OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alight cloudy brown pour with a large off-white head. Has aroma of banana and nuts. flavor was malty but very pleasing. A great choice for any occasion.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Flying Pie on Fairview: This wonderfully expensive ($5 for 12 oz) and tasty beer is cloudy brown as seen in the picture. It has rich aromas of dates, figs and olives. It has other complexities in the tastes such as a small dose of saddle soap and grass clipping. It has a sweet finish and hides the 8% alcohol well. It has a slight silage aftertaste that flirts with a hefeweizen. Pretty good.
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 This beer is very similar to and is as complex tasting as some of the best Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I’ve had. It has a little more Caramel malt flavors tho and a stronger banana /yeasty ester flavor base. A damn Good brew no doubt. A little on the sweet side, but in this beer that isn’t a bad thing at all, in fact it defines the brew.
jhliesen (818) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle-Yum, drank it before I ever looked up the ratings, so I was happily surprised. The aroma was mostly fruity bananas with a touch of clove. The plate was perfect leaving behind a touch of sour on the back of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Great stuff.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Really good beer. Aroma was sweet fruity even, chocolate. Appearance was very impressive. Extremely dark with nice thick head. Palate was smooth and full bodied. Flavor was a rich sweetness of fruit and chocolate. Very well balanced. Excellent!
pik5el (53) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bursting with aroma of figs, walnut and maple, lightly coated with melon overtones. Burnt copper color, with light bubbly quickly dissipating head. Clear. Solid flavor, fruity without really tasting like fruit. Banana, and some fig provides a taste of sweetness coupled nicely with clove. Amazingly good balance, with the flavor and carbonation as well. little bubbles floating up like champaigne throughout the drink. A great beer!
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really interesting style of beer. I just kind of stumbled on it while considering my next batch of home brew. I found a clone recipe and was lucky enough to find a commercial version to try. The head does not linger or is it long lasting as described...for this one the carbonation is locked in. There’s some fruitiness in the aroma that is beating around the bush. You don’t get a good sense for it until you take a sip. The effervescent bubbles finally show up and the aroma comes to life. This one is fruity and slightly tart on the tongue. I can taste cherries and other spices. The malt flavors come through but is nicely balanced by the adjuncts. The alcohol plays a bigger role that it should in the taste but overall this is a really good beer.
hatchy (32) - USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet herby aroma with hints of clove and vanilla, cloudy brown color with a thick, creamy head. complex flavor, a bit sweet, hints of clove, banana, spices
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a humongous off-white head on a slightly cloudy golden-brown body. Strong malty aroma with lots of banana, nuts and spices. Very yeasty. Strong malty-banana taste on a spicy, thick body that coats the inside of the mouth.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 Bottle on 04/03/2011 from Once Upon a Vine - South. Murky dark brown body with a medium creamy off-white head with lacing clinging to the glass. Rich spice, caramel, bananas and fruit aroma. Sweet spice flavor, some caramel, bready and toasty malt with light banana. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/3/16 - 3.8
01/07/2006 - Cloudy brown color with a thick creamy light brown head. Aroma of spice and bananas. Malty flavor with hints of caramel and bananas. 9/4/8/3/16 - 4.0