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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
A dark Belgian Ale brewed for Valentines Day. OG 1.058, ABV 6.10%, BU's 24

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
On tap at the brewpub for RR’s 4th anniversary. Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a tan frothy head that reduces rather quickly. Aroma is toasty malt and coffee with a touch of fleshy fruit. Flavor is of those See’s coffee flavored candies with some roasty bitterness and smoke. Chewy and sticky. Really smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
At the Russian River Brewpub this pour was in a 13 oz tulip glass. Came with a nice 1/2 inch of very foamy tan head and left great lacing. Nose of dark malts, chocolate, and grassy hops. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is of chocolate, coffee, fruit, and nuts. Smooth finish. This is one that makes you want to go back for a second, but I have to drive back to Eureka and want to save room for a Compunction. Another quality beer from Russian River.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Opaque, very dark brown. Surprisingly white head, which seems to suggest patent. Also surprising is the incredibly faint aroma - simple coffee roastiness. Flavor is lightly stouty with a few plasticky notes. A light smattering of esters and fruitiness culiminate in a quite metallic finish and aftertaste with an unpleasant roast bitterness. This one doesn’t work too well, for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
Excellent roasty and bready dark belgian ale. On draft at RR. All the RR beer is really expertly blended and this is no exception. Aroma isn’t the selling point but the taste is very upstanding and gentle. Not a "bash you over the head" dark ale. Roasty flavors sing lightly and finish smoothly and softly. A dark beer with a gentle soul. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2008
Darker brown with a mid sized off white head. Aroma is bready, roasty with a touch of bitter dark choclate. Flavour is thinner with some yeasty notes and very brown bready. Finishes short and simple with some earth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a nice brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, roasty, and toasty. Flavor is malty, chocolate, roast, and a bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Tasted at 2008 Woodshop hosted by cquiroga. Hand bottle. Kind of normal brown ale. Brown color. Low carbonation. Little hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2008
19th Rating from 3rd Annual Woodshop tasting in Temple City, CA. 3/1/08. One hell of a day put on by Cquiroga, thanks for a killer day Chris. Also spent the day there with bikesanbeer, my girlfriend Cyn, wetherel, JohnC, DenverLogan, dirty_martini, jasparg, DrBil, IPAFiend, awaisanen and many others, this was one crazy day. Hand Bottled 12oz. Pours dark brown with an off white island. Nose is very licorice like. Tastes is ruddy and I can’t read what I wrote but I think it was yeasty. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
another winner from RR...but not one of their usual offerings. i know this is a black ale...but it was much more like a schwartzbier. i didnt get a whole lot of belgian yeastiness...if anything it seemed to have a clean yeast profile. a lightly sweet with a nice roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Tap @ Russian River (I still love saying that). Poured a very dark brown-black color with an off-white head. The aroma is of sweet roasted malt with yeasty esters and a hint of coffee. The flavor was semi-sweet with roasted malt and a Belgian yeasty character. Coffee on the finish that mixes with some floral hops. Medium bodied.

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