mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Pours an opaque chocolate brown with dark amber highlights. Head is beige and creamy and leaves a good amount of lacy. Aroma is faint, consisting mostly of roasted malt and very little of the esters I expected. Flavor is lacking in complexity; itís mostly just roasted malt flavors and bitterness. Iím just not getting much of the "Belgian" in this one. Still a good beer. But for Russian River itís definitely lacking.
bytemesis (2173) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Clear deep mahogany, medium tan head, nice lacing. Pours molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, tobacco, roasted malt. Same, medium sweet, little bitterness. Light body.
dhunter151 (402) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a white head. Good lacing. Tastes of bread, banana, and a hint of coffee flavor. Good beer.
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DedicatedToFun (1595) - SoCal, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth amber at Pliny the elder release part of the sampker taste and strong nice finish
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
tastybeer (1490) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Zymurgeist2 (748) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
biggirlpanties (131) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
deekyn (862) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
oRos (840) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
nimbleprop (3914) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.