Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of spicy malts, caramel, licorice and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, quite spicy bitter and with a huge body. Clearly an American beer, but very well made.
Turboninja (435) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@home, from Heinen’s, Cleveland, USA. Strong, sweet aroma with cherry, plum and some alcohol. Dark red color with no/minimal naturally white head and clear liquid. Strong, balanced, not so sweet taste with berries, some plum and a hint of sweet malts. Medium taste spectrum and short aftertaste with sweet malts and a hint of plum. Medium body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, way too simple taste and a bit artificial. Aroma promised much more.
jsporrer (466) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ PGH Beerfest. Deep caramel color. Nice aroma of light spice. Decent tasting ale with some light Belgian spices. Pretty good but not great.
ShivanDragon (3015) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice copper red with a white/yellow head. aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel, grain, raisin, plum, alcohol, wood, berry, fruity. Taste pretty sweet, alcohol, licht bitterness, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, firm, soft/smooth, oily, above average body, long alcoholic finish, nice beer to enjoy
Dal9000 (454) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep Amber with a fast fading tan head. Initial caramel aroma with raisins?! Sweet caramel taste with a creamy mouthfeel. Lingering sweet malt.
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tsd08460 (661) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: caramel, Belgian yeast, raisin,
Appearance: clear amber with a beige head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
superspak (4312) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2015. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Criz (336) - - FEB 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small 10oz draft. Deep Amber in color minimal head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, yeasty finish. Sweet malty Belgian, faint yeast notes.
chadski (40) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too much alcohol up front but then settles in nicely. Won't seek out but may repeat.
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angelkostvo (1073) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby colour, beige head. Aroma of candy sugar, dark fruits, red berries and toasted malts. Taste is medium sweet, fruity flavour. Light to medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.