DarkElf (3033) - 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 (4818) - 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 (2631) - 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 (3807) - 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 (2674) - 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 (1407) - 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 (800) - 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.
Ron (2493) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this at the neighborhood party tonight. Deep amber in color. Lightly spiced and fruity aroma. Sweet at the start with notes of malt, caramel and a bit of cocoa. Hint of spice. Flavors are fairly subdued. Some bitterness is barely noticeable. Good stuff. Thanks Jim and Bob.
blipp (5978) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet toffee malt aroma, with some caramel and light hoppy notes. Malty toffee flavor with some brown sugar notes and light hops. Not bad.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: A little British. A little easier to drink than most English strong ales from England. At first I thought it was watered down, but it was actually just smooth. It was less earthy and bitter than a lot of British versions. It was sort of between a British and a Belgian strong ale. The hops were way more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark, brownish amber with a very small, off-white head that almost completely diminished. The aroma had moderate cookie, caramel, nuts and toasted malt; light to moderate herbal hops; apple, cherry, spices, maple syrup, brown sugar and ever so slight alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was rather sweet, rather bitter and slightly acidic with a slightly longer than average duration. There was caramel, maple, syrup, herbal hops, yeast, perfumy hops, something like rye, cherry light spices, toasted malt, crackers, fruit cake, brown sugar and apple. Th body was oily and then dry, but also a little sticky on the lips with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly metallic finish.