fishonmyplane (503) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This hybrid beer works because it is medium-bodied, and none of the flavors are too overpowering. It has a subtle amount of smoke, and of course there is the flavor of Belgian yeast that fans of Ommegang will be accustomed to. A pleasant surprise - I really hope they keep it alive as a seasonal beer instead of just a limited edition offering.
J_man (790) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unusual but interesting aroma of dark molasses and fresh wort. Hazy medium amber/tangerine color with a finely carbonated tan head. Delicious, full bodied malt taste with notes of wood and smoke. Dark caramel sweetness that’s light in taste with some dark fruit and pumpkin. Body is creamy yet light and somewhat watery which makes this very drinkable . There’s a dry woodiness throughout the taste. Leaves behind a light sweetness and a little smoke. Very interesting and tasty take on a Scottish ale.
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"a cool belgian style scotch ale that hit the spot when in the mood for a malty winter brew. fruity esters present in the aroma and flavor from the yeast, but just a hint of spicy, so more scotch ale than belgian, which suited me just fine. expertly balanced and robust and flavorful for a 6 1/2 percent beer. well done. another i’d get a lot if it were cheaper."
ttoadee (970) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep clear amber. Decent tan head. Nose is smoke, sea air, dark soft fruits. Bittersweet. Middle is smooth and smokey, coco & fig spread. Finish is creamy & full-bodied with a hint of peat and alcohol.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: It looks dark in the glass and has a garnet red hue when held up to the light. This is capped off by a two to three finger head which has excellent retention. A small light tan layer of foam hangs on till the last sip. As I take each sip the head coats the glass with film of slick bubbles which brakes up and leaves cool lace patterns on the glass.
Smell: I get a lot of the smoked malt right up front with some mild fruity malt notes and classic Ommegang yeast notes underneath. Way off in the distance is a very faint hint of heather.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sweet malty character up front with fruity and yeasty notes. This is backed up with very firm smoky malt which covers up the light floral heather notes. Hops are distant and offer only light leafy herbal notes with light hop bitterness. This all comes by way of a smooth softly carbonated palate with a medium to full body.
BelgianBeerGal (3384) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle most likely from Belmont or JJ’s but finally drank in FL. Nice dark brown-bronze pour with reddish highlights. Short foamy khaki head. Gentle aroma of malt and a hint of the heather with a little smoke lurking too. Nice flavor that starts with malt, then you get a nice smokiness and it finishes with a lingering, coffee-like bitterness. Well done.
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins and some light smoke. Rich malty flavor of caramel malts, raisins, dark fruit, earth, toffee and had a touch of smoke.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/23/2010. From bottle. Redbrown with a tan head. Roasted malt, dried fruit, sugar, Belgian yeast, caramel and nutty flavors with a hint of smoke. Good balance and complexity.
merc7186 (2567) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Mild Caramel, Mild Belgian Sugars
T: Caramel, Mild Coffee, Mild Belgian Sugars
M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet
Overall, it definitely has fallen off with age.
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! It pours a dark cloudy brown and has a sweet malt aroma. The flavor is smoky and it has a full palate and pleasant mouth-feel. EXCELLENT BEER!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color with orange highlights. The head was thick and light tan with good retention and lacing. Alluring mix of aromas that included the likes of peat smoke, tobacco, dark fruits, roasty malt, and hints of leather and brown sugar. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with carbonation on the bubbly end of the spectrum. Black tea, smoke, and tobacco flavors with a dash of salt.