hayduke (3778) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 It was hard to hold off on this one until I could taste it with Strykzone. I got a case of this in McCall, Idaho at Paul’s Grocery who were kind enough to order this for me. Working off Facebook Chat, Dave and I enjoyed this one immensely It poured a very dark red that looked mostly black in the glass, and raised a big bubbled and very attractive tan head head that laced copiously. The nose greets you with a multitude of aromas.including cinnamon, molasses, dark ripe fruit, and citrus and floral hops. Bold in body the mourthfeel is rich an creamy. There is no sign of the alcohol. The flavor is much in keeping with aroma, and brings a rich mix of spices and roasted malts together. The finish is spicy with ginger and allspice, and you get some chocolate and a touch of bitterness. This is a remarkable beer, and tastes simply sumptuous. I have a feeling it will age ver well and so a number of bottles are going on the shelf in the aging cellar.
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Nice cinnamon and clove aromas. Deep brown. Lots of spice notes that ended up a bit hot for me.
fidelis83 (2208) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black pour with a 1 finger, soapy mocha head. Aroma is big on chocolate, spices and earthy chiles, some citrus potpouri, dark fruit and sweet dark caramel. The flavor starts out with lots of chocolate, licorice, ginger and cinnamon, then the citrus potpouri, acidic floral notes, light pine, earth, roasted nuts. The finish tastes essentially like a highly spiced pumpkin bread with some hop bitterness. Medium body with a creamy, slightly chewy entry, off dry finish and moderate, slightly sharp carbonation. Really good overall, though I think it could use some more time for the spices to mellow out.
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber purchased at Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a black brown with a 1/2 khaki head that falls quick. The aroma is licorice, nutmeg spice, maybe a touch of Robutussin, dark raisin fruit. Quite a bit going on here. The taste is the nutmeg spice, a bit of pumpkin pie, black licorice, anise, black roast patent malts, ash, raisin sweet, cough syrup booze in the back. Clove and cinnamon come at as it warmed. Ginger too. Is that orange peel making an appearance. Tons going on here, and many of the flavors clash pretty badly. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, silky carbonation, oily finish, and a hint of booze in the back. This is a pretty weird beer, tasted like a Belgian Ale that had been mixed with mulling spices. Not entirely my bag. Fitting this is the last in the line, this beer pretty much sums up taking "extreme brewing" too far.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a dark brown brew with a dark tan head. Scent is big spiciness. At one moment I am thinking pumpkin ale, the next Christmas. Taste is a spicy tour as well, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Tasty.
kevinator (1437) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a brown color with a one and a half finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Has that pumpkin spice aroma. Flavor is spice, dark esters, and chocolate malt. Finish is fairly dry. Medium body. It’s better than the last couple VE beers.
maxwelldeux (4171) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose is very fragrant and spicy, with cinnamon and cloves dominating. Taste is spicy and very slightly sweet underneath. Interesting...
glennmastrange (2445) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy dark bread, cookie and toasted for the malt, moderate cooked orange for the hops, dough and leather for the yeast, with notes of raisin, fig, clove and cinnamon. Head is small, creamy, light brown with fair slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately to heavily acidic. Palate is medium to full, oily with a carbonation between soft and lively. It finishes chewy, sticky and dry. I’m usually not a fan of spiced up beers but they marry well in this Belgian Strong Ale.
SaintMatty (5991) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml Bottle - Black in colour. Liquorice, vinous fruits and some smoky hints in the aroma. Chocolatey, roasted, smoky and slightly sweet taste with notes of ash, chocolate and coffee detected.