JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well carbonated. Some malt aroma. Flavor has some malt and wild yeast. a little fruit, but this is rather bland for a style of beer I usually enjoy. The high ABV is well hidden.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
February 2008 batch, aged just over one year. Pours an extremely dark chocolate mahogany color that appears virtually black in the center. A thick, foamy, dark mocha colored head settles at a moderate pace, leaving a thin film with a prominent, ramped-up edge. Vertical flares of lacing mark the glass. Aromas include cocoa malts, figs, various dark fruits, burnt caramel, and vanilla. Traces of smoky molasses and sharp anise seed shows as well. Flavors are very much malt driven, with cola and molasses playing a huge role. Semi-dry cocoa, stewed figs, and raisins lend further fruity sweetness, while toasted, bready yeast adds a distinctly Belgian feel. Medium-full bodied but overly carbonated, the mouthfeel is substantial, but just a bit too fizzy for my liking. Decent brew, but lacking in several key areas.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Backus’ Backyard Bash. Dark brwon with a brown head. Chocolate and fruit nose, chocolate flavor, but with a tinge of sourness that detracts. Would love to try this again.
badgerben (4494) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Courtesy of Beastiefan2k. Black color with a medium head. Light licorice and roasted malt aroma. A little cardboardy flavor. Light roasted malt finish.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN from a 750 ml bottle, shared by Beastiefan. Pours a semi-clear brownish amber brew with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates to a fine ring. Aroma of roasted dark malt, some chocolate, dark pitted fruits, brown sugar and a little yeast. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of roasted dark malt, some tart berry, chocolate and a little alcohol presence. Finish is semi-tart followed by some alcohol and dark berry aftertaste.
tennisjoel (1181) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Bob (Skyview) tasting. The pour is brown in color with a light brown head. Sweet dark fruits combined with some banana. A touch of sour grapes I detect in the flavor. Also some off flavor that I can only describe as glue. Interesting beer, but not my cup of tea.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Beastiefan. Brown pour with a light tan head. Sweet dark fruit aroma and chocolate. The flavors are chocolate, mild coffee, some fruit overtones and some bread. Good stuff.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample enjoyed at Skyview tasting. Pour was dark amber and had aroma of plum and brown sugar. Flavor was very good, effervescent, banana, malt and finished with a little alcohol. I will probably try to get this one sometime again.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. Far more carbonated pour than I was expecting, but perhaps I hadnt remembered the Belgian yeast. Appealing, lively two finger head sits atop a dark chocolate body. Nose is deep milk chocolate with the slightest hint of tartness. Interestingly, the flavor is dominated by lactic flavors and even a hint of tart fruit, mostly obscuring the chocolate richness. It makes for an interesting hybrid, more or less exactly the blend Pisgah advertises. Earthy, ripe, mellow. Quirky dry finish like leaves and leather.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown color, thin even light tan head. Nice rich brown sugar and an almost Belgian yeastiness on the aroma. Sweeter taste, some roast balanced by Belgian notes and a slight chocolate hint. Interesting.