Ungstrup (34260) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown beer with a yellowish head. The aroma is sweet malty and very roasted, while the flavor is sweet malty and with an acidic note from the hard roasted malt.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks a ton for this one!). Poured a dark brown with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, almonds, some dark fruits and port. Vinous tasting with oak, almonds, dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. I really like this one. We opened it up the same night as the Great Lakes BA Blackout Stout and this one was overall better.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Monks Mistress Dark Strong Ale
clear dark amber, fine whispy tan head, oaky aroma, big woody flavor, nice bitter finish, the oak dominates the profile, otherwise the malt backbone does not add anything
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, very dark, ruby ale with a small, frothy, khaki head. The aroma is vineous, fruity and earthy. Notes of molasses, chocolate, seasoned oak, dried plum, soy and red wine. The flavor is a nicely balanced medley of dark chocolate and dark, dried fruits, deeply roasted malts, red wine, dry oak and light smoke. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Finishes smokey, rich and malty. World class effort. Thanks go out to DarkElf for the bottle!
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Any first impressions?
-A halo of head hovers atop the rubyish dark brown.
-Red meat, port wine in chocolate, and nutty delicacies infuse plenitude through their sweet luxury.
-Wine grapes and chocolate toffee devilishly seduce with their intricate decadence.
-The low carbonation could be activated a little more to make this even more entrancing, and more drinkable.
What if you dig deeper?
-Salted meats, as in prosciutto, skillfully protrude in the aroma soon enough.
-An alcoholic utterance warms up the caramel maltiness and fat grapes.
-These guys’ extraction could hardly be improved upon.
-A buxom, complex sipper for the sweet tooth whose quality and tooth-licking goodness a chocolate artisan would struggle to replicate.
Bottle; 2005 vintage.
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark plum and burgundy colored body. Nose is heavy oak, dry, scorching wood and smoke, with some sand and earthy bark scents floating out of the glass, really great nose on this beer. Flavor is rich and sweet caramel, sour amaretto, sugar, plums, lactic notes even... very strange but not bad. Even has some cheese funk in the finish, but also has some more undesireable spoiled fruit flavors.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins, courtesy of DarkElf, many thanks!: Pours a very dark mahogany with a frothy, nicely-lacing tan head. Very complex, enticing, sweet dark Belgian malty aroma has good oaky cabernet notes with a hint of dates and bready yeast. Body starts with a nice sweet dark toffee maltiness and some Belgian yeast before the full cabernet oaky and dark fruit finish. Very complex, incredibly balanced, sweet and semi-tart body. An amazing beer. I sure hope Midnight Sun brews this again!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sprinkle and shared with the middle-of-nowhere Ohio crew: Deep purple hue topped by a small ring of small bubbles and no lace. The aroma has notes of wood, bourbon, plum, starfruit, anise, cardamom, light bittersweet chocolate and a lactic sourness.
The initial taste is oaky and oxidized more towards a English Olde Ale than a Belgian. Followed closely with veins of chocolate and caramel malts and dash of candi sugar. Undertones of rich fruit (current and plum) dances about providing both acidity and sourness as well a bubblegum like sweetness. Nicely complex and develops more depth as it warmed. The mouth feel is ashy, tannic and oily.
A nice brew but I found myself wanting the regular non-barreled aged version after I was done. Too bad we did not have one to compare on the spot.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Filtered dark mahogany appearance where the head quickly becomes a memory despite the enormous carbonation we’d expect from a beer inspired by Maîtresse du Moine. The nose bursts out really complex with invigorating alcohol roundness that covers gently sherry/port oxidation that braises nuts and pear accents. The huge malt base shines its 1000 fires in the shape of cocoa, hazelnut, anise, maple, all easily picked out as singleton if you set your mind on it. Mostly balanced altogether despite its richness, but you’ve got to be able to tolerate some level of wooden oxidation to enjoy this overwhelming richness. Obviously very sweet in mouth, though once you swallow, you realise this was not nearly as overbearing as the nose would leave your anticipations, never cloying and with barely noticeable balancing leafy hops. Well fruited dark black berries, dates and nuts meet raisin bread in a malt showdown, no clear winner there, mostly just the everlasting apparitions of new contenders. Where it loses its points got to be in the mouthfeel department, which is a bit tired, almost lame in its lack of carbonation and rather dull, loose thin texture that fails to bring the flavours together on a proper vessel. Otherwise a remarkable malt art piece if you’re in the mood. Thank you Darkelf.
egajdzis (6071) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 Poured a dark plum color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla oak, raisins, caramel malts, chocolate, some nuts, tart cherries, and light alcohol as well. Taste of dried fruits, notably cherry skins, some more raisins, sweet caramel malt, and lots of vanilla oak. A nice vinuous character balances this brew out nicely.