ThisWangsChung (747) - 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!
SlimHabib (223) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is dark malts, raisins, prunes, black licorice, and alcohol. Full body. Strong complex taste. Raisins, alcohol, cough drop, and dark malts.
Beerhammaren (1161) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
.33l bottle @ Vihreš Haltiatar
Pours cloudy brown with medium off-white head. Aroma is banana, wheat alcohol, raisin and malts. Flavor is sweet malts, bread, banana, wheat and alcohol. Well balanced beer! Warming mouth feel. Swell!
JefVerstraete (1571) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker. Murky brown colour, small beige head. Soft carbonation. Aroma of plums, banana, toffee and caramel. Fruity with sweet aftertaste. Warming alcoholic finish. Good, but a tad too sweet in my opinion.
thellgren (308) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Brown colour, big head. Taste is very complex with sweet dark malts, some hops and some fruits or bananas from the yeast. Wait, this has 12% alcohol? Does not taste that strong, so beware when you drink it.
killroy (63) - BULGARIA - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bottle at home. Hazy brown color with creamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Taste of toffee, some alcohol, banana may be. Interesting.
charule (1247) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Loreley. Poured dark brown with min head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit prunes burnt sugar. Light carb med bod. Tastes pretty boozy with dark maltyness.
Turboninja (96) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aroma with banana, sweet fruits and caramel. Dark brown/orange with hazy liquid. Minimal, natural white head. Strong, very balanced taste with dominating banana, caramel, toffee and fruits. Alcohol quite present but stylishly in background. Wide taste spectrum and long aftertaste with banana, sweet fruits and caramel. Thick/medium palate with medium/light carbonation. Overall a "supercharged Aventinus". A hint of extra malts and thickness could be rewarded by 5.
BitchPls (590) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown beer with a dark beige foam. Banana, yeast, ash, bread, caramel aromas. Reminds you of sahti aromawise. Crispy mouthfeel. Banana, a lot of sweet liquorice and a little bit saltiness as well. Has a twist of anis too. A lot of flavor and spicyness. The strong taste makes this a slow beer for peaceful moments.
HomerBeerOdysy (39) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, 2-finger head that dissipates. Foamy. A little lacing.
AROMA/SCENT - Fruits, grass, sweet.
TASTE - Malts, yeast, sweet, nutty.
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, little carbonation, smooth, creamy, syrupy.
VALUE - $6.49 for 11.2 oz - good for an import.
OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A likable dark beer. Not overly boozy. Goes down nice.
msbernac (760) - POLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma-fruits, alcohol, caramel, toffee, honey
Appearance-brown, hazy, tan foam,
Taste- lightly sour, lightly bitter, heavy cloying sweetness,
Palate-full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,