CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, minimal/slim toasted color head, just around the edges. Pours deep brown. Aroma picks up both the rye and chocolate. Not much vanilla in the aroma, but you can get hints of it in the taste. Clean on the palate. It’s very nice. I think it will get better as it warms.
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - APR 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear black in color... Aroma of olive tampenade, chocolate milk... Flavor is fairly thin and light bodied, lots of chocolate, rye malts, olive, vanilla, light chocolate notes on finish... Decent
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ICEatALAMO (1301) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The pour is almost black. The aroma is tons of toffee and fig. The taste is huge on fig and toffee. A little thin, but big flavor.
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koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour is a thinner dark brown with a nice light mocha colored head, a couple fingers high, and a decent amount of lacing as it slowly falls down. The aroma is incredibly lagerish. There is a strong metallic that I get only from lagers. Beyond that, it’s pretty decent. There is a lot of rye spice in here. In the end, I’m getting a couple of things: chocolate milk, and a bag of malt. Namely, it would be like someone made Cocoa Pebbles out of malts, and I just opened the bag. Not bad, but not great. The flavor is pretty similar in structure. There is a little more chocolate and a sugariness that I wasn’t expecting. The rye spices are there as well, but for a bottle that says conditioned with vanilla beans, I’m disappointed. The mouth feel is light, thin, watery, and less than ideally carbonated. It’s thin and light. Aftertaste is lingeringly powdered cocoa and metallic lager. It didn’t kill me, but I don’t think I would have another.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of licorice, roasted grain, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor of cocoa, roasted rye, licorice, smoke, and vanilla.
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at tasting, thanks for sharing all the beers!
APPEARANCE: black beer, small stable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, mocha, vanilla, biscuit-like, kinder bueno...
TASTE: chocolate, kinder bueno again, vanilla, mocha
77ships (8038) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ the “pre-Club 54 tasting”. Dark brown, big mocha head. Nose is metallic, iron in a lager kind of way with some sweet cacao puffs & sweet herbs. Taste is sweet cacao, lightly herbal, brown sugar, mlaty, lots of cacao, cacao puffs mixed with iron,..; Thick lager body; Lots of cheap chocolate. Roasted malt. Pretty nice for what it is supposed to be, I liked it for sure.
slowrunner77 (10112) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"The barrels used, though still making this a totally different beer than the dubbel base, complemented (or supplemented the base) very very well. The brandy was subtle but prevents the sour tannic aspects of the red wine barrels to completely overtake things. What you are left with is a very highly drinkable moderately tart and funky beer with a firm malty base and hints of belgian yeast and sweet brandy. No hint of booziness. Quite good. (For approval purposed and to verify barrel percentages, check the photos for 9/28 from Sierra Tap House facebook page as there is a picture of the keg collar)."
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a scattered slick of tan foam. Light chocolate and ashy roast in the aroma with a fairly out of balance shot of heavy, dark fruit malt sweetness. Some spice and light chocolate in the taste with darker malt and a flat, generic finish. Light mouthfeel. Okay but didn’t come together that well.
Maarten1993 (1004) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drank with Thijs, Mark, Andy & Marjolijn 31-1-2014. Light coffee smell. A bit sour as well. Taste is a bit soury, alcohol, coffee. A milky, soft finish. The beer is a bit watery, not depthful.
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by?? from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have a mix of dark and milk chocolate, spicy rye notes, dry grains, a splash of fruit and vanilla. Decent, but I like their big stouts and sours better.