JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 mL bottle tasted on christmas day 2011 - Pours a completely opaque black color with fairly large dark tan head. Aroma starts off with a huge aspect of burnt styrofome when it is fairly cool that dissipates (thankfully) as it warms. Also has notes of rum, dark brown sugar, treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean. Flavor is very sweet malty - lots of dark sugars, touch of raisens and oak, but just very sweet overall. This is really a very poorly made beer, in my opinion. The off notes in the aroma clearly seem to be fermentation issues. The flavor is very cloyingly sweet, and overall this seems underattenuated, especially for a beer advertised as "belgain" although I really donít get that anywhere in this beer. Iíve only had a few things from The Bruery, but everything has been fairly lackluster. Although this isnít terrible, it is far from good. I would be embarrassed to enter this in a homebrew competition, little alone sell this as a commercial beer. If you canít have a consistently well controlled and quality fermentation, you shouldnít be brewing beer, regardless of what your last name is.
crossovert (5692) - 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. Didnít age well in the least bit.
suprchunk (1808) - 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 (1928) - 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 (3831) - 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.
magsinva (826) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Brusin Ales - catching up on reviews, I had this one a couple days ago, and I think I let it age too long, because all Ingot was the ginger, without anything else to temper it. Meh.
jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Croydonia. Any day I can force Bruce to try a Bruery beer is a good day in my book. Brown pour with a small head. The nose is farty belgian yeast. Dark red fruits, canned pear. The taste is prune stew. Mild tart red berry compote. Acidic red apple. Full body, not all that boozy. Overall, not terrible, just anonymous.
vtafro (2174) - 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 (379) - 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 (994) - 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 (3857) - 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.