SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Dark brown color with a smallish beige head. Retention isnít that great. Lots of dried fruit soaked in alcohol and some chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is more boozy dried fruit, burnt sugar and spice, and a little smokey chocolate. Body is medium with fizzy carbonation. They did the style well, but this somehow still lacks a real soul. Itís just so hard to copy someone elseís style this closely and come off as original. And without originality, why should I buy your beer? The price certainly isnít convincing... This and the dubbel are both fine beers (the saison was a miss...) but at $10 a bottle, I have a few Belgian beers that are still going to take priority every time.
Emeister84 (1534) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of raisins, dried cherries, figs. Dark red-black with a somewhat lasting beige head. Fruity, somewhat sweet, some booze. Full bodied.
wlajwl (4531) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is toasted malts, caramel and dark malts. The flavor is dark fruit/plums, dark malts and a mix of sour and Belgian yeast in the finish.
hbchrist (74) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this into at the brewery in north Carolina. It was way too sweet for me, and I really like malty beers.
chucklemation (729) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark mahogany with no foam head. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is dark fruits, caramel, and booze. A bit too boozy for my tastes, but still pretty enjoyable.
drdisque (626) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Fiddlerís hearth. Rich very fruity. Nice malt balance. Prune and caramel flavors. Good but lacking some in overall tastiness/"it" factor.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, corked and caged, from Happyís Market, Ellensburg, WA
Cloudy darker shade of blond with small compact head. The aroma presents some bubblegum, banana, vegetables; and Iím not in the mood to forgive this un-Belgian idea. Smooth mouthfeel; indiscernible malt flavor, with little residual sweetness, vegetables, phenol, some spicy yeast, and topped with a hint of alcohol.
Ericular (775) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour a surprisingly dark brown with lasting fine-grained head and lacing. Aroma is dusty and sweet, with plenty of dark fruits and toasted sugary sweetness, anchored by a hint of the smell of an old wooden house. Taste is also sweet with candi sugar and bananas drowned in toffee. Finish transforms nicely into sweet roasted coffee malts. Palate goes down thin but the spiced dryness keeps it from being fleeting. Overall, this is a dark and sweet sipper with no immediate indication of the alcohol aside from some mild warming. Nice stuff!
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In this day and age of overly alcoholic beers for no other reason than to be cloying and one note, itís nice to come across one that hides the booze and layers some complexity. A true warmer this one is with dark stone fruits, toasted sugars, spice and light roast mingling around a vale of light musk/leather. Sweet and rich with some dryness pulling things back... light acidity almost there for nothing more than balance and a pleasant lingering finish. Quite good and very drinkable which is quite dangerous given its 10%+.
Smoothsippin (36) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a beige head. Spicy on the nose, pleasantly so. Smooth mouthfeel with the spices taking over, which follows through on the swallow. Aftertaste lingers. Very nice.
MosquitoPilot (8) - Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from premium draught. Great nose canít hide the alcohol. Dark fruit, yeast, chocolate, pleasant carbonation. Very enjoyable