmth.
ACHops (687) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Chuckís 85th. Pours thin dark brownish black with oily lacey head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and a hint of spice. Taste is big roasty malts, strong black licorice and anise flavors, followed by nice chile heat on the finish. Lingering hop bitterness. Donít think Iíve had the regular judgment day, but this is nice!