sonnycheeba (4078) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours tawny brown with thin, fizzy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, raisins, figs, and earthy and floral hops. Flavor is bready malts, floral hops, and dark fruit esters with some light woody notes and faint caramel; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
bytemesis (4071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours deep reddish chestnut, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is yeast, dried dark fruit, malty, molasses. Flavor is very spiced, cinnamon, chili pepper, medium sweet, zesty bitter. Medium body, pretty hot. Too spiced for my tastes.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Martys, drunk 4/5/14
Very fragrant nose, pralines and toffee, quite lighthearted for such a big beer. Some light prunes add tartness and the caramel-vanilla cream sweetness actually sits in the background.
Dark, mahogany with ruby tints. The head is light tan and moderately well-retained.
Phew. Strong. Chiles are very lightly notable and sweet chocolate, tart prunes and almost a mint-like spiciness really shock the palate. Warmth on the end, though itís not overtly alcoholic. Toffee sweetness is chewy, but the ample, expansive carbonation obliterates any sense of syrupiness/thickness that may exist here. Still, you canít hold back such bold flavors, even with the disruptive carbonation, and it gets pretty fatiguing after just a few sips. Do love the chiles, though and the chocolate-cinnamon note is quite reserved and adds more complexity. Actually quite astringent on the finish. Like eating a dried red chili pepper soaked in tamarind and soy sauce. Ok, not really. I donít know. Seems pretty far-gone from the base Judgment Day. Belgian, strong or light are still subtle beers and chili, cinnamon and tamarind really donít work with them. Or so I think.
zvikar (3902) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Pours an hazy brown with a nice beige head, aroma of dark bread, chocolate, spices, Pumpkin, flavor of Pumpkin, sweet and bitter, medium to full bodied.
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Brian, pours dark brown with off white head. Aroma chipotle, brown sugar, chocolate. Flavors chocolate and raisins, cloves, phenolic yeast character. Spices get lost with a big yeast character.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excessively carbonated, a very careful pour into my New Belgium globe glass fills it up and I have to repeatedly blow, brown tinged foam into the sink. The beer is a concentrated, burnt amber color that shows a hazed, purple tinged, concentrated amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of earthy grain, concentrated fruit, dusty chocolate, spicy notes of clove and pepper, some cinnamon notes, as well as a nutty, toasted whole grain bread character that also has notes of brown sugar, deep caramel notes, raisins, prunes, and perhaps a touch of concord grapes. Chili aromas pick up as the beer warms up with a general spicy, sort of chile flesh like aroma subtly influencing the nose.
Spicy tasting up front, with more spice as the beer moves across the palate, the finish actually has a touch of chili heat to it (rather than the general spiciness that is found up front). There is a solid cinnamon presence to the flavor, but it actually doesnít overwhelm things here and is done at a good level. The beer is quite sweet, though not cloying, and this accentuates fruit notes of raisins, prunes, and some currant like notes; other flavors of caramelized malt, and perhaps a touch of brown sugar are also here. The finish has some clove flavors from the yeast, and this mixes nicely with the chili fruit and spice character. The body of this beer is actually fairly light, especially considering the strength; as the beer warms up and loses some of the initial, excessive carbonation it gets a touch more viscous and full in body. The chili character melds with some higher alcohol notes in the finish to give this some heat and spice character. There is a touch of chili, as in the flesh, sort of green, but not really, type flavor to this beer as well.
Interesting, and not half bad, I wonder if this would have been better with a bunch of chocolate thrown in? I donít get any real sense of the tamarind, which is typically a bit tart, but it likely adds to the general, earthy fruitiness that this beer has. Definitely an experience I am happy to have, but still a bit weird, and not something I would likely try again.
Vaiz (3729) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ABC Beers Jim=John tasting. Brown pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of bready yeast, spices, dark fruits, some alcohol and licorice. Flavor is warming alcohol, spicy, roasty, sweet Belgian dubbel with extra alcohol. Quite boring and a bit too much alcohol. Loads of carbonation.
PhillyCraft (3691) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle compliments of Brian, pours a deep purplw with medium off white head, nice lacing. Aromas and flavor of raisin, bourbon, ginger bread, peppermint, light chili, sweet malt, cinnamon bobka, dark fruit and bready yeast. Medium body for a quadruple.Well rounded quad with a kick.
Arve_Christian (3565) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Brown color, some foam. Aromas of malt, dried fruits, raisins: high aroma intensity. Medium/ full body & high complexity. Some sweetness, but very well balanced. Very enjoyable
DedicatedToFun (3557) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belgian strong pushing the edge of being a strong stout, great lacing and color, aroma is great and after taste is pleasing. On tap at brewery.