Braudog (6069) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I couldnít stand it anymore and finally cracked this baby open as I enjoy my first night of football sprawled on my couch. Poured a deep stained mahogoney red-black with barely a whisper of carbonation or head. The aroma is strangely waxy, and a bit date-like ... I donít know how else to describe it ... This drinks a lot mellower than Iíd expected it to, and with much different of a flavor profile than Iíd expecte, too. This has a rich dark fruity character, mostly raisin, hint of licorice, plum, blackberry, pinot noir. For all those rich flavors, this goes down far too easily, a nice sipper on this nice cool evening as I watch the Patriots smoke the Chargers.(#3097, 9/16/2007)
tysongillmore (358) - 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.
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corby112 (2722) - 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 (5232) - 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 (3355) - 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 (336) - 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 (2528) - 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 (6112) - 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 (1433) - 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 (7877) - 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 (5685) - 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.