hopscotch (10085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… DLD’08… Very dark (almost black) brown ale with an orange tint. Small, creamy, quickly vanishing head. The aroma is a haze of chocolate, banana, sweet dark fruit and coffee grounds. Full-bodied and chewy with modest carbonation. Chocolate and black malt sweetness. Alcohol, tannin and hop bitterness lingers. Warming, bittersweet, mocha finish.
Ughsmash (7369) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Piece. Poured very deep brown with a tall, creamy initial cap of beige head. The aroma picked up rich darker chocolate, licorice, and caramel with a peppery yeast strain and some earthy notes.. more chocolate with warmth.. different and intriguing. The flavor had warm chocolate and some licorice zestiness upfront with rising peppery yeast and dry floral bitterness as it progressed.. alcohol spikes on the back and is a bit too sharp at the finish.. overall tasty and engaging. Carbonation was too high in here.. nice sweet/spicy contrasts.. interesting choice of maltage. I enjoyed this.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Piece. DArk Black Belgian style ale. Dark fruit, yeast and chocolate. Overly hopped up for this style.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 on tap, pours black with a tan head that had trouble fully forming due to overcarbonation. you can see it fizz like soda! although a nice head forms around the rim. a big licorice and dark fruity aroma with subtle cold coffee notes. a big dark fruit estery profile with some chooclate and bready notes. this is extremely tasty. only knock is that its over carbonated and a tad thin.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was something different. nose is quite opaque. A bit overcarbonated and underaged. The Brewpub cycle has gotten to this one. I’d guess that another week or two of aging would bring down the pepper acidity. Nice sweetish, slightly sour and belgian in character. Interesting.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost pitch black, small head. Aroma is Raisenettes. Flavor is mostly Belgian yeast (Chimay?) with some banana esters. Lots of chocolate malts and pretty dn hoppy for a Belgian Ale.
rederic (3210) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is an imperial sout, in fact is an irish stout aged in whisky barrels, deep pitch black color, with a tiny tan-colored head, with a sweet roasted malt, mochaish nose, with a hint of black currant fruitiness, with some vanilla oakiness accents, with a faint chocolate praline aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth, roasty, fruity, chocolatey, vanilla, oaky, whiskyish character, with a subtle bourbon-like accent with some dark roasted coffee bean flavors, some dark dried fruity notes of raisin, fig and plum, leading towards smooth roasty, vanilla warming finish. When i was there, this beer was served way too cool, for what it is.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Snagged some from Crizay’s glass. Pours black with a very light tan head. Smell is roasty, full of licorice and belgian yeast. Taste is lightly tart and raosty chocolate and licorice with a strong belgian character. Flavorful, just not my style.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with a thin brown head...smell is toasty and sweet...flavor is roasty and sweet with a nice licorice and coffee flavor!!! great!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 4/30/08. Pt.3 of the sampler. Hazy with a dark brown hue. No light. Trace beige head. Toasty floral nose. Caramel and blueberies. Rather full bodied with a big roast. Tight citrus flavor. Fantastic yeast character. Good bitterness with a peppery yeast flavor. Cocoa cola and citrus juxtaposition. Toasty with an anise note. Tart sour fruity esters. Dark fruit and vanilla malts. Moderate dark roast. Me like!