tia (1474) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Sierra NC. Brown with red highlights and thin head. Smells dark & fruity and a tad boozy. Flavor follows. Big & desserty.
arminjewell (9142) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Churchkey, dark brownish pour with red hues, off white head, aroma brought notes of dark sugars, caramel, toffee, some red fruit into dark fruit, some yeast and spicy notes. Taste was sweet plum, raisin, dark fruit into sugar, caramel, some molasses with hint of spice, finishing sweet.
WVHouseofBeer (961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ovila is a good beer, this is borderline excellent. The plums are evident from the nose all the way to the finish -- sweet dark sugars mix well with the nature of the fruit and creates a luscious flavor upon a heavy medium body that supports the big flavors with a strong malt backbone. If you get a chance to try this, donít hesitate.
woodychevy (744) - - APR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Taste at Mills River taproom. Good, and huge. Dried fruit (plums, raisins balsamic) balanced by the sweetness of malts. Belgian notes there but not overpowering. Somewhat slick mouthfeel. Pretty boozy but a nice sipper. More of a winter beer.
raoul_duke (221) - - MAR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at hopleaf. Dark black to purple appearance. Decent head which sticks around. The smell is pungent plum, refreshing! Taste is really odd. Not exactly in a bad way, but odd. It isnít a stout and isnít a radler and isnít ale-ish. The flavor is good, Iíve decided. Not very alcoholic despite the abv, which is awesome. The mouthfeel is ale and the flavor is stout. Would sip again.
cathcacr (645) - Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance stout/porter-like, mild partly-tarty aroma, flavor partly reminds me of dark cola, smooth finish. I was hoping for more sweetness. Overall enjoyability influenced by booze content, so I tried to adjust for that.
OmegaX (1364) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Aroma is Belgian yeast, spices, fruity plum and prune notes, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is similar. Very fruity and loads of influence from the yeast. Not overly sweet. Nice!!
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nicely done. Has that monkish sacred taste to it. Pours dark brown/maroon with good head and lacing. Big plum aroma with floral yeast and raisin hints. Some booze and light oak in finish. Quite bitter after a few sips on the long-term aftertaste. A little too much. Some sweetness. Tap at pizza paradiso Dupont.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Thanks, Chris. Mix of nearly-black & dark ruby-red throughout the body. Decent translucency when held to the light. Smell, creamy khaki head sifts across the top. No surprise that plums dominate the aroma. Slightly chalky & medicinal quality on the nose. Mild phenols. Juicy plum, hints of cacao, molasses, spicy Belgian yeast, clove, a touch gummy. Flavor is heavy; dates, figs, PLUMS, black licorice, borderline cloying Candi sugar sweetness... Sadly I get that same medicinal quality on the palate, especially towards the back-end. Finishes with notes of chewed up vitamins, molasses, Belgian yeast, Candi sugar, & plums. Heavy bodied. Strange, not a huge fan of quads to begin with, but the vitamin-esque qualities of this are pretty hard to look past.
DSG (9561) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[2/14/15] Draught at Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room in Berkeley. Dark brown. Aroma of dark fruits, spicy phenols, licorice and a faint roasty hint. Sweet flavor, kinda boozy, with alcohol, dark fruits and some phenolic spiciness. Medium-bodied.