anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty woody spicy caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. has a fruity malty spicy woody caramel finish.
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Getting an early rate in on this one. Bottle from Total Wine. The body is very dark brown and the head is thin and light brown. The aroma starts with alcohol and stewed prunes before revealing raisiny, slightly chocolatey depths. The aroma is heady, but fairly complex and inviting. The body is full, though the alcoholic dryness in the finish is actually a bit incongruous - this tastes like it should finish sweeter. There is even a slight acidity to the finish, not much, and more than I would like. The flavour is raisiny and plummy, though not all that sweet for this type of beer. Again, there is decent complexity here, perhaps just undermined a bit by too much alcoholic dryness in the finish. Would have loved a hint of dark brown sugar to pull this together. Good solid beer, even though I feel it could be improved.
bhensonb (12572) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750, c&c, from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred’s ever on top of new releases. New to me anyway. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate with some dark fruit and herbs. Maybe anise. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, cola, somewhat burnt malt, darker fruits, anise, yeast/spice - there’s a great lot of things in this. Finish starts with banana, ?, and goes on to be a spiced, herbed doppelbock kind of thing. Kudos to Moortgat for enabling Ommegang to make such great ales. Wonderful stuff.
bu11zeye (12301) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of plum, chocolate, yeast, and raisins. Flavor of vinous, bread, yeast, dates, chocolate, caramel, and raisins.
argo0 (12277) - 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.
Tmoney99 (12032) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted cereal malt, yeast and floral aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where exceeded.
Ratman197 (11352) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cola, yeast, fruittiness, light licorice and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, yeast, fruittiness and light roastiness with a smooth lingering malty finish.
Lubiere (11225) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, a sweet dark fruit with alcohol warmth, plums, light molasses. In mouth, chocolate, molasses, woody plums and curacao, with nice warming alcohol, licorice roots, nice. On tap at Prohibition Pig, April 6 2012.
jtclockwork (11028) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of flaked oats, banana, wheat malt, roasted chestnuts and yeast. Finishes with lots of banana and wheat malts with hints of clove. Some spicy hops throughout. Medium body.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date: July 30, 2012
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma, rich dark fruits, sweet esters, licorice, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, dark fruits, rich sweet esters, light phenolic spicyness
Overall: rich and satisifying
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4