onceblind (5692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--Slightly hazy copper with a thin white head. Aroma of dark Belgian grains bringing a dusty toffee essence, but also this odd earthy berry note from I assume the cascara. Earthy flavor with Belgian toffee malt, raisins, earthy berries, and an English old-ale style finish of dusty honey.
crossovert (9503) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Maybe decent aroma but this beer is just booze. I had a boozy Revolution 3rd year rum aged barleywine that was stronger in alcohol than this and this one blew it away with booze.
sjohnny (422) - - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of cherries, yeast, malt. Pours a cloudy dark orange amber with thick off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. Tart and sweet with a slight bitter finish. Fruit (could be figs definitely cherries). A slightly boozy candy sweetness. Very nice beer.
drjay44 (2995) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting ivory head, with Belgian style lacing, over a slightly hazy, reddish amber (SRM 13) body....nose is a melange of aromas, including cherry brandy, plum.....taste is sweet throughout, with cherry, plum, candy tones dominating, finishing with a sweet but lingering spice type bitter finish.....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, lingering alcohol burn (almost fusel) present, carbonation adds light foam. This is a very complex, but very disjointed beer. The many adjuncts are distorting the malt and yeast attempts to get to an Abt/Quad, and the malt backbone could use some help. BJCP 8/3/10/3/6
bb (7642) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a dark cream head. Yeast and dried fruit aroma. Malt and cherry flavor with dried fruit, yeast, and light coffee. Medium bodied. Cherry and malt linger with yeast and dried fruit.
Doofgoblin (440) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A strong boozy brew. Some of the spice aroma you’d expect from a Belgian, but the date and other fruit notes seemed a little out of place. At 10%, it brings the expected amount of alcohol notes, but I just can’t help but thing that there is something slightly unbalanced. Overall, not a bad buy or brew just not a home run either...
JPDurden24 (1661) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle. Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is figs, raisins, plums, taste is candied sugar and plenty of the dark fruits. Much better as it warms, but still just ok.
oRos (1381) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ronher. Pours amber copper. With white head. Taste is sweet and syrup with a slight coffee taste
dnstone (2365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber-copper color with soft white head. A medicinal boozy, cherry-like aroma. Cherriers, booze, some bready-roast character; round and sweet ...perhaps a touch too much alcohol in the flavor but a fantastic beer regardless.
GothGargoyle (1700) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby with a small pale head. Aroma is sour cherries, dates, honey, marshmallow, hint of earthy barnyard. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, more sweet than sour on the palate, hint of booze on the finish. Taste is cherries, bittersweet chocolate, dates, Black Forest cake. Nice