BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle and served in Unibroue tulip: Pours a very deep brown hue with an initial huge foamy beige head and okay lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, crystal and roasted malts along with some tropical fruit hops (Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe blend perhaps?). A fair amount of Belgian yeastie esters and even a nose of lacto sourness too. The taste started a tad light tart fruit with a roasted and chocolate background. Sounds great right... well the problem here is the lack of depth and not helped by an over-carbonated tongue. I am now thinking Citra more than Nelson due to the "lemon pledge" overtone on the finish but yet it still "white winey", I dunno but something missed the mark here. A watery overly acidic, homebrew extract, Belgian Porter, yeah that is it! Everything about this beer should be right up my alley but the whole experience is utterly disappointing. No respectable farmhouse would be serving this brew.
LesArgen (304) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of plum, cherry, grapefruit, chocolate, malt and coffee. Taste of coffee, raisin, chocolate, and some funky farmhouse flavours, with a slightly watery aftertaste. It’s a bit of a stretch to call this a farmhouse ale methinks, but who cares if it tastes good?
GoufCustom (1470) - HONG KONG - MAY 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.
Looks: Clear deep Cola blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with notable very slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant dark malt, with moderate funk, barnyards, strong caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, cream, light sugar, strong yeast, thin lemon and light grass.
Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, burnt caramel, burnt toast, strong molasses, alcohol, strong dark chocolate, black coffee, floral, strong earth, spices, strong Bel yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and grass.
Body: Mid to full body. Very slick and smooth palate.
Mouth Feel: Strong dark maltyness in pretty creamy background. Strong roastyness with lots of burnt caramel and toast. Very sweet and quite boozy but well match by strong dark chocolates and light black coffee. Earthy, spicy yeasty with sharp lemon to round. Very nice!
Hoppiness: Thin lemon and light grass in nose. Strong earth, spices, sharp lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent sweet bitter finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, burnt and strong bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one is very interesting - a Dark Belgian fused with some funk in araoma, lots of burnt toasty sweet maltyness with strong Bel yeast and earthy citrusy sharp hoppiness. Has a snobbish feel but taste-wise it’s quite balanced and bursting with strong flavors. Will buy again!
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep dark brown. Aroma is full of sweet roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate. Taste is very smooth, and has a coffee/chocolate flavor kind of hoppy.
CacheManyHose (554) - HONG KONG - APR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank w Matt after Orange Peel drumming gig. Opaque black with creamy beige-tan head and big streaky legs. Smells of funky dark malt, pear, lightly sour in a fermented way, chocolate. Interesting combination of flavours in the nose. Tastes of burnt dark malt, moderate sourness, quite a bit of Belgian yeast, gentle clove and spice, very faint coffee/chocolate. Body is smooth, frothy, pepper/clove, bitter. Unusual to have funky sour yeast paired with burnt coffee malt, quite good.
HKdIPA (632) - HONG KONG - APR 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Craftissimo at home after drum performance. Dark black pour with puffy tan head. Aroma is a bit farmy, a bit roasty, some earthy hops - subtle but nice. Taste is very round - a bit of everything. Some roasted dark chocolate-ish malt, some bitter hops, some farmy yeasty flavors, some spice and clove, some booze. Smooth but not rich palate with nice carbonation. Very interesting.
ByTheirLimpin (263) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tumbler. January 2014 bottling. Didn’t catch it until I was pouring, but it held up. Dark ruby brown in the glass. Nose was vacant. Palate was intriguing. Little sweet blackberry somewhere up front. All barnyard and malts thrift through the middle. Complex, sticky. Little fine fizz to the syrupy mouth. Yum.
altonbrownd (5281) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Dark brown body with slight head. Nose is oaky, plums, berries, caramel, malts. Really nice. Taste very malty, roasty and plummy too. Nice smooth texture. A really clean beer. Want to drink slow and enjoy.
Garrold (3919) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Mother Kelly’s, Bethnal Green. Dark, cola brown. Film of beige head. Nose has blackberry. Blackcurrant. Hint of liquorice. Some notes of chocolate. Taste is light sweet. Hint of dryness. Hint of roast bitterness. Good body. Smooth. Light, fruity bitter finish. Nice one.
Swamp_Thing (49) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well balanced and complex. Sweet and yeasty with fruity aftertaste. Goes down alomost too easy, but a memorable beer.
Linnet (1600) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belgian yeast, malty, jam, earth, lightly roasty, alcohol.
Ruby red, dark Brown, no head.
Mid-sweet, lightly bitter, salty, ABV well integrated. Bit simplistic.
Medium body, soft carbonation, sweetish finish.