peteinSD (1456) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
í07 bottle. Some gushing but not infected. Thick brown head. Clean, even lacing down the side of the glass. Beautiful aroma - coffee, spice, candied sugar, cinnamon dough, slight leather, and maybe barely noticeable oak. Just a wonderful smell - no overbearing, clove-heavy belgian yeast. Not too sweet. Man - the smell is so damn good! Light and smooth in the mouth - figs, cinnamon, an overall lightly sugared spice, and a whisp of alcohol. I can taste the oak influence not so much as overt oak flavor but in the rounding and mellowing of the other flavors. Spectacular beer - I get it. Amazing stuff.
BeerBaboon (1903) - FINLAND - OCT 8, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2014 A very dark brown ale but the head is almost white. Caramel, coffee, syrup, berries, vanilla, black tea.... you name it. After having consumed some of this I am left with a warm, cozy feeling. All I am missing is a fireplace and a non-nagging woman next tome.
Countbeer (5953) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice off white foamy head on top of a dark brown beer.
Smell is a mix of dark fruits, brown sugars, sweet malts, wood and spices,
Taste dark fruits (prunes, raisin), brown sugars, yeast, spices and toasted malts. Also hints of wood, herbs, toffee and bitter/sour.
Bit soft in taste compared to the regular Pannepot, but very drinkable with a smooth and slight (sweet)bitter (after)taste.
joeneugs (5441) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Trappist. I was a little disappointed in this one. It poured a muddy brown with ruby highlights and a thin off white head. The aroma was lots of dark dried fruit and hard candy. The flavor was the same with a strong alcoholic finish. This wasnít sweet at all, though. The oak was only mildly noticeable. A very refined brew, but I was looking for a richer, more yeasty kick.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from the binnyís next to Goose. I was pretty psyched to find this after class a couple days ago. Dark brown with a medium-sized beige head that settles into a persistent slick of foam. Rich dried fruit aroma with a very aged, dry, almost syrupy quality. Lightly spiced underneath that, but itís hard to tell with what, which is how I like it. A light touch of butter once things warm up, which could be diacetyl or could be the oak, and Iím guessing itís the oak. Adds a really nice richness actually. There is brighter than dried fruit wuality as well, though it is well integrated and reminds me a bit of cooked apple and peach. The flavor is rich and sweet with a spicy fruitcake quality and a touch of burnt molasses. Hardly and alcohol shows, and this is way too easy to drink, drying out just slightly in the finish and not leaving uncomfortable sweetness behind. Oak is slightly noticeable in the finish, but is subtle overall. Full bodied with medium but very fine carbonation. A very nice beer on the whole. The barrel aging gives it a nice roundness and complexity without sticking out at all.
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tope foamy head. Nose is pumpkin seeds, root beer, licorice, vanilla, dark toffee candies, and green herbs. Taste boozy chocolate bitter chocolate syrup, baking spices, sherry, raisins, and candied sugar. Not overwhelming. This beer show restraint and is good, and not overly carbonated.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml Bottle (2006 Vintage): Aroma of malt, raisins, light dark ripe fruit, slight wood, and plums. Not very aromatic. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished, except for around the edges. Cloudy. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, light wood, slight caramel, slight raisin, dark ripe fruit, dust, and yeast. Full body. Slick, oily texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, raisin, dark ripe fruit, yeast, and light wood finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
jonas (6601) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Re-rate Bottle at Irrreale.
Dark sugar, roast grain, lactic, port aroma
Black, brown cream
Light wooden, vanilla, molassis, berry flavor, resinny citrus
Fullbodied, dry, mellow mouthfeel
Elegant, not as complex as I remember though
Re-rate 2008 bottle in Cafe Abseits 2012.
6 4 8 3 15
Dark sugar, plum nose
Claret, low head
Cognac, molassis, roast, a bit allspice, clove, plum and wood aftertaste
mellow slick mouthfeel
Spicy aftertaste, plum retronasal
Old rating 9 3 9 3 18
Copenhagen beerfestival 2007 - 2006 bottle. Wooden and fine estery aroma. Cloudy brow, with a brown head. Preserved fruit, orangepeel, chocolate covered raspberries, wood. Has a sherrylike wooden dryness.
obguthr (5413) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008: Black cherries, molasses, and oak on the nose, candi overtones. Clear walnut brown, thin yellow head, good lacing. Dark roasted malt flavor initially with the subtle presence of candi sugar and vanilla. Maraschino and oak finish. Good transitons, great balancecreamy mouthfeel. Very good well rounded beer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Vintage from the Struise Webshop. Pours a deep mahogany brown with tan head that dissipates. Nose is distinctly Belgian, obviously. Notes of plum, cherry, green apple and oak. Vanilla and buckwheat honey as well. Very nice nose on this one, perhaps some coriander and cardamom notes as well. On taste, nice tartness at the front, white pepper, raisins and some green apple fading into roast. Pretty seamless integration of flavors. Alcohol is also present, though it fades pretty well. Not overwhelming at all. Pretty solid beer.