FlacoAlto (3676) - 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 doesn’t 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 don’t 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.
gyllenbock (3674) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget, March 2013.
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of fruit, raisin, malt and some cinnamon. The taste was quite complex with spices, malt, dark fruit, chocolate, yeast, soap and some warming alcohol. Quite creamy mouth feel and with a long aftertaste. A good beer.
Countbeer (3654) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Brown pour. Medium to bigger sized beige foamy head on top of a deep dark red colored beer.
Aromas of red fruit, strawberries and berries, yeast, chalk, leaves, wood, hint of peppery dust, cinnamon and meat, some malts, toast and liquorice (wood).
Flavours of spices like pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon, dry, bitter, malt toast, berries, some strawberries and a hint of cherries, barley malts, nuts, leaves, some autumnal herbs and hay toast.
Aftertaste is toasty, malty, peppery, woody and porridge.
Low to medium carbo, creamy and lightly blown spicy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
One part of me really likes this beer with the pepper and such but the other half misses some interesting/complex body. Good beer but not what I expected.
kermis (3649) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, chillies, malt, spice. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with too much carbonation. A little chilli burn in the finish.
Nisse666 (3541) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wee corked bottle cons 2013-03-20 Göteborg (from SB)
AR: chocolate on chocolate
AP: deep dark brown colored body, stouthy steady light brown head
F: fizzy, vinos, plum marmelade, filled chocolate pralinas, warming feeling, quite bitter, took away the desturbing carbonation but then the alcholic is getting to evident. Needs some more storage to calm down for sure!
dmac (3511) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
375ml cork and caged bottle shared by Dean. Poured a murky muddy brown with a brown small foamy head. Aroma of milk, peppers, bad stale green peppers, soap, old toast. The body was foamy with loads of carbonation, a quick fading aftertaste. Flavor is not much better than the aroma, notes of bad chocolate, old green peppers and bad bread. Not sure if I drank the same beer as all the other raters (I know I did it was a corked bottle) wish mine tasted/rated like everyone else’s.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - 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.
Cuso (3365) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bierkompass.de. Dark red brown color with huge creamy head. Aroma of plums, syrup, dark berries, cinnamon. Taste, sweet dark malt, ripe plums and berries, cinnamon, dark chocolate, molasses, alcohol. Sweet fruity finish. Tasty, little bit sweet for me, tough.
jaghana (3264) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Jan thanks a lot. A dark amber beer with huge creamy head. Nose is intense on red fruit, spices and smooth caramel. Aroma is on smooth and creamy caramel, with spice, over ripped quetches, vanilla and cherry touch, clove hints, light chilli notes but not excessive at all. Body is very sweet, intense red candied fruits, complex, prune, toffee. Finish is more on chilli and red vegetables but still some good round caramel and Belgian yeast there, light bubble gum. This beer is very nice and remind me the Pannepeut from De Struise with additional brandy touch. Very nice, what to expect more ?
ClubGonzo (3198) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a deep red slightly hazy body, large creamy beige head. Nose is caramel, Norwegian brown cheese, toffee, raisins, figs, hints of sherry and alcohol. Taste is dark fruits, figs, raisins, burnt sugar, caramel and hints of toast and almonds. Full body, high carbonation. Solid quad from The Abbey.