jdjuice (495) - 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. Doesn’t fit in a category, and I like it for that.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color with beautiful, ruby highlights and lots of fat bubbles (not typical of ale, natural carbonation) rising through the body and a moderate, but sustaining, tan head reminiscent of the head on a cup of hot chocolate. Well done spicy, bubblegummy, molasses, fruity, elderberry, milky, wheaty, and cocoa powder aroma. Just as the bottle reads, the aroma is "deep." The flavor is not as complete as the aroma on first pour. I would best describe it as "tight and shy" in the first few sips. As the beer oxidizes a while, it releases most of the aroma components into the flavor profile though they are not as distinct as in the aroma, this will most likely develop as it ages. The addition of a nice roast and and some orange fruit provide counterbalance to the sweetness in the finish. The paradox of this beer is that each taste provides a different flavor experience. Truely amazing.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
35 dollar bottle from The Freakin’ Frog. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is first and foremost oxidized caramel which works nicely, plenty of fruits with some chocolate and a hint of spice and phenols. Flavor is again caramel, fruity and roasty, and a moderate belgian spiciness. Palate is medium and carbonation has held up very well. Haven’t had this for a couple years and it’s way better now than I remember.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark brown with a tan head. aroma smoke, chocolate, clove, some dried fruit, bananas, and a slight alcohol burn. flavor sweet raison quite a bit of clove. also some smokey chocolate and a hint of espresso bitterness. full bodied. fairly lively carbonation as it should be. finish is a fantastic roller coaster of flavor. the finish alone is just as complex if not more than any other part of the beer. it starts sweet with a hint of raison and alcohol and gently evolves into a lovely smokey bitter chocolate flavor that sticks with you forever. fantastic beer. the first of the series i have rated. i am very interested to see how this stands up to six years of aging.
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.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown- tan head- nose and taste yeast, wood notes, malt some hops – nice aftertaste
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some fruitiness in the nose. Smooth, malty, mild spiciness and carbonation with a light bitter finish. Real nice brew. I want to get another and let it age for a long time and give it another try.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark, dark brown, with a thin tan head. Very roasted malty aroma, with some spices and some dark fruits. Very nice mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth finish. Flavor is mostly the roasted malts, with some fruity sweetness and a splash of hops. Very tasty. Very drinkable. I am glad to have a few bottles to cellar.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bomber. Dark, ruby pour with thin tan head. Nose is burnt Belgian candy sugar, anise(?) and vanilla. Flavor follows with alcohol in the finish. Palate is smooth. Another one that needs to sit.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark reddish brown. Nose is bubblegum and spoiled milk. sugary alcohol and smokey brine. Flavour is licorice smoke rootbeer anise and wheaty tannins. Mouthfeel is light for the strength.