whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Deep burgundy body with noticeable jets of carbonation and a persistent rippled, foamy tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, anise, rum raisin, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and pepper. Sweet and delectable flavor with nice integration of clove, licorice, and pumpkin spice with pleasing dark malt and candy sugar. Has a plum-skin character with a light edge of acidity. Velvety body with soft, mouth-filling carbonation. This is an undeniably well-crafted and creative beer, but could be out-of-this-world with a little more attenuation.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Bottle. Pours pretty much black with a thick, tan, frothy head. Wow... the aroma is just sadistically good. Dry malt along with very light cloves and cinnamon. It almost smells like a Christmas ale in the making! Insanely complex taste... It’s got some sweet malt rounded out with a mild yet very obvious spice. I’m not sure I’d stick with my cloves statement, but think wintery spices, not corriander and "typical" Belgian spices. Cardamom? Some yeast, but not overpowering. It may be the description influencing me, but almost salty? Holy damn is this a fine freakin brew!!
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from The_Epeeist, thanks a ton!! Malty, vinuous aroma with just a hint of sourness. Very dark brown with a monster tan head. Medium to full palate is extremely smooth. Big brown sugar taste with yeasts flavors and a great malt backbone. This is an excellent brew.
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Bottle. Gusher! Pours a deep brown with some hints of amber when held to the light. Head was large, foamy, deep tan that left lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, cherry, caramel, hints of honey and alcohol. Flavors of dark fruits, roasted malts, sweet yet creamy with tingling carbonation. Some molasses, cherry, some spices, sugary, some chocolate, burnt caramel. Also picking up some of the yeast in the flavor. Just a ton going on in the flavor and even the aroma. I would be interested in finding out what they use to spice this beer.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours burnt sienna with huge 3-finger head that gets fluffier at the repour. The aroma is heavy figgy fruit, brown sugary malt, slight band-aid, cherry, blackberry, plum...extremely complex aroma. The palate is rich, very complex, and very well balanced, with flavors of spicy scotch aley malt, a soluid dose of brown sugar and figs, some molasses, blackberry, and cherry. The repour is thicker, with tons of floating yeasty and malty goodness. I’d pay hansomely for the original version, but this one is astounding!!!!!! Get me some more!!!!!!!
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upon opening foam poured out of the bottle. Huge dense creamy light tan head. Dark brown opaque color. Aroma of dark fruits, plum and raison. The flavor explodes in your mouth overwhelming the senses with dark fruits and a caramel sweetness. I can practicaly chew this beer. This is belgian brewing at its finest.
JAXSON (526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
’06 bottle purchased for $8.00. Dark brown with a very thick, long-lasting head (I expected this beer to be a blonde, too bad). Really nice full, warm palate with figs and spices, and a little sweetness on the finish. A little too much carbonation. Really nice overall.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet and spicy, beautiful full palate, with that marshmallow softness that comes from a really big Belgian ale. Sweet taste with dried fruit and caramel. Nicely balanced with a great depth of flavour.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Intense rich malty aroma with hints of dried fruit and vanilla and cinnamon. Dark dark brown with frothy head. Bottle frothed over when opened. Thick cream syrup mouthfeel is immediately evident. Sweet carmel and malt flavors balanced by bitter chocolate, vanilla, and spices. Light woodiness, caramel, cloves, brown sugar and liquorice. An intense mouthfeel, well carbonated and rich with a long duration and slightly alcoholic finish. Almost explodes on the palate. Very satisfying. Excellent overall.
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The body is a dark brown with a thick head of tightly packed small bubbles. The head thins very slowly and does a crusty sort of lacing. The aroma is spicy, full of dark dried fruits, some burnt, with anise, a little roasted barley, and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is chock full of things - dark caramel, prunes & raisins, licorice, alcohol, a slight citric sourness, cinnamon, chocolate, pepper, a suggestion of pineapple - lots of things, all smoothly blended together into a kickass flavor bomb. Despite the detectability of the alcohol, it doesn’t come across that strongly until ingested and the body begins to warm. The finish is warm, sweet/sour, and sticky. Very, very good.
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