BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a near black body, medium size retentive off brown, tan head. Aromas of licorice, marshmallow and milk chocolate, estery, dried raisins, chalky roast, mild oak and maple. Fudge. Flavors are woody, chalky, roasted nuts, bitter and ashy roast, char, barrel, mildly thin, tobacco, nutty. Mild yeast. Rustic. Honestly a bit bland and light on barrel. Quite dry, roasty, nutty coffee, medium-low body. Fuller carbonation
jimhilt (2436) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, faint ruby highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is chocolate, hints of caramel and bourbon. Bottle conditioned 2012, $6.79 for a 22oz bottle from Bertís Better Beers Hooksett, NH
LinusStick (2900) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An average beer. Aroma was nice. Strong bubblegum and Belgian yeast with not much else. Pour was a dark brown/near black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was not very full. Mostly Belgian yeast with notes of dark roasted malt and a heavy wood flavor. As it warmed the wood became more pronounced but could not detect any notes of bourbon which was disappointing. Nice carbonation rounds the beer out.
smith4498 (3112) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer snifter. Pours very dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, chocolate, oak, vanilla and some alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with some chocolate, Belgian yeast and some alcohol. The barrel hasnít really added much and I donít get much, if any, of the bourbon. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but I was hoping for much more influence from the bourbon barrels.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with small head. Aroma wood, stone fruits, alcohol, chocolate. Taste mirrors aroma mostly strong on sweetness, bourbon, lively on tongue. Dry sweet malt, chocolate sticky finish
Advocate_Ames (448) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting scent. I picked up on dark fruit, roasted malts, wood, vanilla, sweet bourbon, and chocolate. As for taste, the yeast and charred wood stands out. The malts follow those notes and a slight bourbon flavor with a very minimal sweetness appears. The sweetness could be caramel, fruit, or sugar. Either way it barely shows up and sticks around. The finish leaves a malty taste in my mouth which isnít bad. There is a low to a medium bitterness in this drink. Overall the Zinneke is not a home run but it is enjoyable.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with beige head. Aroma roasted malt, mocha. Medium full body, small alcohol presence. Flavors toasty malt, caramel sweetness, touch of wood and dark fruits. Nothing particularly wrong, not great.
obguthr (4165) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hot grape and prune aroma, weak. Mahogany, medium tan head. Roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavor with plum accents. Bread toast present. Medium body with a coffee finish. Not very sweet, no candi at all, probably overly toasty for the style. A very American take on a Belgian style ale, but delightfully so.
dlbeer (846) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Dark brown pour. Smells of wheat, roasted malt and slight chocolate. Tastes like a wheat beer mixed with stout. Very interesting and very good.
Tmoney99 (11218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and vanilla wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.