glennmastrange (2465) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate roasted, nutty and and milk chocolate for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate to heavy dough for the yeast, with background notes of fig, date, toffee and brown sugar. Head is tiny, wispy, with a spot or two of lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is murky medium brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy verging on syrupy and an almost flat carbonation. Very tasty Belgian Strong Ale, but I guess this went a little flat in the bottle Would have been a much better beer with so much as a soft carbonation.
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy amber with a small tan head. The aroma has lots of toffee and brown sugar up front. There is also earthy Belgian yeast, chestnuts and rich malt. I don’t noticed the floral items listed on the nose. It has a medium / full body that is rich and smooth with very soft gentle carbonation. The flavor begins with rich maltiness and Belgian notes from the aroma. A bit of the rose shows to smooth things out. The finish has some spice and gentle floral aspects. There is a mineral aspect as well. It hides the alcohol quite well. Good beer.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. Pours a hazy amber. Thin white head. Yeasty with some bready notes. Very sweet. Malty. Very nice beer.
MadRobin (2442) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 5 oz. pour at Max's in the Fell's Point district, Baltimore, MD.
Hazy, medium amber with an off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt, spice, apples, yeast and brown sugar.
Taste of caramel, cloves, spice, light fruit, bread, nuts and brown sugar.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
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fidelis83 (2213) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium ruddy brown pour with a thin beige head. aroma is sort of all over the place, lots of sweet floral and tree fruit, toasty, chocolate, pale toffee, malted milk, honey, sweet nectarine/plum, light caramel and a bit of hearty granola and cereal grain. Flavor is similarly crazy, lots of sweet toffee and malt, YooHoo chocolate, toffee and caramel, more nectarine and plum, with a slightly more tart and earthy apricot/tart peach, black pepper, and a sort of old lady perfume meets peppercorn and seedy berry finish. The mouthfeel is weird, medium body with a slick but sticky creaminess that is somewhere between a mouthful of blood, a sweet red wine and a barely carbonated Barley Wine. All weirdness aside, I enjoyed this beer well enough, not worth the price everyday, (I think $7.99/375ml) but definitely an interesting enough random assortment of sensations to warrant a one time purchase for me. Kinda looks like movie prop poo water, though.
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Listed on the label as 9.0% rather than 10.0%
Pours the cloudy brown of unfiltered cider with almost no head whatsoever. Sour wheaty nose, some perfume but I don’t get the complexity lauded in the commercial deScription. Given the aroma, the beer is remarkably sweet in taste, warm malts atop mulled plum wine (OK, I’m totally bs-ing there but it sounds good). Raisins and spice. Characteristic Stillwater metallic close. Full body, some alcohol heat late. Far from a drainpour, but I’m just not all that impressed with this one.
gEUS (1543) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle at home - taken from notes (15/03/2011). Pours clear brown with a fluffy head, nose is full of toasty malts, Sweet body, malty flavours. mmm-okay.
teorn88 (4057) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Paul. It pours a deep caramel colour with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet with toffee, caramel and dried fruits. Some peachy hoppiness. Taste is mostly sweet with burnt caramel, figs and plums. Some alcohol is there. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite good
Scopey (9796) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Pre-Zwanze tasting. It pours hazy dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, mellow roast, toast, brown sugar, mild oxidized notes, dried fruit and coconut. The taste is cola, raisin, date, prune, spice, toast, brown bread, caramel and light alcohol. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Well-rounded and balanced. Nice stuff.
Leighton (14821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2013 Bottle at the Pre-Zwanze Tasting - Bruce’s in London. Thanks to Paul. Pours lightly hazy brown with a creamy head. Rich bready malt nose, some brown sugar and caramel, hints of age. Big sweet flavor with sugary bread, caramel, hints of chocolate, doughy bread. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, some aged dark malts, caramel, light alcohol, dates. Very nice. Has aged well. Interestingly, I get some quite different characteristics compared to when I tried this on draft a few months ago. (3.7)
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Day 2, Session 1. Pours clear, deep orange with a strong, creamy crown. Sugary wheat in the nose, candi sugar, lightly toasted dough. Big sweet flavor with sugary dough, further candi sugar, light alcohol, hints of herbs. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming finish with sticky sugars. The sweetness is somewhat cloying at times. (3.5)