Alphadelic (1880) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A little muggy looking, like a home brew. Cough syrup nose with a little stale malt. So strong and harsh with sticky, syrupy sweetness. Some bitterness to it as well. Damn that % is apparent. I’d say stead clear overall.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cascaraquad - nutty, lager, sour notes. Malty sweet with a lager like finish. Mild sour feel to it. Low bitters and no hop feel. Red amber with a sticky head. Sits like rot gut in the belly.
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Surprised that they bottled this one. Terrible in every sense of the word. Crimson/garnet/ruby-red pour with a moderate eggshell head. Cherry skin, grape juice, caramel, honey-baked bread, and bitter coffee. Does that sound good? It tastes terrible...avoid!
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle - pours cloudy orange-brown-red with bubbly white head, medium volume. Big fragrant nose of plum, dates, vanilla, cherry and malt. Taste is vanilla sweet, dark fruits, grain and cookie notes. Medium body, sticky finish, bit of cocoa at the end. Finishes abrupt on the palate, not as fully integrated as it could be.
sthlm (1242) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
[Bottle] Pours deep red with a small, off-white head. Aroma is cheap cherry popsicle and alcohol. Taste is not very pleasant upon first sip, particularly since it strongly reminds me of cough syrup. Hopefully that will change with warming. ... After significant warming, the beer has still not improved at all. There is still that weird artificial cherry cough syrup with the alcohol not well hidden. The only time I don’t get cherry cough syrup is in the finish, where there is a strange aspect I can’t quite peg. Decent mouthfeel, and finish length is average. Overall, this is pretty dreadful. Not quite a drainpour, but close.
snoworsummer (3032) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at New Belgium Hub. Very complex flavor. Sweet, rich, roasted flavor. Full bodied. Smells like dates and figs.
sonnycheeba (4130) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours murky brown with average, creamy off-white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is figs, raisins, plums, woody notes, caramel, leather, dough, hops, and light spice. Flavor is heavy dough malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral and grassy hops adding a touch of bitterness, dry wood, and faint yeast; dry, bready finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Danyel (1332) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Smells chocolatey. Tastes chocolatey, thick, hint of cherries on finish, coffee finish, high carbonation. Heavy, full beer. Good!
JohnGalt1 (733) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian on the way home from work for $6 ... Poured into my HotD goblet... the light tan head dies back pretty quickly leaving fantastic lacing... the brew is clear chestnut brown.
Nose is not very "Belgian" ... A lot of something that I associate with vanilla... Light coffee... sorta plummy element... smells more sweet than malt prevalent..
Flavor has some minor Belgian qualities... a sorta peppery and lesser background clovey spiciness... with warmth a minor cigar wrapper emerges... so does plenty of alcohol... really too sugary sweet and not enough malt profile..
Carbonation and body are about right for the style...
All and all... Not bad... just not great.
RobertDale (4099) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, yeast, cherries, spice, and alcohol. Didn’t taste any coffee. Not sure about the dates either. Interesting.