awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy brown color with a thin layer of fizzy, off-white foam. Big raisin aroma with suggestions of leather and chocolate ice cream. Soft, but noticeable alcohol with a mild perfume-like quality. Hints of toast and some melanoidin malt richness. Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation, but the attenuation is such to provide a good balance for this beer. Not as dry or carbonated as the Belgian quads, but still maintains a satisfying level of drinkability and richness of flavor. Initial malt flavors of toast, fig and raisin, accompanied by light chocolate and a moderate alcohol presence that helps balance the sweetness. Hints of rum and the distinctive dark Belgian candi sugar sweetness, but the sweetness perception is mainly up front as it finishes relatively dry and clean. Toasted malt lingers in the finish, along with some mild pepper and floral alcohol perfumes. Big on flavor and devoid of the lingering sugar sweetness that plagues so many examples of this style. The "full bodied" commercial description had me a bit worried at first, but this beer ended up exceeding my expectations.
bytemesis (6297) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to TheAlum. Pours hazy reddish mahogany, small beige head, dissipates with decent lacing. Aroma is dried fruits, malts and a weird kind of rotten fruit aroma. Flavor is prunes, dried fruits, malts, hints of toffee, sherry, hints of belgian yeasts. Medium body, a bit watery in feel. Not bad, but the rotten fruit thing is offputting.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany with hints of ruby. Diminishing off-white head, that leaves just a small island and a ring around the glass. Fairly light aromas, with some herbal hops and fruity malt. A nice scent, just a bit subdued. Light, yet rich in feel. A very soft, yet tight carbonation. Light sweet start, with caramel, darker berries, and toasted malt. Not an overpowering mix of flavors, just a nice blend. It’ll be interesting to see how this one lays down. It’s already balanced and mellow. 4/10
Homer321 (3959) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is dried fruit, stone fruit, munich malt, dustiness. Slight bit of alcohol noted as well. Pour is murky brown with a small off white head. Taste is pruney and fruit roll up, with an alcohol warming in the chest. Slight oxidation in a mix of paper and sherry, but doesn’t affect the mouthfeel that greatly. Pretty solid, but probably would have been more enjoyed fresher.
BiiruBierBeer (929) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is old cardboard and caramel malt. Taste is pretty much the same with some malty doppelbock notes in there. Low to medium sharp carbonation.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Deep reddish brown color with little head. Nose is spicy and yeasty. Dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar and clove all make an appearance. Toffee, darker fruits, rum, clove, sweet breads and hints of alcohol in the state. Decent palate. Taste is a little muddled at times, but it’s still a good beer. Tasting notes from 2012.
baraciisch (2775) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in color... Aroma of rich malts, plums, sweet dark fruits... Flavor is caramel malts, brown Belgian candi sugar, sweet malts... Light yeasty finish... Nice
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Staffan47 (904) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mörkbrun och klar. Inget skum. Doft av godis, kola. ganska komplex doftbild som för tillfället känns ogreppbar. Mer åt barleywine-typ. Ganska hög kolsyra. Åldrats med värdighet. Kola dominerar smakbilden.
valpoaj (710) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, translucent garnet with a film of a tan head. Aroma is surprisingly faint - candied sugar, caramel, vanilla, but this didn’t open up much, even upon warming. Flavor is pretty good, sugary malts, raisin, plum, caramel, hint of booze. Palate is smooth and easy drinking. Given my high standards for NG, this one fell a bit short, though it was still a good drink that I look forward to having again.
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to adnielsen ! Pours a deep mahogany color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is filled with belgian candi sugar, flat cola and a trace of herbal earthiness. The palate follows with lots of dark earthy character that balances nicely of the background gingerbread, burnt sugar and cola. Traces of anise, wet wood, vanilla and charcoal linger. Complex and tasty !
drsordr (2182) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Few year old bottle, pours very dark brown with ruby hue. Nose candy sugar, molasses, raisin, slight booze. Taste sweet up front, Belgian candy sugar, some raisin and faint spice. Decent mouthfeel for old bottle.