zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can’t remember who to thank for this bottle...sorry! Pours a rich brown color, quite opaque as well. Head is tan and thin with a modest amount of lacing. Aroma is rich with lots of raisin and dark fruit tones. Very slight toasted malt note as well. Flavor is very rich with lots of dark fruit and malt. Very nicely balanced with a great palate feel! Slight warm notes in the back of the throat. I really, really like this beer! It’s very delicious in every aspect!
ReggieDunlap (3025) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a clear amber/ruby color with a medium whikte head. aroma is loaded with fig and raisin...sweet. flavor follows suit...fresh figgy notes...a bit one dimensional. mouthfeel is medium/full with a figgy finish that actually isnt as sweet as the up front flavors.
dmac (3913) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml cork and caged bottle that I’ve been sitting on for several years broke out during the willblake’s in NJ tasting. Poured a deep red/brown body with an average to smaller foamy beige head. Aroma had a slight touch of oxidation sneaking in, lots of caramel and vanilla, toffee, slight cardboard gameboard, raisin and date bread. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering flavor that finishes with strong carbonation. Flavor of raisin and date bread, toffee, caramel, molasses, and a touch of vanilla. Really impressed how nicely this one held up, except for slight oxidation on the nose this was superb.
jtclockwork (7988) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dmac. Pours caramel brown with off white head. Nose/taste of prune cake, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, baked bread and buttered biscuit. Ever so slight oxidation doesn’t detract. It’s still drinking very well but I probably wouldn’t hold on to it much longer. Medium body.
cpetrone84 (1330) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice transparent red with a thin tan head. The nose is of sweet red apple skins with a nice light tartness. Toasted grains play in as well with a hint of a rye like spice. Incredible nose, extremely well integrated and robust. The flavor is great, not quite as bright as the nose. Tart red apple skins with a touch of sweet sugary caramel. Toasted grains and that same spicy rye note with a touch of oxidation that adds depth rather than detracts from flavor. Thick full body with an effervescent feel from assertive carbonation. Fantastic stuff!
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL thanks to glouglouburp. The pour is a muddy mahogany with a large, suddy yellow head. Good lace. Nose is raisin, toffee, must/cellar notes, black cherries, De Dolle Oerbier yeast. Lemon, fresh funkiness, Belgian yeast notes. Taste is awesome- somewhere between De Dolle Oerbier and Abbaye De Rocs Quadrupel with a rich, chocolatey dessert profile. Figs, dates, black cherry reminding me a lot of Westvleteren 8 with its muted booziness, spice, and ultra rich palate. Huge creaminess. Very Trappist in profile. Incredible stuff.
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruchtig-malziger Antrunk, der etwas eigen, aber sehr harmonisch erscheint. Die Malzigkeit setzt sich vollmundig fort und wird würzig-röstig mit leicht alkoholischer Süße. Später klingen die Aromen eher unauffällig aus. /11/11/12//12
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 dark red-plum, thin bubbled white head. Caramel sweet flavor, lightly tart but not offensively so, red apple skin, super wheat hearty toast with dry grain but lightly tart red apple sweetness brings levity, golden raisin. Foamy body obscures front palate, mid is rustic, toasty, bit mineral quality, light oxidation, red apple skin and fruits through, honey, very sweet, warm, but balanced. Oxidation a bit present. Stunning meld overall, More toasty than most De Dolle and not as peppery or sour, but similarly brilliant. If not for overly foamy body and substantial oxidation in finish, it would rank among my very favorite.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ugly dark brown, nice tan head... Off toffee, plastic, generic... Taste of generic coffee, not good... Past its prime
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the big “SeaBass has got to go” tasting courtesy of thecheeseman. Pours slightly murky copper with nice tan head. The aroma is nice and sweet with molasses, apple cider and thick malt sweet sweetness (yes sweet sweetness). The taste is similar, very nice, starting with earthiness and quickly picking up molasses, thick sticky maltiness, prunes, ice cider slickness and a sense of muted and aged roasted malts.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from New Beer Distributors. Pour is a very dark and dusted brown, foamy white head atop. A very biscuity brew... predominately graham cracker, figs, molasses, toffee, some dark fruit. Full bodied, well crafted.