RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. bottle poured into a tulip at 42°. Color is a deep almost black brown with good carbonation and a small soft brown head. Aroma a sweet candy sugar and yeast scent with a light sour brett note in the back. It has a medium body that gives a light crisp mouth feel. Flavor of dried fruits, caramel and a touch of coffee, then some Belgian yeast and a hint of cheery. In the after taste the oak comes out with a light sour note. Overall its a great brew and a well done Belgian strong, but the Stout characters are a little weak.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cold, corked, 750ml bottle: Pours a deep ruby brown color with a medium sized, rocky, tan head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is of cherries, molasses, plums, coffee and chocolate. Taste is of dark malts well blended with dark fruits (cherries) and subtle, grassy hops. Medium bodied and somewhat fizzy. Ending is lightly sweet with some caramel and chocolate notes. Alcohol is well hidden.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a large tan head, aroma has cherries, pears, chocolate and oak, starts and ends lightly sweet with a cocoa ending, medium bodied with a syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation.
SSSteve (3891) - - NOV 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
nifty bottle. a black beer with a small tan head. nose is milk chocolate, red fruit, cinnamon, vanilla and touch of sour. a hard one to place in a style. oak comes out a tart/sour red fruit with no vanilla notes. very light notes of cocoa but not sweet. medium body. i don’t get it, but the bottle shape is really cool!
tightslice (262) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2014 Bottle pour from Bottle Cellar A&P in Washington Township, NJ. Pours a dark cherry brown. Sniffs of cherries and wine. Tastes of thick cherries off the tree soaked in molasses. Not too sugary and nice alcohol balance. Reminds me of a darker Innis & Gunn Rum Cask. Impressive and interesting.
2nd Bottle: Gift from Aaron Martin. Still enjoyed this immensely. Getting more alcohol burn (but warming and pairs well with the big fruit flavors) this time around. Excellent.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown/tannish lasting head. Smells of roasted malt, some burned sugar, dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, some coffee, some dark fruit, peppery with some huskiness on the finish.
Jow (2406) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought this for my beloved patriots MNF game. Pours black with nice head and lacing. Nose is of dark fruits. Tastes great of plums, cola, vanilla, pepper, cloves, rum, and earthy goodness. Loved it more than I thought
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is fruit, malt, caramel, with lesser amounts of chocolate and spices. Flavor is caramel, fruit, chocolate, coffee, oak, an spices. Medium body. Surprisingly good.
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL (I think) bottle. Poured clear deep brown with garnet highlights and a short, tight-bubbled tan head. The aroma picked up rich darker fruits and figs paired with baker’s chocolate, brandy, and lovely oak.. star anise and related peppery spices accented.. just the right amount of alcohol warmth on the back of the nose.. lovely! The flavor opened with tart oak and peppery notes, with warm, dry-roasted dark chocolates, molasses, and a hint of vanilla rolling in behind.. lots of anise, oak, and fruity yeast on the memorable finish.. really good stuff! Medium-bodied with smooth, rolling carbonation on the palate.. spicy and sour where it needed to be.. this came together very well, and I’ll have to get more.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Light toasted malty flavor with a quick finish