KajII (777) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with some maroon highlights and an average (1-2 finger) creamy beige head that was mostly lasting and had excellent sheets of sticky lacing.
The aroma was nice and rich with a dark grain malt and a doughy Belgian yeast and possessed notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit (raisons and dates) and a mild medicinal alcohol scent.
The taste was lightly sweet, rather malty and a tad acidic with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit from the beginning, but quickly became roasty with a strong yeast presence and a note of roasted coffee and a touch of vanilla towards the finish. The flavor lasted a long good time with a roasty, wheat alcohol taste left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just a hair below medium in body with a semi-dry creamy texture and a moderate carbonation.
Overall a good strong boldly robust brew with tons of flavor, which is quite amazing as it all comes from the grains and yeast (nothing else was added). Basically a simply fantastic beer...
Shot (103) - Westerville, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby black with a thin head. Fruity, chocolaty aromas--stone fruits and dark chocolate, raisin and caramel. Flavors are dark fruits up front, then chocolate, coffee, black pepper; raisin and bready notes in the finish. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Wow. This is really good! Peppery mouthfeel with a light, dry finish. This is a definite keeper.
Homer321 (1596) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. A ton of fruit in the nose, figgy. Taste is a lightly tart fruity flavor. Ok I guess.
DrewFace (702) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, very thick creamy tan head. Milk chocolately, light roast, sweet aroma. Sweet, chocolatey, ligt roast, mild bitterness, more sweetness.
beechner224 (599) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in fridge. Pours black with white head. Aroma is malty and Belgium yeast. Taste is malty sweet, a bit fruity. A little warming.
GothGargoyle (1095) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma is raisins, honey, anise. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a lot of Belgian complexity. Flavour is raisins, dates, prunes, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, anise.
MrFecesious (903) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hog shack bottle share. Dark brown. Aroma of hay, chocolate, blood, booze, dark fruit. Taste is sweet and bitter. Dry finish from a very effervescent beer.
MIBRomeo (2536) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a small dense tan head with great lacing. Aroma of chcoloate a hint of molasis a hint of oatmeal and I swear the tiniest touch of bubblegum in there somewhere. Full well coated palate. Flavor is smooth and delicious some clearly belgian yeast notes in a sweet bread lots of rich light almost chcolates that maybe is more of a light toffee... Great malt complexity. A very nice beer.
Darkmagus82 (444) - - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-9-12-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer was dark brown nearly black with a one finger off white/tan head. The head had a moderate retention but eventually faded to give a good level of lacing.
Smell – The aromas were quite nice. A nose of dark chocolate and dark fruits of cherry, fig and raisin were the strongest. There was a good yeasty and roasted aroma which created a very nice balance to the sweeter fruit aromas.
Taste – The taste was very much of what was sensed in the nose. It began with a roasted malt, brown bread and more cocoa taste. Quickly however the fruit notes that were detected in the smell worked their way into the taste with them being largely of fig and raisin. A very light yeast taste was also present, but was largely overshadowed by the cocoa, roasty, and sweet fruit base. These flavors took the taste to the end where the fruit tastes lightened up a bit and where a lighter alcohol flavor came to the picture; the mix leaving a warming tingle and a roasty chocolate dark fruit bread flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – While the more mild carbonation level was very fitting for the beer, the body of the beer was disappointingly thin. It was quite watery ad really never allowed all those darker flavors to penetrate the tongue.
Overall - Other than the weak body this was a rather tasty beer. Good flavor profiles and transitions created a very nice taste experience.
Barreras (931) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cola black color with a sweet malt aroma. Taste is of rum raisin mixed with molasses. A biting alcohol flavor at first sip but quickly disappears after the swallow. A good deep sweet flavor left on the palate, easily one of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales.
edgallow (1857) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, yeast and coffee. Taste is raisins, malts, bread and spice.
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