Bamaboy1975 (194) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: Utter, complete, total perfection. Caramel syrup with cotton foam. Extremely thick. There is complete darkness; no light gets through when held up to light.
Smell: Bananas. Cloves. Chocolate. Bubblegum. Smells like a hef on steroids. Sweet maple syrup with a hint of pine. Smells like whiskey when it warms.
Taste/Mouthfeel: This stuff is strong. Extremely full-bodied. Pine, caramel, cloves, and a hint of maple hit you first. Then the bourbon, vanilla, and oak, followed by plum and banana. Some coffee in the finish. Tastes like an IPA, hef, and stout all in one.
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tadahster (95) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant when cold. Starts to develop some more undesirable plum flavours later.
Douberd (1227) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 330 ml, poured into a snifter. ABV 12%
Impressive deep red ruby to brown colour on the body, with a tall and thick off-white to light brown head. Good retention, light lacing on the glass.
Very complex aroma, lots of dark fruits, then red grapes, port wine aroma, raisins, light alcohol that makes the aromas even stronger, ripe pears, sugar.
Very complex taste as well, on one sip one of the above, on the next all of the above together, on the third something new like the light banana taste. Alcohol is more notable here, both as a light burnig on the tongue and as a warming feeling on the body.
Full, thick body, with good carbonation. A little bit sticky on the palate.
Overall an impressive beer on all levels. The complexity of aroma and flavour reminded me of the best trappist beers. Really great and for an unbeatable price.
kbudd19 (252) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, thick foamy head that settles down to minimal layer with tiny little bubbles. Aroma is big syrupy malty sweetness, it’s thick even in the nosterals. Taste is rasins, some spice a bit of harshness from the booze as it warms some butterscotch and nuttiness comes through and the harshness tempers off. Good stuff.
tricksta_p (271) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky deep brown with a light tan head. Aroma of wheat, caramel, banana, sugary, dark fruits, plum, raisins, malts. A bit wine-like, with noticeable alcohol in the finish. Beautiful beer, will definitely drink this again this season.
Digzis (28) - Nancy, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Texture hyper huileuse ! On le voit dès que l’on sert la bière. Presque du miel... Un couleur brun sombre. Des goûts de banane séchée, de caramel et de fruits rouges assez intenses. Un goût bien long en bouche et une présence réchauffante de l’alcool.
Très bon mais pas forcément adapté à tous les types d’apéro... A découvrir !
Attention, ça nourrit pas mal : deux bières de ce type et vous avez fait votre repas !
ajnepple (1092) - Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount. Deep brown appearance with a light tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with caramel, sugar, chocolate, bread, clove, banana, dark fruity esters, syrup, alcohol and yeast. Similar flavor, heavy sweetness and minimal bitterness, mostly hiding the alcohol. Medium to full body with a creamy feel and soft carbonation. Too sweet for me.
azlondon (1250) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark brown, slightly murky. Good amount of tan head.
Aroma: Wheat, slightly burnt. Fruit, maltiness? Slight alcohol.
Taste: Fruit, some sweetness and alcohol. Pretty good.
Info: 330ml bottle, 3/12-2013, BB: 7/8-2018
tmzl (9) - SLOVENIA - DEC 2, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Nice, equal foam, light, goes away fast
Dark amber, brown, dark wood-like color
Cloudy, yeast visible, light carbonation
Looks like some barley wine/trappist beers, inviting
S - Very nice - first some figs, plums, raisins, then the alcohol note hits the nerves, feels like you smell these dried fruit soaked in rum - sweet and potent. There is a hint of something slightly acid - wine like, and some apple almost fusel notes.
T - Very impressive and rich. It starts with in rum soaked raisins, plums, prunes, reminds me of plum wine or maybe Porto, definitely some brandy/oak notes in there. A lot of sweet, malty, caramel taste. There is a hint of banana and slight sour/wine notes. It gets a little spicy, probably do to high alcohol content which kicks out slightly towards the end but sums up all the flavours very very good. Gets yeasty towards the end.
M - Medium, heavy at the end body; low carbonation, palate fullness; there is warming from the high alcohol content - it is felt after you swallow.
O - Incredibly rich, complex yet finely tuned beer. 12% alcohol content is well incorporated into the flavour and it’s presence enhances the experience and all the complexity of this incredible beer. Very impressive.
blackisle (332) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a reddish hue, fine frothy tan head, vanishes rather quick, thin rim remains, good lacing; sweet roasty nose, very complex aroma, brown sugar, licorice, dark fruit, raisin, caramel, clove, cinnamon, coffee, herbs, woody; roasty sweetness, mild bitter undertones, sugary, dark fruit, caramel, alcohol; yeasty mouthfeel, heavy body, creamy roasted texture, average carbonation; full sweet malty finish, with hints of coffee, cloves and dark fruit. At the end a shot of alcohol and pepper...
sfuen03 (218) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick, dark brown colour, average brown head. Aroma remembers of sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, raisins, dark fruits. Body is full, creamy, alcoholic. Low carbonation and long sweet finish. Taste is amazingly balanced: sugar, cinnamon, bread, black fruit.