papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle From Holiday Wine Cellar: Dark brown, almost black with small fading off-white head. Aroma of black cherries with some belgian spice. Flavor is dark fruit (raisin, plum, cherries) with a peppery bitterness and fruity dry finish. Light-medium body is thin with very lively carbonation. Kinda Trois Pistoles like.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GUSHER on steriods!!! This beer oozed from the bottle for at least 5 minutes. Once through the foam, a dark chocolate brew appeared. Unique in that it exhibited both banana & clove, as well as darker qualities. More apparent were the roasted malt, raisin, and plum. A little thinner than one would want. Very flavorful.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Stone World Bistro on tap; June 2008
Arrives with a hazy, murky, dark brown color and is topped by a thin, frothy and brown tinged, tan colored head. The aroma has the characteristic Wit notes of orange peel and coriander; the coriander is nice in the aroma as it is not overly sharp / earthy-herbal like some Wits and it melds in quite well with the citrus notes. This is also fruity smelling with notes of fermented plums, rum-soaked raisins that are a product of esters and higher alcohols. The nose is actually very ester and phenolic driven; producing ample spiciness and fruit notes beyond the typical orange peel and coriander character; aromas of pepper, ginger, lots of clove, bubblegum notes, banana and phenolic resin are all found here. There is also some dark malt notes here in the nose, it is more of a light roast / light toasted grain character than anything.
The taste is quite dry and tart, yet it still has an ample fruitiness to it as well as a noticeable, background, dark malt character. This is very light on the palate, quite quaffable, almost thin even, but the ample carbonation provides lots of texture to this beer. This is very spicy and phenolic tasting from the fermentation derived character; flavors of light plastic, big clove, higher alcohol warming notes in the finish as well as a peppery bit that couples with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. This has a surprising fruitiness to it despite by quite dry; flavors of plum and light raisin notes are quite noticeable, especially the former. This gets a touch vegetal in the finish, it is nothing major and might just be a bit of the coriander note coming through. Flavors from the dark malt, while not over the top, have a profound influence on the flavor of this beer; it definitely mutes the spice notes; provides a touch of soft, dusty cocoa; and contributes a toasted, even lightly roasted flavor that is especially noticed in the finish.
This is quite an interesting beer; tasty, complex, but somehow almost too much. The flavors are at times a bit too cacophonous and almost, though not quite, jarring. I would guess that this was fermented at just a smidge too high of a temperature; the high heat is good because it boosts complexity via fermentation by products, but seems to have gotten a touch too hot. Still I like this quite a bit and will definitely be looking to get a bottle of this brew.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Liar’s Club. Black with a fizzy white head. Faint roasty aroma. Tangy citrus roasty taste with a chocolate and bready finish.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Stone World Bistro this afternoon. Pours black with no head. Sweet nose. Malty sweet beer. Pretty nice. Very drinkable.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, Hi Times cellars
A gusher, I set it in the sink and foam slowly oozed over the top for about 5 minutes
Dark brown pour, foamy white head, spicey, roasty.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Smokey dark fruits highlight a complex aroma. Fruity-yeasty character with some dark malts and raisin.
DenverLogan (626) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark version of the white, which was very tasty, this one with wheat, oats, spices, some sweetness, and an overall tasty rich flavor balance.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draught Stupendously huge yellow-brown head over hazy dark-brown beer. Very strange nose with yeast off-aroma’s and a lot of coriander. Coriander, and black malts and sweet chocolate-like flavour. Absolutely terrible. Slick, velvety MF, thick, worts-like. If the Californians really think we make this kind of beer, our brewers ought to be stopped immediately by health services...
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tried at Dr Bills awesome tasting. Again, looks like I am the first to rate this beer, even though someone has already entered the beer into the database. Brown color. Highly carbonated. Pretty interesting popcorn aroma. Someone called it burnt popcorn, but I’m just saying popcorn. But certainly no buttery diacetyl. This beer was also highly regarded by people around me, but I think it is just OK, as I prefer sweeter beers.