kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: December 27, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy layers of lace
Aroma: sweet dark belgian aroma, dark fruits, sweet esters, lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of clove, roasted malt
Flavor: big spicy flavor, sweet cinnamon, a tad too much clove, dark fruits try to balance the spices but have no sweetness to back it up, bitterness follows the spices for a spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: ** /4
Scopey (10705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Nick at CP&K. It pours near black with a medium tan head. The nose is smoke, bonfire, earth, spice (particularly cinnamon), treacle, touch of soy sauce and some dark fruit. The taste is pretty spicy, earth, wood, earth, touch of bitter chocolate, soy sauce, decent bitterness, warming alcohol, roasted malt and toast with a dry, spicy finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Interesting, but ultimately I don’t find it that drinkable.
hopdog (10498) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical. Poured a black color with an off white head. Dark fruits, spices, ginger, citrus, and fruity.
Dogbrick (10436) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at 101 Beer Kitchen. The beer pours an opaque brownish-black color with a medium tan head that dissipates slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy with some toasted malt in the background. Medium to full body with flavors of burnt malt, cinnamon and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is sweetly spiced with an earthy, malty aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around.
crossovert (10332) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one was a bit spicy for me. The spices overpowered the malt and the hops leaving it just a messy beverage.
Meilby (10324) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 650ml @ Motel Room, Motel 6, Kingman, AZ
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, ginger, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, biscuit and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long spiced and orange finish. Medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs in Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a nice, lasting dark brown head. Super mintry/sprucey, big ginger, chewy Belgian chocolate malty, quite spicy aroma. Tangy, burnt dark chocolate, anise, light coffee, charred ashy, minty, pine needle flavor with a fairly bitter, minty, earthy hoppy finish. Pretty strong flavor but it was decent enough to drink.
DSG (10229) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown-colored with a beige head. Aroma of winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and more), malt, caramel and some vegetal notes. Sweetish flavor of malt, caramel, candi sugar, spices, a bit of alcohol and a dry finish. Medium-bodied. Really not my thing.
Ferris (9825) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Clove, cinnamon, dark sugar and chocolate. Jet black with a nice brown head. Chocolate and dark sugars, clove and a tasty bitterness at the finish. Tastes stronger than it tastes, which is good.
DrSilverworm (9517) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Very dark red / brown color. Good light brown head, leaves some decent lace. Nice cinnamon nose, some tobacco and herbs. Awesome spice flavor - incense, clove. Hint of orange. Light, smooth carbonation. Body on the bigger side, but not one bit syrupy, more dry, though kind of creamy. Cinnamon and allspice aftertaste. Taste is a balance of light sweet, bitter and savory. Alcohol is not noticeable. Very tasty and easy to drink for 9.4%. Awesome beer fresh, smooth now, but tastes like it’ll get even smoother with age.