hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Sits black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is vinous and fruity... cocoa, cola and dried plum. Full-bodied and oily with moderate carbonation. Lots of residual sweetness tempered by burnt malts, sparse hops and slight alcohol bitterness. Bittersweet (more sweet than bitter), red wine and cocoa finish. Dries out a bit in the wee end. Very complex. Difficult to rate, so I’ll just go with “very enjoyable!”
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split bottle with maniac. Pours a very dark brown, decent head, attractive. Aroma was of sweet caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of roast. Flavor is caramel and slight roasted malt with a strong backdrop of rum-soaked fruits. Enjoyable beer, wonder if there was something odd thrown in here like in a lot of their other beers.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark murky brown body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy light brown head that lingers. Sweet caramel and roasted malt aroma. Sweet roasted malt, rum-soaked fruit, caramel, molassas and light coffee in the flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
SSSteve (3719) - - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
opaque, muddy, murky brown beer with a large creamy brown head. aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel. the flavor is sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruits and berries. bittersweet coffee finish. creamy texture with low carbonation. fairly dry finish.
JorisPPattyn (7771) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow-brown head, black beer. Extremely liqueurish beer, vinous, liquorice. Alcohol, fusels; sweet like a sweet brandy-based liqueur. Dark fruit (prunes), dried and flambéed. Absolutely fiery MF. Alcoholwarming². Superb, but difficult beer; maybe a tad too sweet, but all the same impressive. I got a slightly different, experimental version, characterized by the smaller bottle with white plastic cap.
daniele (5172) - ITALY - AUG 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
scura non molta schiuma poco persistente profumi di tostato in bocca decisamente tostata amara alcolica