NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2006. Black colored brew. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruits. Flavor is dark fruits, vinous, raisins, sweetness. Nice.
teorn88 (5159) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle. Pours a dark ruby/black color and a medium lasting nutty head. Aroma is wonderful: mostly malty with toasted notes and cookies. Spices, oak, alcohol and dried fruits in my nose too. Taste: the initial bitterness turns suddenly to a warm alcoholic sweetness. Dried fruits notes in the finish. Palate: full-bodied with creamy texture and medium carbonation. Overall, I found a very balanced beer between hops and malt where the 10° allcohol is well hidden. Anyway, I expected more complex and warming beer and, most of all, an evolving beer, something that changes face during the drinking experience. Still, a splendid beer!
thirdeye11 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle 2005 vintage thanks to mar) murky brown pour with light tan head. Nose of raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, brown sugar and cream. Taste of bread, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, lightly metallic with a medium body and an alcoholic finish.
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.
2005 vintage. The beer pours a medium brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is vanilla, oak and caramel. Very nice. The flavor is strong oak with some vanilla and a little bit of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2010 very sweet aroma of caramel, old fruit, spice, and waffles.
it’s very dark red with a thin brown head.
flavor is again very sweet, with biting alcohol, raisins, and some spices.
it’s chewy but maybe a bit thin. overall it’s a dark, fruity, quadrupell-y, port. flavor is poorly balanced, but otherwise this is perfect
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Pours a dark brown with some with a nice frothy beige head. Aroma has meaty red wine charcter with additional sherry, tart unripened plum, and spice notes. Some booze is present, but is very complimentary to the rest of the beer. More doughy peat like notes take the stage as the beer warms. Nice body. Overall, a tasty and pungent vinous, sherry, dark fruit blend with some tart unripened pitty fruit notes. Pretty solid. Enjoyed with before easter brunch.
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.
Plovmand (7293) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown body with a creamy longlasting off white head. The aroma is heavy fruity, light oaky, spice, loads of caramel and lovely ripe fruit. The flavour is heavy fruit, oak, vinous, light spice, grapes, lots of caramel, prune, raisins and apricot.Complex and very drinkable. You just enjoy every sip of this. Love it.
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33l Bottle from armando. 2005 vintage. Huge thanks!
Appearance: Pours dark brown with deep-ruby red tint. Small dark-brown head on the top. Creamy head-texture with limited lacing.
Aroma: Vibrant, dried fruity scent with hints of cognac or calvados(?). A bit of peppermint-like yeasty bite.
Flavor: A perfect dessert-beer. Mellow plums and figs with distinct dark candi sugar sweetness. Smooth vanilla, caramel malty-sweetness, almonds, dark chocolates, somewhat whiskeyish alcohol warmth fills the mouth softly and gently. A bit of tannic tart, quality at the medium. Tricky finish with peppery dryness and a huge sweet, fruity-oaky background.
Mouthfeel/Palate: Smooth, yeast derived fruity fullnes. Excellent mouth-filling quality. Mellow sweetness with gentle, peppery yeast notes.
Overall: Nice and soft brew from DSB. The alcohol presence is a bit more than expected. Huge, mellow stuff anyway.
Vaiz (4107) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Dark brown pour, very small off-white head. Aroma of smoke, coffee, licorice and spices. Flavor starts sweet and sugary, but then goes straight towards bitter and coffee with caramel, smoke and oak. Very nice. Bitter finish, low carbonation.