Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep red-brown cola body with yeast sediment; no head. Cerealy nose with caramel, malt extract, grain, and rubber cement. Toasty, cerealy body with sweet barley notes. Modest oak. I loved the original beer, but this version is clearly past its prime.
FatPhil (10663) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut - vertical tasting 2010 vintage (6+:4:7:4:14=3.5+)
First aroma is calvados. Dry woody oaky aroma, some acetone, spicy, nice dark roast. Full palate,but also pleasantly light. Nice roasty taste, fairly mellowed with age. Finish keeps the roast, some clovelike spice, dry old bitter hops, and banana hints. Covers alcohol very well. Improves with each sip. To be honest, started a little disappointing, but I ended up really liking it.
330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam) (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)
Pleasantly oxidised aroma, malty, less roasty, nice fruity esters hinting at dark fruits. Lovely sharp palate, cherry sharpness. Love the balance of the aged Raisins in the finish, prunes too. Love the sharpness, the vapours up the back of the nose. Massively prefer this to the "young" one.
suurjuust (1741) - ESTONIA - JUL 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2010. Dark brown beer, small tan head. Nose is dark fruits, raisins, caramel, oak. Flavor is spice, oak, dried and overripe fruit, some oxidized notes, some alcoholic notes, candi sugar. Finish is fruity and boozy. Smooth and complex, very nice.
Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2005 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, tobacco, dried fruit, light vinous notes and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, light dried fruit and light oak with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
Achel (140) - GREECE - JUN 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible beer. Aroma deep and complex. Wood, dark malts, candi sugar, fruits like figgs and dry raisins. It has a very dark brown appearance, the palate is quite exceptional. Taste is so smooth and so complex without being overdone.
RW80 (1226) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml (vintage 2010)
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color without a real head.
Aroma: Prunes, molasis , wood, candy sugar, nuts, alcohol
Taste: Starts moderate, but lingers to really sweet, but the earthy hops save it from becomming cloying.. Sweet malts, toffee, treacle, molasses, figs, prunes , spices,cloves, cherries, oak,Alcohol is not really there i the taste. Earthy hops finish it off and avoid cloying sweetness.. Quite complex. And after 1 bottle you clearly haven’t noticed everything. So a very nice complexity.
Full body, moderate carbonation, light sticky texture.
Bule (1175) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz bottle if 2009 vintage. Pours a dark brown color without much head. Good carbonation. Smooth, slight toffee and mild sweetness.
cinesr (17) - ITALY - JUN 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Versa colore scuro come caffè .Frutta, caramello ho già detto caramello.Divina.Il Belgio
drjoeng (157) - - JUN 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10%ABV. Strong Porter.
I opened a bottle of properly chilled 2010. Poured out of the bottle with no head.
40°SRM. Black brown color like the local coffee in Singapore, carmelized till it pours out black as sin.
Sweet nose full of prunes and honey plums, with a little more brightness so that you don’t get a lot of preserved fruit. This is special since strong porters tend to have that tang of preservation in the nose. Light residual wood smoke in small wisps with honey and caramel. Very pleasing. Very inviting.
Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a moderately alcoholic palate. Brief bitter hops and then a very smooth slide into vanilla beans, honey dates, leaf tobacco, toffee, dark chocolate and some burnt sugar syrup. All ponderous flavors but floating on an ether so light and perfectly balanced with just enough hops to bring each flavor to the fore without being cloying.
Goes on Favorites List big time!
davidtjm (885) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is black with a thin head, aroma is toffee, sweet. Taste is toffee, sweet, caramel. Fantastic
stefannilssons (1534) - SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jajamen, det här var riktigt gott skit. Smaken var fint balanserad på en behaglig och stabil kropp. Smaken bar toner av plommon, ekfat, russin och belgisk jästkultur. Slutsats; sluta skriva börja dricka!