tastybeer (1852) - Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby pour, tan head. Excellent retention/lace. Aroma of dark fruit, plum, molasses, ester. Taste is sweet, molasses, plum, cherry. Palate is soft, dry. Boozy.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
such a delicious brew. marshmallow, caramel, cocoa, cola, yeast, pumperknickel... a firm earthiness in there too, that lingers. almost peaty. damn. one of my favouritest beers to date.
hawthorne00 (3052) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 13C. Clear dark brown with a good coat of beige head that lasts in a Westmalle glass. Aroma of plums, prunes, raisins, dough, caramel, banana, cloves. Medium bodied, creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Sweet with red fruits, some banana, brown sugar. Spices (unfortunately) don’t wait until the gently bitter finish. Has nice fruity liveliness but wants for grunt (or for this sort of thing, I suppose that’s lacks majestic presence) underneath. Alcohol well integrated and mostly hidden. Pretty good.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep ruby, moderate frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Big bready nose.   Some dark pitted fruit, assuming its mainly plums.   Heavy breadiness, semi-sweet, dark pitted fruit galore.   Warming, but
not alcoholic.   Almost could use some more sweetness to counteract the huge whole wheat breadiness.   Not big in body either, seems somewhat moderate.   Clean finish, bready, plums, dark pitted fruit.   Just feels like
to me to be a really big Abbey Dubbel.   Tasty, very flavorful, but needs more sweetness.
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours smooth but not thick dark brown with a short, khaki head. Immediate aroma of plums, dried dark fruit, toasty malts, chocolate powder and brow sugar. Taste is quite sweet, dark fruits with a toasty malt, backed by a bready yeast. Light bitterness on the way down. Nice be
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Brown with small head. Lots of dark fruit in this. Sweet and lightly boozy. Chewy. Good, but not great for the style.
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [12.7oz]. Pours a very dark reddish-brown with an average size semi-lasting fizzy tan head. Nice aroma of caramel, dark fruit (plums, prunes, raisins and more), Belgian yeast, some candi sugar, light spices and more. Flavour’s just as nice, sweet and fruity along with Belgian yeast, a hint of spice, caramel and some alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Quite nice and really enjoyable.
Gramoit (378) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can certainly see why people like this to a Christmas cake. Big dark fruit taste along with sweet toffee and some spices. Syrupy mouthfeel. Enjoyed this as much as the Ovila without plums.
jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very dark brown or almost black with a beige head that holds nicely. Nose is heavy on toffee, plums, caramel, brown sugar and other dark fruit. Smells like a liquid Christmas pudding. Has a biscuity touch too. Taste is once again like a Christmas cake, very chewy with the toffee and biscuit prominent too. Very solid beer.
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FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a one-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a very burnt, opaque amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep plum stained, concentrated amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruit focused with concentrated prune notes, floral plum notes, bright raisin aromatics, and just lots of dark fruit character that is quite bright. The fruitiness is accentuated by a sweet clove spiciness towards the end of the aroma.
Sweet tasting, which is backed by a drying effervescence, and a spicy finish, the beer is actually fairly dry for a beer of this strength, which is certainly a plus in a beer of this style. Ample fruit notes reminiscent of dried plums, raisins, spicy figs, and lots of caramelized fruit notes are found in this beer. The finish has a spiciness to it that starts out as clove, but has a long finish that is peppery, and perhaps even a touch of something like ginger; though the pepper notes really do seem to linger on the palate for quite some time. Deep caramelized candy sugar notes, fermented molasses, fig syrup, some soft butterscotch notes, as well as a combination of things that reminds me slightly of Dr. Pepper.
Quite nice, this really hides its alcohol quite well, and drinks way smoother than a beer of this strength should. I like the ample fruitiness that this beer has, it works quite well with the rich caramelized malt / sugar notes.