brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 010. Active Belgian yeast, plenty of carb, raisins, figs, malty sweetness. Fruity, spicy, finishes dry. Too much carb for my tastes, but it fits the style. Well-made, as always.
Errl (1107) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap- Pour is dark red with light tan head that fades..Nose is nice toffee, caramel, belgian yeast, spice malty..Taste is much the same with bold malt backbone and dark fruits..
kryon (1032) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with low to no off white head
Aromas of dark malts, peat, molasses, earth
Taste... Ooooh the taste... L;oaded with sweet caramel malts, molasses, barnyard, honey fudge,
Ktwse (1234) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish brown, slightly hazy, with low tan head. Aroma of brown sugar dark fruit, barnyard, yeast, spices, some bread. Taste is boozy with cherries, port wood. Initially sweet followed by a light alcohol bitterness. Long, boozy finish. Medium to full creamy body with soft carbonation.
Gription79 (2005) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Warming, fruity alcohol, malty, a bit hot for me. The alcohol heat really killed the enjoyment of this beer.
medfordmh (20) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 Drank on tap at wholefoods tap room beer dinner. A: rich chocolate covered banana, fig, dark caramel. Slight pepper note, slight mineral note. A: dark mahogany, totally brite. Long lasting off white head. T: frozen chocolate covered banana. Hop spiciness, dark toffe, caramel, burnt toast, slight coffe, slight mineral note, slight clove flavor. P: good carbonation, slightly viscous. Dry but lingering chocolaty bitterness. O: great example of a strong dark. Dry and yeasty but balanced out by the alcohol and rich flavors. Just enough roastiness
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a medium tan head that recedes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of chocolate, raisins and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of chocolate malt, caramel, dark fruit and yeast. The finish is sweet with an earthy yeast and fruit aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
ineedbeer (427) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is balanced between light malt notes, moderate fruit esters and some medium light phenolics. Sweet raisin, toffee and treacle with fig, plum, carmelized sugar, clove and faint pepper.
Pours brown to dark brown with some faint ruby highlights. Very big moderately thick tan head that slowly but steadily recedes until its about a quarter inch thick then it recedes very slowly. Moderately high lacing.
Flavor is a bit more malt forward with some dark caramel, toffee, chocolate and light roast. Some raisin, cherry and plum esters in moderate amounts. Medium to medium light bitterness. Light clove note with some coriander as well. Some sweetness mid palate but the finish dries out a bit in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Low astringency and medium high alcohol heat. Belgian yeast tends to feel hot to me.
Overall a fairly good beer, but definitely not the best from Russian River. It feel a bit too carbonated for me and the finish lacks some depth. Good ester complexity, but the rest seems a bit one dimensional.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Nische (442) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, liquorice. Yeasty taste with some chocolate, dark fruit and some coffee.
jbdpsu82 (94) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Snifter pour. Thin a dark. Quickly dissipating head. Spicy smell, but overall pretty faint. Same for taste, also boozy. Goes down smooth though