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RATINGS: 140   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
A - Served a dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some good lace. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted sweet chocolate malt with some bittersweet chocolate, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a touch of burnt caramel. T - Starts off with some roasted milk chocolate with some deeper cocoa and Belgian yeast character. Through the middle, more roasted and lightly burnt malts come through with some more chocolate flavor, yeast, and some dark fruit. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts with some vanilla and Belgian yeast flavors. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasty finish. D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced Belgian dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Draft. Pour is black with a tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma of roast, plums, fruity esters, espresso. Taste is roasty, espresso, belgian yeast is evident. Palate is creamy, roasty, soft, lightly bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1529) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
On tap at Pi Bar for the RRB SF beer week event. Pours a reddish-black with nice taupe head. Nice roast and even some hop on the nose. I do not get a lot of Belgian yeast here - seems more like an attempt at a CDA. Great roast and bitterness on the flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Tap at RR for PtY. Served too cold. Taste is bitter, roasty, hoppy. Nose is light espresso roast. I like this but aesthetically it is lacking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 A - pours thick dark brown with low tan tight bubbled head, lacing. S - aromas of wood, smoke, coffee. floral notes up front. Hint of chocolate as well. M - light body, no carb. Lingering chocolate smokey ending. T - light floral on the nose, chocolate and smoke on the palate. Lingering airy smoke and malty ending. O - pretty good black ale. Strong good flavors, weak smell. 7-

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Taste like a belgum ale mixed with a stout. Has the darkness and malt flavor for a stout but the gold ale taste as well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6655) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2012
10oz bottle at the brewpub pours a watery, deep mahogany brown, almost black with some creamy, cloudy white head. Nose is lightly smokey, malty, dark German rye bread, toast, a little grass, some waxiness, chocolate, wet soil. Flavor is malty, cocoa pods, a little grass, some noble hop bitterness, dried leaves, toasted bread. Very dry, chalky finish. An interesting take for Russian River.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blomster (284) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2011
Old rating, from notes. On tap at the brewpub. Dark brwon, almost black, pour, with a finger-high tan head. Some yeast in the aroma, roasted malt, dark dried fruits. Taste is roasty, dry, somewhat spicy, with less yeast flavor than expected. A great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Draft at Monk’s Cafe. Pours a deep dark brown color that’s almost black with faint mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind. Roasted malt aroma with faint spiciness and dark fruit notes. Slightly toasty with lots of dark chocolate along with hints of toffee and caramel. Medium bodied with lots of roasted dark malt as well as some zesty spice and sweet dark fruit notes. Lots of dark chocolate malt flavor along with hints of toffee, coffee bean and caramel countered by peppery spice, candy sugar and dark fruit which provide subtle sweetness. Still the dark malts dominate the flavor, lingering into a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
An interesting beer, that’s for sure. I tried it at Pi Bar in a small sampling (perhaps 8 oz) and really enjoyed it with its dark burnt malts and richer than average body. Then I had it again at Toronado in a larger sampling (14-16oz) after having an Elder...that was the mistake. It came up thin and boring with very little discerning character. Either way I’m confused by what this beer is trying to be.

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