mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. average, tan, fizzy (fully dissapating). dark red body. dark fruit, brown sugar, and malts are all present.
slight metalic flavor. sweet, sweet, sweet. fizzy carbonation. strong alcohol presence. thick mouthfeel; somewhat creamy.
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Murky brown with light tan fluffy head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, and spices. Bright palate. Taste of raisin bread and spice with a slightly alcoholic finish and a lingering caramel apple taste.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with light minimal head. Tastes like a barleywine IMO. Good balance and I found the 750 ml bottle on sale for 6.99 at at whole foods! What a deal heading back for a couple more to cellar
DarkMagus (488) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Dark reddish-brown color, minimal head with almost no remaining bubbles. Overall mild aroma of dried dark fruits, malts, sugar. Flavors were of roasted malts, dark brown sugar, caramel, cola, alcohol, and finishes with some bitterness. Not very balanced, a bit of a strange mixture of flavors. Palate was overall pretty thin, but did have some syrupy stickiness. Not that bad, but better beers of this style can easily be acquired. Although I like the fact that they donate money to a good cause...
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml, cellar aged about 1 year. pours reddish brown with off white head. flavor of toasted nuts, odd combination of fruits with slight vegetable, caramel, apples, pears, plums, and bananas. a real odd mesh of flavors and perhaps some age has muddied this thing. i remember it was drinkable when it was fresh but this is a drain pour.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber, caramel color, lots of bubbles and large foamy tan head leaves a clean glass as it subsides. Sweet subtle malty caramel aroma with a raison and brown sugar flavorwith an alcoholic prune aftertaste followed by a slight alcohol burning in the throat area. Reminds me more of a barleywine that needs to age then of a belgian.
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: What a beaut! Crimson red hue capped with a rather sturdy tan-colored head.
Smell: Suitably rich, yeasty aroma consisting of bananas, cherries, and spice layered with a pleasing malt presence.
Taste: Hefty malt sweetness upfront with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, almonds, and more cherries (providing just a tinge of tartness). Ends with just a soft touch of pepper in the otherwise sweet, lingering finish. Never really delivers any substantial hop bitterness or flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and surpassingly soft on the palate.
Drinkability: Are you up for a decent American attempt at a Belgium style? This can be that beer. It will be that beer.
gnoff (9281) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 First rating
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget
Labeled 9.4% ABV.
Clear brown color, fluffy tan head. Sweet and metallic scent. Spicy sweet raissin taste. Full mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Much of much things, nothing really grabbing hold of you though. You can sense the high alcohol.
Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Hazy dark copper color, tan head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Lactic, sweet, spicy, alcohol taste. Sort of thin and flat mouthfeel. Low bitterness.
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby with a thin head. Aroma is of sherry, sweet malts, and yeast. Flavor is of dextrinous roast, carmel, and yeast phenols. A bit under attenuated leaving a cloying sweetness. Otherwise, a good American interpretation of a Belgian Dark Strong.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Did not live up to expectations. Mahogany with a bubbly off-white head. Solid aroma or malts, alcohol, and smoke. The peat, yeast, caramel, and nutty flavors are good, but really washed out. Good, but not memorable.