DocJitsu (1123) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with a greenish caramel colored head. Brown sugar and date on the nose. Mouthfeel is decent, but not phenomenal. A little too much sting, despite allowing it to settle. Brown sugar up front with a little sweet date emerging. Very nice.
TheEpeeist (3440) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is raisin, yeast, sherry and wood. Medium body with a buzz. Taste is green banana, yeast, toffee and fig. Easy drinking for the ABV but nothing really stands out.
Ughsmash (7247) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Poured very deep garnet with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up warm dark fruits, nutty notes, and deep banana with accents of oak, tannins, and spicy yeast.. rich and welcoming. The flavor found bready notes, molasses, and caramel at the core with tangy fruit skins, black pepper, banana, and cloves around.. good balance between chewy malts and big Belgian yeast character.. finished with more spicy yeast over chewy bready notes. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation on the palate.. spicy, well-balanced, and engaging.. loved it!
Beergeek23322 (2587) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 2012. 750 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, roated malts. Taste has some brown sugar in it blended with spice. Well made.
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This midnight black brew has hints of figs, plums, with possibly a note of dates. Has a foamy head that dissipates fairly fast. Brown sugar is tasted from start to finish. While already one of the best beers Ommegang has put out, with age, this could become even more complex and enchanting.
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a deep and hazy amber / brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, spiciness, rye bread, licorice, and some rotted fruits. Tastes of caramel, yeast, some fruitiness, and some brown sugar. Alcohol content well hidden.
vyvvy (4467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of figs, dates, anise, trappist yeastiness, brown sugar, dark toffee, raw dough and warm integrated alcohol. It has a medium / thick body with frothy carbonation. The flavor starts with dark maltiness (not bitter), fruit juice sweetness, berries, caramel and earthy Belgian yeast. The finish shows some alcohol, more yeastiness, lots of berries and earthiness. This was was decent.
Gachupines (994) - USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is slight dark fruit with a strong earthy malt character underneath. The flavor is dark roasted malt with a bit of dark fruit (maybe a bit of plum). Light toffee and a slightly burnt finish. Aftertaste is a little bitter, but not unpleasant.
Braudog (5948) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep, dark red, with a pillowy head of rollicking foam. There’s an aroma of pie cherries up front, and it comes thru on the first sip. There’s of course the standard ale-on-lees character here ... a hint of yeast, a hint of oak. Easy drinking for 9.6% all the way. Nice. (#4953, 3/7/2013)
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve had my eye on this at Whole Foods for a while now, but only recently overcame my apprehension to spending a twenty on a beer. It is, after all, from Ommegang. After I purchased it, I carefully set it away in a secret and protected location to age properly. Six days later, the pop-up timer went off telling me it was ready (...either that or I just couldn’t wait any longer).
First, I had to open the decorative tin...which is a way to scream from the shelf, "Hey! You over there looking at pretentious wines! Look at me! I’m a wicked fancy beer you may also like!" Personally, I’m not crazy about stuff like that, but it is a beer created to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, so I think it’s ok they went a little nuts with the packaging.
That being said, when I pulled the bottle out from the tin, I did find it in a nice bottle. I popped the cork, let it breathe, and poured two glasses.
The light chocolate-colored foamy head dissipated in a fair amount of time, leaving a tracely faint mottled foam slick on top and around the edge of the glass. It has a nice caramely and malty nose that casually invited me in to sit for a spell and discuss the events of the day. Within short order, it slid on up to my side and smooth-talked me into tipping the glass for just a quick sip.
The active mouthfeel sprightly danced over my tongue before quickly melting into a frictionless velvety complexiousness that breaded and carameled its way down leaving behind a faintly lingering hoppidity.
It was a good half glass of gentle and intimate sips later when I discovered that the 9.6% had, somehow, slipped in there somewhere and was busy warming things up. While I didn’t purposely let it in, it was fine. I didn’t mind. Actually, the warmth was quite welcomed on this snowy night.
Was it true to style? Absolutely. Was it good? Land o’ lakes, yes! Sadly, as this was an anniversary special edition, it’ll end up being merely a one-night stand kind of thing...the kind you think about fondly for years, which is why I’m taking my time with it and enjoying every last liquid moment we have together.
Thank you, Ommegang.