drjay44 (2635) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. 8.5% ABV per the label. Pours a medium, fizzy, poorly retained, light beige head, over a clear, light brown (SRM 19) body.....nose is sweet with brown sugar, dark dried fruit notes including raisin, fig, minimal hops, balance to the malts.....taste is sweet with dried fruits including raisin, plum, brown sugar, hints of clove, finishing with a mild hop bitterness, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, light body, alcohol warmth present, high carbonation, mild acid. This is a light and simple take on a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. The beer does not have significant flaws in technique, it just lacks the depth of aroma and flavor found in the best. Both the malt and hop backbones need rework, perhaps with a change of yeast, and an increase in fermentation temperature. BJCP 6/2/10/4/6
Ratman197 (9802) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Colorado Plus poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of caramel, candy sugar, dried fruit, light spice and a hint of yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, candy sugar, light dried fruit and light spice with a smooth lingering candy sugar finish.
onceblind (4066) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Trinity Brewing Co. Clear dark copper with a foamy white head. Great aroma of dark candi sugar, raspberries, and a roasty earthy toffee malt. Clean but big flavor of belgian dark fruits like passion fruit and raisin, with a touch of raspberry, some peppery yeast, and some candi sugar, maybe some earthy cherry as well. Complex and strong, but not terribly big on the palate.