neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, bought online and tasted alongside vintages from 2003-2006 at a tasting with Chris, Dan and Greg. Served in a branded glass. Pours clear reddish mahogany with a small tan head that fades quickly, leaving behind a slight amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of molasses, toasty malts, chocolate, anise, spice, fruit and clove. The flavour starts out medium sweet and becomes slightly bitter towards the end. There are notes of chocolate, roasted malts, anise and herbs. The finish is long and slightly bitter, with a slight herbal note. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, this is a nice chocolatey, spicy Belgian style ale. It has aged relatively well, but I wonder if the body is thinner than it once was. 2012-08-04
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark plum color with some ruby highlights around the edges. An offwhite head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.
S: Grainy malt bills, some light rice cake with some wet paper. This one did not age all that well.
T: More of the same. A ton of cardboard, rice cake, and a little cocoa. Sweet cereal malts. The oxidation has really taken this one over.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Wet paper finish.
O: All the bottles had been stored the same so I don’t know this was a product of a poorly sealed cap, or the beer wasn’t strong enough from the onset to hold onto an semblance of the original flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a dark brown, flavour was very oxy but I can see this one having been quite tasty. it had a belgian smell and a bit of spice in there but the oxidation came through strong
kerenmk (3368) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque dark brown with tan ring. Raisins, spices and dried plum in the nose, sweet taste with some cocoa. Watery light body, smooth texture, no carbonation.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liked this one...had a little more kick than 03 and 04, in a good way, still very smooth and sweet, but a little more complex. A good kick, up front, a little more acidic, and a lot of sweet fruit. Good stuff, should be drank soon though.
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy, slightly murky brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, some cookie-ish notes and a bit of dark fruits. Sweetish flavor of chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some spiciness, some oxidation notes and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Spice and chocolate in the aroma with a bit of spiced fruits nearing the end. Flavor starts off like a spice mulled hot chocolate with a dry malt middle. Slight fruitiness on the aftertaste with a nice bit of spice. My second favorite of the series thus far.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! From bottle. Muddy deep amber pour with no head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, earthiness, creamy bubblegum yeast and spice. Flavor is dark fruits, earthiness and toffee malts. Meh, pretty weak to me.
jbruner (2985) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a a hazy reddish brown with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, a hint of spice, earthiness, and dark chocolate. Taste follows, well balanced with just a hint of booze. Good stuff.
stevencon (512) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Merky brown tan head lingers. Even this old its still has good retention. Light chocolate notes. Oxidation. Sweet malt light chocolate maybe some rye malt? Floral earthy character. Oxidation cardboard lingers. enjoy able complex beer.