Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown to almost black appearance. Some peppermint, caramel, and chocolate aromas. The flavor consists of more mint, plums, chocolate, and molasses. The finish is slightly alcoholic and sweet. Not bad but nothing to jump up and down hollerin HELL YEAH! about either.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a mid-sized, frothy beige head that slowly and nearly fully dissipates. The body is nearly transparent but just a shade of mahogany too dark. The nose is one of the most apparent examples of bubblegum esters Iíve ever been exposed to, straight into the flavor. Pepper and date notes are strong, followed by artificial notes of caramel, vanilla extract and crumbly white chocolate. Peppermint is so noxious and overdone itís obscene, almost. The finish is salty and sweet, with a drying tendency that doesnít quite materialize. The mouthfeel is oily, light-medium to medium bodied.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty dark caramel biscuity malts with some earthy peppery spice, a lot of anise and a touch of light fruity esters. Starts fairly full and lightly sweet with a decent Belgian yeasty character toward a semi-dry finish. A pretty nice Belgian strong.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Date: 11/29/2007
dark brown, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
dark chocolate aroma with a lot of sweet estery fruity character and lots of spicyness plus fusel alcohols,
sweet fruity chocolate malt flavor, touch of hot spicy spruce, all sweet spice,
picking up a peppery character in the aroma,
more balanced flavor between the fruity chocolate and the spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. Bottle: Strange, complex aroma. Smells of molasses, licorice, mint, chocolate, and pumpernickel. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized light brown head that diminished slowly. Opaque. Flavor of chocolate, roast, rye, pumpernickel, smoke, molasses, mint, and salt. Medium body. Chalky texture. Average to lively carbonation. Complex, smoky finish.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a dark amber color form a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is licorice, brown sugar and malts. A medium to full bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of brown sugar, molasses and licorice flavors, and they are the dominate the flavors. Yet the other flavors mix in as well, some grapes, some yeastiness, some oak and some earthiness. There is a touch of an alcohol bite. I still am not sure if I liked this beer. It is one of the weirdest beers I have had in years. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
kramer (5040) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown body with a fizzy and foamy one inch beige head with decent retention. Heavy thick lacing. The nose is heavy spicing with some cola, light coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Kinda like an Anchor OSA Lite. Quite an odd flavor. Lots of maltiness at first, then itís just a wash of herbs and spices and whatever else weird they threw in here, finishing with some light alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of fizzy foaming carbonation. Not sticky despite the somewhat sweet flavor. I think that they were shooting for an Anchor OSA type of thing here and didnít quite hit the mark.
jimhilt (2416) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a light tan, three-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color. Nose is sweet grapes. Flavor is grapes and medicinal but not cloying, with only 25 IBUs the hops are nearly hidden and the higher ABV is not noticeable. $4.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
DocLock (7920) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Deep brown pour with off-white head. Aroma is malty, spicy, with hops, asnd some pumpernickel notes in the nose and flavor. Also had flavors of rauchy dark malt, mild coffee, nuts, and red wine reduction. Unique flavors and aromas in this.
canary dog (665) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very sweet and thick malt-bomb of a brew. Appears to be a well made beer, since it tastes very similar to Celebrator, which is a highly respected beer around here. However, itís not my cup of tea. A little too sweet for me.