brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a dark brown, bordering on black with a thin layer of tan foam on top.
S: Thereís so much going on in the nose, it was hard to pick out everything. Thereís of course a lot of dark fruits (most notably, prunes) and some nice chocolate aromas as well. The beer is slightly oxidized, but not surprising at 2+ years old. Thereís also some alcohol and perhaps even paint (very odd).
T: The sweet dark fruits are the main component of the flavor. Prunes, raisins, and cherries are what I notice, along with a hint of chocolate. There is also a definite sugary sweetness that you arenít surprised to find in Belgians.
M: A fairly full bodied beer with a fairly low level of carbonation which works well here.
D: A touch sweet for me, but so complex that I kept coming back for more. A nice beer and one of the better offerings Iíve had from Mikkeller.
Sammy (7733) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jasonís bottle, aged what 3 years or so? Black, with little head. An anoying sourness with chocolate and roasted barley. Aroma is big chocolate. Average mouthfeel overall. A sipper.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid dark brown, with a pretty milk chocolate colored tan foam. Cookie spice aroma with some roastiness, berries, fruity, dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolates, dark fruitiness like high % cacao dark chocolate, plums, berries, then a light spiciness, roasty. A really nice beer.
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL Bottle -- Pours black with a tan head. coffee, dark chocolate, and a good amount of spice are the first flavors to hit me. Dark fruits like plum and dates are there in the background. Thick and oily but silky on the palate.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pulled from the cellar. When I cracked the cork on the bottle, there wasnít any re-assuring snap/crackle/pop. I poured slowly but there wasnít any head. A bit more vertical and got a bit of head. Aroma is roasted malt and sugar. Taste is a bit hard to pinpoint. Definitely a Belgian ale. Caramel and malty with some nutmeg and clove undertones. Really light for the alcohol.
Blom (809) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the cellar. Dark brown with a dense greyish-brown head. Potent malty aroma, full of spices, caramel, syrup and chocolate. Creamy, almost oily texture. Very pleasant sweet palate. This is christmas in a bottle.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Poured a highly-viscous, murky deep brown with very little carbonation evident. The aroma picked up a base of molasses, dark chocolate, and black patent maltage surrounded by spicy, fruity, Belgian-inspired yeast and darker spices.. a bit of soy impression on the back.. a touch brash at first, but it came together when given a chance to breathe. The flavor found soy and licorice at the core with dried cocoa and sticky black patent sweetness around.. warm spices and tart fruity character around.. a touch of oxidation hit on the back. Medium-plus bodied with very low carbonation.. tart and spicy notes accented decently, but it wasnít all that enjoyable.
timfoolery (1070) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Beer Stein in Eugene. This aged brew poured an oily pitch black with limited carbonation and head. The nose was filled with sweet chocolate and cherry notes, while the flavor was defintely dark fruit and chocolate candy. This was a sweet one for sure, but I had much of the bottle with chocolate torte which paired perfectly. Outstanding beer!
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a quickly disappearing tan head. Boozy aroma, full of citrusy fruits and sweet chocolate, with a roasted nuttiness. Silky smooth body reveals a very sweet, malty beer. Hints of chocolate and coffee with a hint of sourness in the sticky sweet finish. Good, but not outstanding.
nearbeer (3288) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. Opaque, dark chocolate with a small disc of lasting bubbles. Nose is cherry, prune, chocolate, light coffee. Front taste is tart raspberry, merlot and chocolate. Dark fruit, brown sugar and hints of orange follow. Long finish of toasted oak, char, black pepper, cinnamon, and cafe mocha dries things up nicely. Heavy body is smoothly carbonated, has a nice acidic tingle, and is amazingly well-balanced between sweet and dry. Well-hidden 11% abv.