Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark burgundy. Fluffy texture; lively carbonation. Very roasty and toasty. Great notes of hardened caramel, toffee and black licorice. Big, grassy and herbal bitterness. Other flavors and aromas offer subtle complexity. Some comforting warmth in the throat from the alcohol. Tasty, flavorful and pleasant beer.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was an impulse buy. It looked interesting in the display at the local beer retailer. Nice black body, big foamy tan head. Very malty aroma, maybe a little on the sweet side. That is a good beer, not too much carbonation. Very malty flavor. There is some carmal present. Very good.
jdjuice (295) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma has alcoholic lightness, caramelly and roasty. Body is surprisingly light, relative to color, good carbonation, smooth but not creamy. Flavor is very malty and, umm, kind of, umm...tastes a little like pot. I think pot has a very nice taste, and is something that goes very nicely with a beer of this darkness. Nice light finish with some banana esters and alcohol. Doesnít fit in a category, and I like it for that.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque dark brown, black notes, molasses, some small frothy tan head that quickly fizzes away. Aroma is yeast (dark warm dough, wheat, cellar), malt (meal, toast), clove notes, fruit in the background (peach, apricot, plum), faint smokiness. Moderately acidity attempts to burn the tongue, scraping your taste buds away but leaving enough to sample the roasty and toasty dark malts, clove, wheat and fruits, smoke and banana notes way at the end. Dark bodied, fizzy, spicy and dry palate.
Padron4KM (530) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, with a thin head despite fizzy carbonation.
Aroma is ultra fruity, overripe bananas dominate.
Some caramel in there too, along with a few wisps of cedar. Those only come out after you let the brew sit for a bit, once you agitate it again the fruit powers back.
First sip was all clove.
When I was a kid I tried making my own clove cigarettes with crushed cloves from my moms kitchen. This kind of reminded me of that, but in a good way. Smokey, clove, tobacco, sweet and spice.
As it warmed, notes of banana crept in.
Medium body, with a lengthy dry woody finish. Will be interesting to see how this develops.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty atypical dark brown colour with some fizzy carbonation that produces a large and inviting soda like head that has some very good staying power. It produces more of a film than it does a lacing. I detected something between warm gooey chocolate and caramel in the aroma. There might be a hint of clove or banana, or both, in there too. Kind of an unsweetened chocolate taste with some dryness that reminds me of tobacco leaves. Medium bodied at best with little carbonation despite its semi boisterous pour.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark, "root beer" brown, with wonderful, thick tan head. Intense clove, banana, smoke and honey aroma. Initial flavor is of molasas, black licorice, with a funky (in a good way) Belgian yeast fruity character. Quite drinkable, with the 8.6% alcohol very well hidden.. This will be a very interesting one once it ages out a bit more.. A unique bend of styles, but very enjoyable..
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. It looks like any other dubbel out there. Well, I guess the head could be a bit better, and the lace is definately lacking, but at least it wasnít overactive. Chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Rather good aroma. Somewhat sweet, somewhat dry, pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit raw at this point. I think it has potential, but it needs to mellow a bit. Itís a bit too alcoholic and dry at this point. Very spicy with cloves and a not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. Itís also much better when chilled as opposed to room temperature. Another sign that it may improve with a bit of age on it.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a medium light-brown head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is fruity with roasted malts. Flavor is nutty with hints of spiciness and a yeasty dry finish. Was able to fill up my Trappist glass twice with the bottle. Complex and delicious!
Kevin (2008) - Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Pours dark brown with a bit of red in there and a lasting gray brown head. Smells of banana, chocolate, and cedar. Clove flavor with a vanilla and wet wood taste. The finish dries up with milky yeast, nuts, and spice bitterness. This is a bit bland to me. It is easy to drink, and nothing sticks out as unpleasant, but nothing really impresses me here either.
Ap-4 ar-6 tas-6 pal-3 ov-13
this has really improved in just 10 months. aroma has gotten a bit dusty already, but it brings out an alcoholic spiced egg nog aroma that is cool. flavor is very enjoyable now. spiced ginger notes with a warm rootbeer taste. wet wood flavor remains as it was, vanilla is now staying in the background and working to support the ginger banana sugar cookie notes. i canít wait to try another one in a year or so. this one has potential.