dalekliz (809) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at Brendanís 12/12/12 party! Pours a very dark amber-brown with a white ring. Light aroma, of malt, wood, yeast, hops, and only a hint of sugar and dark fruits. Taste has a nice hoppy bite, wood, malt, yeast, cocoa, grass. Lingering bitter wood flavors. Has aged great. Very nice.
Blairgus (2190) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-12-12, tap. Brown/black. Nose is sweet Belgian yeast, alcohol, raisins, faint hairspray. Med body, faintly fizzy, slightly syrupy. Fruitcake, some dark chocolate, sufficient alcohol. Pretty good.
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craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Deep chocolate brown with small head. Nose and flavor hold sweet vinous notes and dry roast, hints of nutmeg and bitter chocolate. Donít love it.
mmmbeer (1187) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Note- I had the complete vert. excluding 12-12; however, 02 and 03 were purchased online as well as 04 and 05. The seller that sold me the 02 and 03 was later found to be recapping (tasted "fresh"), but 04 and 05 were definately aged to say the least. With the doubt encasing online purchases in general, I decided not to post the ratings regarding them. The rest were either bought outright (06 and 07 in Kentucky, 09 from Liquid Solutions, 10 from Oak Tree, 08 in a trade, 11 from a local purchase, and 12 HOPEFULLY on tap somewhere in town) so itíll be ok with the rest.)
... and so it begins. 22 oz. bottler served in tumbler- poured a dark brown color with a tint of red. Thin white whisps upon the liquid surface for head, aroma of chocolate, fresh tannin, and some light yeast and spice. Hits the mouth with a thin body, malt is not distinguishable, some light sugar with prunes and spice in the middle, finish is somewhat dry with spices slightly lingering. Some age to it, but not a total waste.
peteinSD (1177) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (purchased directly from brewery and stored in fridge since release). Pours a dark brown with a healthy froth of tan foam that fades out to a slick. Aroma is clean, mellowed belgian yeast with chocolate, roast, spices, and a tinge of bitterness. Taste is a very nice and mellow yeast character up front with some soft, dry clove followed by roast, chocolate malt, various spices I cannot identify, some sharper flavor that suggests bitterness but it isnít hops (maybe the cedar?), and some drying alcohol which nicely contrasts the yeast character and roast. Mouthfeel, is clean and soft. With proper storage this beer is nowhere close to degraded let alone over the hill. I am pretty much blown away. Excellent.
dogfishho (562) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Probably waited too long for this one. It was interesting, with flavors of sweet chocolate, toffee, and some sort of astringency, but overall it was a mess. Clearly over the hill. Wish I knew what it was like fresh and whether or not this is how it was intended to be.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A few pints of this and this was all chocolate milk! Cocoa, lactose, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, buttermilk biscuit, and brownie batter. Better than others from the series. Pretty descent, really.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
24th November 2010
Hazy dark brown - amber beer. Short lived tan head. Semi soft palate. Smooth malt with a little coca cola and a sublte pinch of spice. Finishes semi dry. Simple but drinkable.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Dans. Pour is deep amber, almost brown, with no head, which is understandable. Smell is herbal, leather, molasses, anise, and cocoa. Taste is chocolate, toasted malt, dark fruits, and cherry. Mouthfeel is thin, with lively carbonation, which is very surprising for a six-year-old beer. Overall, I think this beer heldup very well, and wasnít bad. Pretty good.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Danís house, courtesy of steve_0. Thanks a bunch, Steve. Clear, dark brown appearance with a tiny, light brown head. Tangy, candy sugar, dark fruity, toasty caramel aroma. Rich, caramel, candy sugar, some cardboard, a bit papery, dark fruity flavor with fairly flat carbonation. Not all bad for the age but there is some age notes to it. Held up pretty decently.