bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Dark fruit and light yeast aroma. Dark fruit and yeasty flavor with light earthiness. Medium bodied. dark fruit and yeast lingers with light earth and light malt.
blipp (7371) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours brown with a beige head. Fruity dark Belgian yeasty aroma with caramel and raisin. The flavor has raisins, toffee, toasted malts, dark fruits and a light lingering sweetness. Good stuff.
obguthr (4905) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Candied plum and currant nose. Mahogany, thick tan head, no lace. Charcoal and currant initially, but candied plums burst in suddenly. Faint maraschino cherries also present toward the end. Finishes far too warm for my taste. Medium body.. I had expected more body, but I thought this was an imperial stout, which clearly it is not. Reminiscent of St. Bernardus’ Christmas Ale. It isn’t quite as good, but it’s a more than suitable surrogate.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep amber brown with minimal head that leaves minimal lacing... fair amount of dark fruits up front thins out a touch some light licorice and spice modest carbonation.. flavorful though the aroma is less some belgian yeast notes some light choc and roast... medium to medium full bodied...
Marheb (3536) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fut au DeCicco’s: Totalement noir avec un magnifique collet, minuscules bulles. Les arômes sont sauvage, poivrés et torrefié. En bouche c’est plutôt mince à moyen, je m’attendais à plus massif.
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown/black with a khaki head. Nose is heavy brown sugar, alcohol, spices, ginger, and yeast. Very nice on the palate, heavy on the spices, nutmeg, light yeast, no sign of alcohol at all.
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Small beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, maple, some milk chocolate, alcohol, light raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some bittersweet chocolate, raisin, maple syrup. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Fire House in Eau Claire. Dark cola pour with a foamy white head. Yeast, banana, and dark fruit. Very good.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… Pitch black ale with a large, rocky, khaki head that hangs around a long while and then leaves lingerie-like lace behind. The bouquet is roasty and spicy with a slight banana ester. Smells like a stout with farmhouse yeast – trendy. Full-bodied and oily with fizzy carbonation. Flavor-wise, burnt bitterness tempers malty sweetness, phenolic spiciness and yeasty fruitiness. Finishes crisp, roasty, spicy and mildly acidic. This is sort of a dunkelweizen meets a stout story. They meet, go out a few times, fall in love, buy a house, get pregnant, attend Lamaze class together and finally give birth to this; their offspring.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared 750ml bottle. pours black with a 2+ finger off white / tan head which settles to a 1/4" throughout. rich nose with dark fruits, citrus and apple - really nice yeast esters. medium body with sweet malts, sugar, dark fruits, bread notes and banana. sweet finish with raisins, dates and candi sugar with lingering banana and citrus.