HonkeyBra (3058) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with a very quickly dissipating head. Aroma of grapes, oaky tanins, raisins, plums. Flavor has a light splash of tartness, some oak, jam, and raisins. A bit of spice. A slight bitterness. Tiny bit of booze. Mediumbodied, lots of carbonation. This beer is nowhere near as sweet as last years, which is an obvious improvement. Yeah, I can like this.
drowland (5890) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/12/10. 750mL bottle courtesy Lance! Somewhat fruity and funky aroma with tannic wood, chocolate, and nuts. Sweet fruity aroma with dark roasted flavors and hints of sour and possibly some brett or some other infection (purposeful or not). Was expecting more - may need some time on it.
ddemmingjr (654) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Rare Beer Club: pours a cloudy deep burgundy, thick tan head which recedes slowly and lingers quite nicely. on the nose, raisins, pecans, almonds, roasted malts with a little fermented fruit. medium bodied. slight tartness that fades to a subtle spiciness in the finish. distinct.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample at The Bruery on draught. Poured a brown color with thin white head. Aroma was sweet brown sugar, spices, candied yams. Taste was sweet with nice bitterness dark fruit and molasses. Definitely needs some time for aging I think. Pretty good beer though none the less.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 3rd in the series, and the 1st one I’m not sure about. This is certainly a good beer, and one that might get better with age, but right now it feels a little incomplete and odd.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Dark fruit and spices in the nose. Nice Belgian yeast notes.
Appearance:Dark brown and nearly opaque. Nice light tan head with good retention.
Taste:More dark fruits and spices in the foretaste. Maybe some savory chestnuts. The aftertaste has some metallic/copper notes.
Palate:Medium body, good carbonation. A little bit harsh.
Overall:This beer is very good, lots of complexity. It will probably age very well over the next 9 years.
50belair (1786) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled shared by the man Hopscotch himself. I would suggest reading his rating, it’s way better than anything I could put together.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose is big dark fruits, light vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is straight Belgian strong with dark jammy fruits, wood tones, brown sugar and honey, floral-grassy hops, finishes quickly with a warming sweet finish. Full body, light carbonation, slick texture. A decent, but too young, Belgian strong; core components are here without much special emphases; can definitely see this aging well with time.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from the bottle at the OTM Tasting Room SDBW Bruery event. The appearance is a pretty dark brown with a good amount of bubbles. The aromas are full of dark malts, lots of oak, some pecans. The flavors are rich with roasted dark malts, a rich earthy oak tone, some pecans and other nuts. Very good beer, my favorite of the series so far.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fluffy head. Aroma and taste of stone fruit dark fruit molasses brown sugar and sweet spices.