Guerde (1178) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(free beer week bottle from peteinSD thanks!) Pours a brownish black color with a dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma certainly holds a fair amount of spice and I would venture a guess to say there’s some cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and perhaps nutmeg on display. Some chocolate, a lot of booze, and stewed fruit show up as well. Pumpernickel bread. Flavor holds a lot more chocolate that takes on somewhat of a Nutella vibe. Bit of roasted malt here, but a ton of sweetness. Light hints of spice towards the finish, which I’d say is a strong point. Oddly enough, the strong booze presence in the nose doesn’t really carry over into the flavor. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is restrained. Overall a big, sweet, boozy(nose-wise) beer that is not bad for what it is.
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 mL bottle from Beer Run, opened 12/28/13. Pours a murky dark brown color with a large fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tropical and canned fruits, almost dirty seeming, with some dark malts and mild spice. The taste is tart fruits, pineapple, spice, dark malts. Medium bodied, low carbonation, almost no heat.
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with thin tan head. Nose of brown sugar, caramel, gingerbread. Medium body, light heat
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some old bottle I had in the cellar. Pours deep red. Nose is obnoxious spices, phenolics, fruits. Bready, fruity and rich flavored. Thick and full bodied. I was a little put off by the intense pungent spices up in this bitch.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is dark fruit, fig, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, brown sugar. Taste is much the same. Good cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.
Perfero (10) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Passable but not great. Very sweet, but with a bitter backbone that doesn't quite mesh. Got better as it warmed but still not something I'd buy a second time.
--- Save the unicorns!
crossovert (7738) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Another rather embarrassment in the series. Didn’t age well in the least bit.
suprchunk (2322) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very opaque brown colored with ruby highlights. A slim layer of tan bubbles. Little bit of lacing. Big note of molasses in the front. Some spicy hints. Big spicy taste with a malt and molasses. Not bad. Like a dessert.
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superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, light char, light coffee, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pepper, allspice, dark bread, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness; with some very slight booze. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, nutmeg, roasted malt, light coffee, gingerbread, clove, cinnamon, licorice, allspice, light char, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light coffee, roast, gingerbread, licorice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, light char, allspice, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian dark ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, yeast, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
nuplastikk (4673) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle courtesy CaseyK. Really big and rich Belgian Christmas Ale, I can dig it. Rich smoky sweetness, sugary and over the top. Gingerbread, chocolate, caramel, black licorice. A touch brutal, but that is acceptable for the ABV. An interesting over the top Belgian Christmas beer, sugary rich madness.