Funknmilla (668) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich dark brown color...almost black... on the fresh pour, the head is thick and dense and it only diminishes to half of the height....out of a plastic cup, hard to get too much, but the aroma has a rich toffee presence.....the palate... i get some fruit mingled with malt and nuts....as I finish the brew I notice the lacing....its there...I see it...its good....u love it.....
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reminds me more of a double for some reason than a strong. Smells nice and looks quite good. Funny idea behind this. I nice beer for number 900. the 9% really isnít that evident. A good beer from a good style.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Dark brown pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of figs, cherries, brown sugar, roasty malt, some almonds, dark chocolate, and a tiny bit of urethane. The flavor is caramel malty at first, with some almonds, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar, but it quickly shifts gears and becomes tarter as it warms, with the cherry component coming out more. It gets a little tart and a little krieky as ir warms, but the caramel malt and brown sugary nuts remain throughout. This is a unique and very enjoyable style that I will buy again.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a medium thick tan head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Fruity and malty aroma. Raisiny and plums. Sweet and malty caramel flavor. Smokey fruity notes. Banana and clove notes. Finish is spicey. Medium bodied. Smooth and drinkable. Enjoyable beer.
JohnnyJ (3903) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet belguim. Red/amber pour. Fruity, sweet, and belguim yeasts with some smokiness. Nothing great.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The deep red-amber body of this brew is topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing left on the glass. this beer is sweet and malty with a slight dark fruit note, a touch of banana and a little spice. Medium bodied, a touch warming, and smooth.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
[tap at barcade] - dark caramel color, with an odd aroma kind of like burnt bacon covered in maple syrup - cloyingly sweet flavor, yet still, the smokey, almost cured meat-like flavor manages to dominate - what the hell happened North Coast?
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 On tap tonight at Barcade, Brooklyn...Dark mahogany body, with avery quickly fading head. Thick, smokey (much like Bacon) aroma - heavily laden with prunes, cherries and yeastiness, as well as some general spiciness. No particular flavor stands out other than the smokiness, however, thereís a maple-syrup like quality as well. In fact, the beer is very syrupy sweet. Itís an odd brew to call itself an Begain Strong Ale, and honestly, Iím not sure that it works that well.
Just a brief update: Iím not going to change my rating at all, but I just want to note that this beer is much better in the bottle than it is on draft. It is much smoother and better balanced sweetness.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
7/6/06. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA 7/4/06. Pours a dark red-brown with cough syrup orange outlines. Luminescent but dark. Head is sadly lacking-- a fizzy, messy tangle of bubbles that begins to fade even before youíre finished pouring. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is an improvement but far from a revelation. Tangy with boring pseudo-Belgian yeastiness and dark fruit esters. And itís pretty weak, to boot. Rotten apples and rotten bananas on the nose and tongue. Other featured flavors include leather, some dark bubblegummy sweetness and a very small amount of sourness that I actually sort of enjoy. Bubblegum and leather finish with slight vegetal quality and a touch of plummy, nutty malt. Mostly just sweet gummy leather with a slight tangy yeast glow. Reminds me a bit of a Unibroue beer, but not one of the better ones. Mouthfeel has a slickness and somewhat of an alcohol sting on the roof of your mouth to introduce the medium-full body, and thereís sudsy carbonation (from out of nowhere) that underscores the bubblegum notes, but itís just not enough to save this one. The quasi-dryness is almost mealy and really not that enjoyable. Finish has a rotted fruit trail and a touch of soy sauce, traced with the tangy outline and a flabby sweetness of watered-down oatmeal with lots of brown sugar added. Quite a shame. I guess I could say that the alcohol isnít all that crazy, but thatís like noting that the airbag worked when the car exploded in the crash. Really lacking in polish-- too sweet, messily conditioned and underattenuated, just not ready for release. The best thing about this beer is that it made me break out "Brilliant Corners."
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a deep burgundy with a small fizzy beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, leather, and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor of dark fruits (plums, dates) and toasted malt.