boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared on New Years Eve... Poured dark brown, not quite black, with a thin khaki head. Nice mouthfeel, notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, nutty grains, rye spice and clean lager finish with minor acidity showing. Everything seemed to amalgamated nicely here. An unexpected treat on NYE.
77ships (4700) - 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 (6381) - 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 (1416) - 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 (421) - - 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 (6450) - 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.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate, mild fruitiness, rye finish. The taste is tart fruits, rye, chocolate. Medium bodied. Decent, but a little simplistic.
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is roast and chocolate malts. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate flavor and light nuttiness and roast in the finish. Good.
merc7186 (2372) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Chocolate, Rye, Mild Roasted Malts
T: Rye, Chocolate, Roasted Malts
M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Grainy
Overall, a pretty nice blend of rye and chocolate...nothing more, nothing less
Kevin (2121) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black body with a lasting bit of greyish head. Smells of chocolate and pear and light pepper. Flavor is sweet then white grape finishes with a caramel spice that reminnds me of an esb but better
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Loved this fresh. 1.5 years later, the chocolate has faded and the flavors don't pop as boldly. Touch of smoke, more baker's chocolate, rye malt, good but not great.