tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate flavors with a subtle musty, yeasty character, some smokey elements as well. interesting blend of flavors. the kriek is there if you’re looking for it. one to sip and savor.
malrubius (2043) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft taste sample at Big Z (in plastic). Dark brown/black with lasting thick tan head. Chocolaty yeasty aroma with hints of fruit. Rich chocolaty body, creamy texture, milld nutty bitterness and a hint of dry cherry fruitiness. Very very tasty and and surprisingly rich. We can only hope the Obama presidency is as well-crafted as this beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2882) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft goblet at Lunar Brewing. Yep, first time visiting this brewpub I had a guest beer. Figured this is a one-shot deal, and the bartender said yes, they’ve only got a 5-gallon keg of this. Round, deep stout color, a creamy tan head that peeps above the rim of the glass. Had to sniff several times to get the scent of this: Belgian malt plus a little schawrzbier smoothness, all quite mild. First taste impression is of light coffee, but like a fata morgana, I find it hard to say what else I taste. Just really smooth, low alcohol heat. Now a bit of coriander, but no kriek sourness. Some other possible spices, like fennel or grains of paradise, but them maybe that’s from yeast. Notes of mocha now. Best description I can grasp is a Belgian stout with Guinness essence added. Some banana ester toward the end. Really complex and enjoyable.
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At Cole’s Rare Beer Fest, January 2009. Poured near-black, with a creamy and lasting tan head. Funky aroma, with licorice, cherry, blackstrap molasses and herbal bitterness - fairly dry, too. The taste followed - but stronger alcohol than you’d expect from 6.2% and the fruit and sweet malt tasted almost burnt. Average body, a little acidity on the palate to go with the dry yeastiness, decent carbonation, and a long, bitter, almost carbonized linger - very solid, more oomph than the Chocolate Indulgence.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-01-24. Very dark brown-black body with a modest tan head. Sweetish aroma dark fruity notes, mild roasty touches, lightly dusty. (7+) Flavour is on the sweet side with just a touch of dry roast, sweet fruity notes and a light bitterness in the finish. (7+) Smooth medium bodied palate with pleasant carbonation. Solid overall, little bit quirky in the middle but quite enjoyable. Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo
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Radek Kliber (6602) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coles – Rare Beer Festival
Appearance: quiet dark with brownish hints. Fine creamy head of beige shade. 3+.
Nose: Alcoholic wheat aromas, followed by brown hint, hint of bubble gum. 7-
Flavor/Palate : Frontal bubble gum , peanuts. Organic feel , lightly hopped with straight alcohol follow up. Blend of wheat and brown malts , roasted hints. Decently blended.
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on-tap at Coles. Creamy, fuller mouth porter-stout with kriek. Complex. The taste delivers what I didn’t get in the aroma. Dark colour, of course.
notalush (5279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Big Z - pours a turbid dark brown, with a very thin ring of lace - the aroma is semi-smoky, with a bit of chocolate, a subtle cherry tartness, nuts, doughy character, a few bitter herbs, twiggy qualities - the flavor is initially sweet, with notes of chocolate, but a semi-herbal bitterness, smoke, leafy tobacco bitterness, and light peaty character come behind that - a little bit of acidity late, which must be from the kriek they blended in, because a cherry flavor is pretty apparent at that point - a little bit woody in the finish - this is an interesting and hard to pin down beer, which I guess is appropriate.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Cole’s. A brownish black, tan head. Nose is chocolate, cherries, some woodiness (probably from the yeast). Nice rich malt, unami (almost BBQ-esque). Flavor is cherry, woody malt, slightly astringent cocoa.
tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Coles, dark brownish pour, with beige foam. nose is sweet but nice roastyness, a little fruit.
flavor is choc, and some cherry tart flavor, really smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer.