bhensonb (13860) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Davis, CA. Pours nearly opaque amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit with some Belgian spice/fruit ester. Or so it seems. Full bodied. There’s noticeable heat. Flavor is dark fruit, light pitted fruit, caramel/treacle. It’s not sticky, but certainly not dry. Extremely warming. I am finally getting something cherry in the finish. And an astringent tea aspect. There is a lot going on here, and the flavor is fairly pleasant. This may be an example of complexity taken too far. Tasty tho.
ads135 (4060) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just about every flavor you can imagine seems to be in this beer from dark fruits, to chocolate, to coffee, to caramel. Better than you’d expect considering the confusion.
drsordr (2244) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour amber color. Nose Belgian candy, sweet fruit, banana, esters. Taste sweet Belgian candy, malt, then bitter finish. Interesting mix in mouthfeel, slight syrupy, but fizzy at same time.
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Murky amber with big, creamy, tan head, good legs / Somewhat peculiar, hot nose of paint thinner (alcohol), candied fruit bread, oak?, toffee / Medium to full body, moderately sweet & syrupy, some chewiness, good hop balance and bitterness on the finish / Complex flavors of nut, caramel, fig, date, black cherry, orange peel, chocolate / A quad, a barleywine . . . ., it’s good.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy tea brown with an offwhite cap.
Aroma: Bubble gum and banana creme.
Taste: More bubble gum. Light clove, sweet ripe fruit. The alcohol level is in line with the style.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied lively carbonation.
Overall: This is another case of New Belgium putting all of these words on their product that invoke strong emotions and things to entice the senses, and then the beer itself not meeting those exceptions. By no means is the beer bad, or not tasty, it’s just they are being too conservative or over promising and under delivering.
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Sampled at an ESBLS tasting at Strykzone’s house in Wood River, IL. In my tasting glass this was a hazy dark amber with a robust white head. Nose of ripe fruit, mostly cherry. Medium plus in body and somewhat alcoholic mouthfeel. Flavor is tart and shows fruit. Finishes tart. Almost as sour beer and right in my wheelhouse. Very nice and now I need a whole bottle of this so I can see if I can find all those aromas in the bottle advertising. A tasting glass is not enough for that.
zoucrew102 (1289) - - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewers republic. Aroma is fruity with hints of tobacco and cherry. Pours very dark amber and very cloudy with a thin white head. Taste is tart from the cherry with hints of tobacco. Finishes smooth with a hint of coffee.
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akoeninger (654) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours burnt orange, hazy and cloudy. Heavy aroma of dark fruit, rum and smoke. Taste is complex, sweet and rum like. Maybe some coffee, but it is hard to tell very boozy. Light body. I feel like thus could have been really interesting but the booze gets in the way or at least the date and coffee cherries are amplifing it more than balancing.
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Dark Guardian. Clear amber pour with an off white head. Caramel malt and subtle cherry aromas. All kinds of malt, dark fruits, coffee, and whispers of cherries. A somewhat dry finish with a decent mouthfeel.
shrubber85 (10374) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cherry, date, tobacco, and brown sugar aroma. Orange brown with moderate head. Sweet date, tea, and caramel malt flavor. Moderately bitter herbal finish with tobacco notes. Pretty good - definitely unique.