SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with minimal head. Nose has a bit of funk to it, kind of a cork scent. Taste is lots of dark dried fruit, prunes, dates, plums, not bad at all. Pretty decent actually.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark amber with quite a bit of off white head. Smells of lots of sweet malts and nuts. Taste is lots of sweet malts again with dark fruit and alcohol. Somewhat fruity and sweet, nice amount of sticky malts. Seemed more like a Dopplbock to me.
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock. Dark brown with a nice tan head, good lacing. Malty notes in the armoa, and a slightly sweet, malty flavor with a nice, dry finish.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of grape and plum. Deep ruby color with a huge fluffy beige head. Flavor has green apple, grape, plum, lightly tart and peppery with a dry finish. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
NIce thick redish brown body with a large tan head. Aroma is of raisins and molasses. Tastes much like an English ESB with more complex underlying flavors. It is noticeably sweet, but the sweetness balances the bitterness pretty well. The roasted malt comes through strong and there is a sour yeasty bite at the end. A good beer, but there are much better Belgians out there.
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head was creamy and tan, with a dark amber body tasted caramel and dark fruits. Had a great ale flavor that finished strong.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml). At Pub Italia, Ottawa. Poured mostly clear bubbly dark copper with a huge off-white rocky-creamy lasting head and lacing. Aroma very mild - spices, sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, raisins, a touch of metal. Flavour sweet - apples, raisins, lemons, light roast malt, noticealbe alcohol, quite bitter on the finish. Astringent and a bit alcohol-harsh on the finish - fruitiness comes out on warming. Overall not bad, but there are much better dubbels out there. - it does improve and open up on warming, don’t serve too cold.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Brown with small cafe crema head. Caramelly, chocolate, raisin, spicy aroma, bit of yeast. Warming in the mouth with a softish finish. Very pleasant.
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Simply gorgeous appearance: mostly head to start... creamy & rocky, fizzing down to peaks over a plum/burgundy/caramel body. Intricate lace left behind. Deep, dark-fruit aromas, mostly prune & molasses with port wine. Flavor was difficult to interpret. Crazy to start... complex. Vinous caramel with minerals and a sweet & earthy ending. Palate was sour-dry with light astringence from alcohol that remained very hidden until late in the tasting. Will gladly have again.
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21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very dark purple brown color with a big white head. Raisons and molasses and brown sugar in the aroma. Chalk, rubber and dark fruit in the body, not to bad, but nothing special.