DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in a trade with Ross. Very dark brown, almost opaque but with a ruby glow showing through the edges. Large tan head that collapses in a few minutes leaving fair lace. Sour fruity aroma with some underlying caramel and some noticeable yeast. Smooth medium body, medium carbonation. Brown sugar sweetness, peppery spice, and a pleasing bitterness combine for a balanced and complex flavor profile. Nice dry finish.
chinchill (3234) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle in Atlanta.
This has held up surprisingly well. Carbonation indicates the seal was good. Very smooth and nicely balanced. Good complexity, especially in the aroma.
Dark red brown body with exceptional clarity.
tcon25 (313) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour at home, pick this up in CA a last year, at the store store, awesome beer to try and still in pretty good condition, dark pour, still with some head, nice flavor smoke, thin coffee little sweet and full of flavor. Nice beer. However just past its prime, but has held up well.
wedgie9 (2521) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours dark cola brown with an average tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is cocoa nibs, chocolate malt, and spicy Belgian yeast. The flavor is the same chocolate malt and spicy yeast, with some toasted cocoa nib bitterness. The body is medium with average stinging carbonation and a long malty cocoa nib finish.
jackl (5923) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is soy, cocoa, cardboard. Knackered. Taste is sort of salty. Old leather bag. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Apples. Medium body, soft carbonation. The wheels are coming off.
tia (1346) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells a little boozy and astringent and roasty. Tastes a little roasty too. Dry.
slowrunner77 (7580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"iíve come to be a huge fan of the hoppy, almost ipa-like belgians, so i didnít like this one quite as much as the 08, but itís quite good. deep, complex, spicy. ready to break out a 2 1/2 year old bottle, and iíll amend this review."
Suttree (5646) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So, I was cleaning out my cellar and found this - I didnít realize I hadnít rated it. It might be a little off peak, but still pretty good. Pours a muddy brown, thin head. Smells like chocolate covered raisins, plus some oak. Taste is winey, fruity, and some chocolate. Maybe some balsamic vinegar, as well.
Wombata (550) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Smooth, dark chocolate all day long, "pear," bread, yeast
Palate: Medium bodied
Flavor: Like the nose with some lift from the carbonation. Finishes bready, yeasty and nutty.
Comment: Well-carbonated, which lightens the perceived body.
Travlr (16982) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft on 12/12/12. Brown color. Aroma of cloves, chocolate, coffee. Lots of cloves in the taste as well. Not bad
djd07 (6507) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. The aroma is strong figs, cedar, dark fruits. Thin mouthfeel with strong booze, caramel, dark fruits, cedar, good.