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.
Hoprider (327) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a small beige foamring on the curb of the glass N: yeasty phenols and prunes. T: sweet and smoky, caramel and spices. Light hints of anise. Aftertaste is dry and has Christmas spices. The yeasty phenols put me off a little bit.
Enjoyit (3733) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of chocolate, dark malt, prunes and weak liqurice. A flavor of liqurice, chocolate, prunes and roasted malt.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didnít happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head formed.
2.5 S: Smells like a spicy, well diluted nail polish. Despite this deScription, itís not that horrible. Caramel, toast, light roastiness, and chocolate.
2.0 T: Like the nose, but more boring. Toasty, caramel, roast. Less nail polish, but just boring.
3.0 M: Medium body. Lighter carbonation, but decent here.
2.5 D: Not horrible, but not good or even decent.
★ 658 characters
DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015
jonno (2409) - JAPAN - JAN 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oxidized to hell, but this reminded me of a junior Samiclaus. Prunes, stewed ripe fruit, deep ashy finish. Pretty good, although probably at its peak 2 years ago or so.
biirusaikou (2201) - - JAN 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared, thanks Arturo! Lovely milky chocolate character with a silky body, notes of almond and pepper, does have a little dusty edge as an old wine coming our of a treasure chest. A quite unique experience, might be past its prime but still greatly enjoyable brew.
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much better than the previous "lake water" taste that it had in '06. Can't smell it very well. Has a cola flavor, not yeasty, raisins. Slightly sweet but mild.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears jet black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Surprisingly hop forward aroma with an earthy, resinous character followed by roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. Slightly herbal with grassy pine notes followed by pepper, clove, anise and licorice. Sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and alcohol. A lot of these notes are faded but they have at least held up, unlike many other entires in this series.
Medium bodies and more complex than expected with a nice balance of sweet malts, zesty spice, resinous hop, dark frui and alcohol. Like the aroma, the flavor retains a lot of hop flavor. Not as complex as when fresh but there is some earthy grass as well as some herbal pine flavor followed by sweet chocolate malt, toffee and caramel. As it warms, dark fruit sweetness comes forward with hints of grape, raisin, currant and other dark berries followed by some alcohol sweetness in the finish. High ABV is well masked though making it easy to drink. Itís a bit watered down and the flavors havent completely held up but this is still one of the better beers in this series.
drfabulous (5863) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Chocolate dark medium body tasty chocolate notes throughout.
chinchill (3779) - 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 (487) - 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.