bwa5879 (879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI.
Aroma: Maple syrup and malt, salted caramel
Appearance: dark brown or black. Trace of light brown suds were temporarily on top.
Taste: Average Carbonation. Sour taste with smokiness and sudsy soap texture. An overall oily chocolate with citrus zest flavor.
Finish: Bitter soapy finish. More sour tartness too.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown color, almost opaque with a tan head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin ring and splotchy lace.
S: Roasted malts with some light chocolate undertones and a little anise. There’s some earthy greeness to it as well.
T: Dark fruit, prunes and some roast. A light chocolate is noticeable, but unfortunately this one is slightly oxidized as well. Light cardboard with some woody oak and dirty earthiness.
M: Medium heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Roasted and dry finish.
O: There was an odd earthiness to it and the French oak didn’t mesh well. Slight oxidation detracted from the overall "enjoyment" as well.
Serving type: bottle
kevinator (1845) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was tough to throw into a particular Belgian style. It smelled like a Dubbel with bread and malts. It looked like a strong ale with a deep brown with a purple tint. Very minimal head, a ring really. However, the carbonation held up well. Medium body and weight. Nice strong flavors that mixed well, more malts, roastiness, maybe some chocolate as the bottle suggests but not upfront or sweet. Slight hops bitterness on some sips but missing with others. Overall, worth the wait.
kerenmk (3910) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours black, opaque with tan head. Faint wood/ ash and some chocolate aroma, dry bitterness, some coffee-like sourness and a little wood. Medium body, smooth texture and soft fizz. Long, roasty finish.
DialSquare (4117) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Proof. Pleasant cocoa, smoke, earthy, dark fruit. Tastes are brown sugar, raisin, vanilla, earth, spice. Medium light drinkable for the verts. Nice.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black, tan head, tons of flavor. Smokey, oak, chocolate aroma. Taste is similiar but subtle hints of citrus, vanilla, and toasted malts. Complex but very easy to drink. I love this one!
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, rich, full of flavor...3 or so years might be the right amount to age this sort of strong ale. Lots of fruit, some roastyness, sweet dry finish.
DSG (11247) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Roasty aroma with lots of dark chocolate and light vanilla notes. Roasty flavor of chocolate, a bit of cocoa, coffee notes and light spicy and woody notes. Medium to full-bodied.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Rating #2900. Dark brown pour with a fizzy off-white head. Deep and slightly dank earthy aroma with some mild chocolate and lightly toasted malts. Some sweetness comes through more in the flavor. Mild chocolate with some spicy and fruity yeast. Smooth and sweet at the finish.
jandd1983 (3690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of bananas and other tropical fruits with some chocolate, coffee and a little espresso. The taste was slightly bitter with more chocolate, coffee, and a hint of the bananas with some spices. Very good.