JStax (3232) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pouread from a bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a dark mohogany with a one finger head beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruits and molasses. Somewhat fruity as well. Taste is off. Slightly noticeable prune taste with a small alcohol burn in the finish. I kind of get a toasty quality on top of all this. This isn’t very good, but not as bad as some of the reviews would lead a person to believe.
coyforce (616) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
nothing great to write home about, but alright for an average winter ale. one of the best point brews I have tasted.
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
It just doesn’t make sense it tastes like water mixed with buttery burnt peanut bridle, it has absolutely no focus. Who would be intrigued by this? who would like this? It just doesn’t make sense.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
21-Feb-11 (12-oz bottle: Free bottle for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Entered into the Belgian-Style Dubbel category, this beer pours hazy amber-brown with a thin, off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. The nose is fruity, with apple, date and a touch of raisin in the background, plus brown sugar and sweet spices. Fruity and spicy flavors of baked apples, figs, raisin bread, cinnamon, and brown sugar complement the sweet malts. Medium in weight and carbonation with a touch of tartness on the palate. Drinkable, but not too interesting.
EithCubes (5086) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nose is coriandered and heavily lemony, spicy notes on the wheat slime. Dark amber pour with a strange head - noisy and sudsy tan but with big red highlights. Taste is heavily spiced, a little grainy, bittersweet but dries out sufficiently, grain husks all the way through. Caramel and a little bit of toastier black malts, there’s actually some nice hop presence here under the chalky bubblegum and misappropriated spices. Medium body and stale, grainy aftertaste, not a house flavor I’d like to support. Meh.
dchmela (2676) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my buddy Ian for smuggling this back from the frosty north. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, hints of cherry, with a touch of toasted malt. Big body, slightly sweet, touch of tartness, some fruit, caramel and a hint of bitterness. Nice little winter brew.
wlajwl (4046) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not horrible for a strong ale, has a nice alcohol warming to it with sugar notes, not bad.
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average at best. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small lacing head. Aroma is faint, malty sweet with some bread and yeast. The flavor is a little spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet with a thin feel. Finishes a bit thin without much kick. Not my favorite.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear amber, ok head, no real retention, big bubbles, no lacing... Smells like generic cowtail candy, loads of generic caramel flavor with faint fruitiness.... loads of caramel in the flavor with subtle hints of spicy yeast... Dry finish, medium bodied.. Flavor is not horrible for a beer in this price range, but the aroma is quite off....
vikingguy (836) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber w/ off-white head. Pleasant aroma, pungent dark fruit, almost winey. Like the taste too; a good mix of bready malt and ripe fruit. Fruit lends a bit of sourness. Medium body, low hops content...maybe a bit too low as it seems to leave the finish a bit flat. Overall this is nice. A good winter session ale.