ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/9/2013.11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.
A: Pours a very dark brown with good opacity due to the haziness of the yeast. Huge yeast particles settle on the bottom of the glass. This features really impressive head retention for 12% - I poured it about 4 minutes ago and thereís still a solid off-white colored film left on top.
S: The first thing I notice is huge dark fruit sweetness, along with lighter fruit esters and even some faded hops. After a while, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate will enter the picture. Thereís a noticeable oxidation to the aroma, giving it both a stronger fruit vibe along with an underlying soy note to it. The alcohol presence is mercurial; itís about what I expected.
T: Flavors start off with a lot of ripe cherries and wheat malt. Afterwards, it shows hints of soy sauce (in a mild, pleasing fashion), chocolate, ripe pear, and apple. Not quite as deep, or even as intensely flavored as I expected. Once it warms up, it becomes more and more boozy without really contributing much complexity, and after a while becomes even sweeter; though it also becomes spicier in the finish as well. So yeah, this does have a bit of complexity and depth to it. Warts and all, this is a hell of an experience - and honest to God, itís enjoyable.
M: At the first sip, itís just about the silkiest damn thing Iíve ever put in my mouth. After a while, it becomes a bit more astringent and even boozy. Combined with the carbonation, it features that subtle íairy sponge cakeí quality to the texture. While itís hard for me to taste the alcohol, itís very easy to notice on the tongue, esophagus, and stomach - the syrupy finish doing its job to an extent.
O: Fresh, Iím sure the booze would knock my tongue out, but itís done a good job of evolving into something soft and mellow...ish. I seriously canít imagine how boozy this would be with only a month or two of age on it. The warmer it gets, the harsher it gets - and the less I want to drink it. Worth a try, but drink cold!
Karstenborg (374) - DENMARK - JAN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is malt and liqorice. Taste is sweet with notes of malt and marzipan
pacv27 (12) - - JAN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color. Rich malty smell with very smooth and complex taste. Bit of an alcohol burn at the end, but still very tasty.
alkolord (133) - - JAN 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Schwarz im Glas, feinporiger schaum, süßlich malzig schokoladig in der Nase, cremig im Antrunk, sehr massig, Röstaromen schokolade, schön süßlich. Wunderbares Dessert bier
MunBro (570) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very, very rich, sugary and boozy (in a good way). Notes of brown sugar, caramel, plumbs, figs, dates, currants, fruitcake, spices, etc.
Rammer (155) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good. Little sweet , wheats and strong. caramel in flavor and aftertaste.
susonagger (11) - spain, - JAN 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 De color caoba, casi negro. El aroma recuerda a ciruelas maduras con un toque de almendras amargas y de mazapŠn que muestran las caracterŪsticas fuertes de la banana y clavo. Completa y digestiva, ideal despuťs de un gran plato. Va muy bien con Crepes Suzette, profiteroles con salsa de chocolate negro, el tiramisķ y el queso parmesano maduro.
Rodriguez (312) - Quito, ECUADOR - JAN 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark amber brown, low head retention, hazy. Fruity, prune, caramel, banana, spicy aroma and flavor. Strong alcohol taste but well balanced, medium high body. A complex strong beer for a special moment, not for every day.
islay (1276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-4-15. I bought this beer within the last few weeks, so, unless it was on the shelf at the store for a long time, it shouldnít have much age on it. Medium brown with slight maroon hue. Hazy. Large amount of long-lasting, smooth taupe head with the slightest lavender tint. Good-looking beer. Tart, citric aroma features scents of toffee, orange, and gingerbread. The aroma is good but somewhat disappointing, as it is not outstandingly complex or strong. Very interesting, malty taste. Flavors of licorice, toffee, ginger, gingerbread, orange, molasses, brown sugar, cookie, and various spices. Quite strong, and I feel the alcohol burn in my throat. Medium to full body (not as full as ABV would suggest, but quite full for a wheat beer). Smooth and soft in the palate. Overall, this is a good beer, and it does have a unique taste, but it doesnít rise above the field as I was hoping and expecting. I have been wanting to get around to this beer for a long time, and Iím glad I tried it, but I canít help but be disappointed even while enjoying the beer in an absolute sense (though not relative to my high expectations).
ffaoe (269) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
malty, slight alcohol aroma. dark brown in color, fast fading head. very strong malt flavor or darker caramel malts, slight sweetness, good body.
einherjar (65) - CROATIA - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,33 l bottle. Brown color with medium beige head. Aroma banana, caramel, brown sugar. Full body, complex taste of sweet malts, banana, caramel, wheat hint. Very balanced taste. Alcohol well hidden, I couldnít guess itís 12%.