vtafro (4696) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour. Black pour with tan head. Flavor is roasted, spices and light Belgian tones. Aroma is lighter but similar.
Experiment_Ale (1088) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at my place with group. Aroma of fig, yes!, fig, raison, barley. Taste is fig, yes!, raison, then a little raunchy on the finish, damnit. Great start, disappointing on the end.
llcooldave (1161) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black in the glass. Smells like fruit cake; nutty fruity and spicy aroma. Flavor is more fruit, nuts and spicy cocoa. Seriously, very fruit cake like (in a good way). Overall... wonderbrew. Thanks to BarZigKin for his boundless generosity.
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, roast, allspice, gingerbread, dark fruit and some booze. The alcohol is warming butalso ppresent in the flavor at times.
ryecatcher (992) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. So, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and didn’t cellar it at the recommended 50 degrees (I live in a small apartment in Chicago with one refrigerator and it IS the basement, so there’s no where lower to put my bottles unless I buy a shovel) so this one may be a little past its prime, but I’ll give ’er a shot. Pours a murky, dark brown, nearly opaque, thin off-white head little retention that faded quickly, nose is molasses, dark roast, Belgiany yeast, vague hint of pie spice. Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, mild sweetness, malty roasty up front, then brown sugar, dried fruit, rumor of nutmeg, hint of licorice, some soot towards the back end, spice in the throat. Would’ve been good with a hunk of fruitcake or stollen buy a crackling fire, watching the snow blanket the South Side, but for whatever reason I chose to wait until August, nearly 21 months after I purchased this. Still decent though.
MacBoost (1488) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok, so this beer has got me confuse a bit. On the one hand, it’s pretty fucken roasty for an Belgian strong ale so the taste kind of teases me with imperial stout characteristics. But then theres the stupid spices which I fucking loathe. So, yeah. It pours and looks like a Baltic porter with no head. Smells like a fucken cookie and tastes similar to an imperial stout if you take into consideration the heavy booze. I really want to hate it, but its growing on me with every sip. A touch more roast and this would be great, but I guess thats not what they’re really going for here.
Theydon_Bois (12590) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting, thanks to Jack, 13/07/13.
Lightly hazed dark mahogony brown with a thin tan hea that dissipates to the edge and leaves a little spotting.
Nose is dark fruits, toffee, brown bread, boozey tones - a little harsh at that.
Taste comprises bitter dark fruits, brown bread, sugars, malt loaf.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming boozey finish.
Drinkable but the alcohol is a little on the harsh side and could have been better integrated. I wouldn’t bother this feathered friend again.
Leighton (13835) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Jack for sharing this fine seasonal beverage - where does he get this stuff?!? Pours clearish, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is all wintery spices, brown sugar, light sweat. Medium to big sweet flavor with dark bread, Christmas [spices], faint tangy dark fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish, more dark bread, spices, dark fruits. Very decent. Would drink better on a cold snowy evening, rather than the scorchingly hot day we have right now, but it’s still good beer.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Les Caves in Corvallis. Pours brown, but totally bright. Thick tan-brown head. Aroma is licorice caramel with light spices and chewy old dates. Dark. As flavor warms, the presence of spicy dark molasses becomes apparent. Body is medium thick with moderate creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark toffee and chewy Christmas sweets with molasses. Very good. I’m not too big of a fan of molasses in beers, but it’s pretty good!
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 2011. 750 ml. bottle. Poured brown with a tan head. Lots of spice aromas with dark fruit, chocolate. Alcohol is very present, but a nice winter warmer