holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ 3F for Andrews Bachelor Party. Pours black with an off white head. Inviting nose of smoke, bacon, cherries, plums, black cherries, and oak. Chocolate and molasses flavors, black cherries, bacon, oak and a counteracting sweetness and bitterness. This is unlike most 3F beers Iíve had, Iíd love to see them try more of this and variations of this to perfect this beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ brewpub. Black body, tight tan head. Tangy berry, sweat, and chocolate aroma. Appetizingly sweet but the sweaty tartness doesnít quite fit. Dry, minerally saison-like palate but the flavor has an assertive sweet chocolate and pie cherry element. The same sweetness shows up in the finish. This is a "shrug" beer - interesting but not compelling.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, just that simple. smelled cinnamon, chocalate and ginger. Its bitter and a medium thickness to it. Creamy. hope to taste again
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BCTC. Black with the aroma of licorice and pepper. The taste was the same but with a weird dry finish. Thinner body.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with red near the edges. Aroma of dark candy, molasses, licorice, vanilla, and pepper. Taste is lightly sweet and peppery. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly sticky with lush carbonation.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the Brew pub: Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Aroma, spicy, slight smoky notes, some roasted notes, yeast and cloves. Flavor, spice, some corriander, cloves, yeasty, some roasted notes, and some hints of molasses. Pretty solid.
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Dark brownish body with a red tint and a small creamy off-white head. The aroma has heavy ginger, anise, and raisin sweetness. Medium body - pleasant tingly carbonation. Root, anise and plenty of ginger flavour again. Overpowering and didnít really work that well for me.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belgian? OK! Great black syrupy pour rolls around like engine oil in the tulip, releasing as it does some pretty strange aromas...licorice, cardamon, dates, and fruity Belgian yeastiness. The flavors are equally odd, and oddly refreshing, mainly licorice and roasted dark grains. The Belgian fruitiness comes forward again in the spicy yeast profile. Nicely done.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught samples at BCTC on 7/21/07
Deep amber-mahogany, medium clarity with a dark beige head that falls to cover fairly rapidly, leaving little/no lacing.
Gingerbread and caramel in the nose are quite relaxed, with plentiful malt sugars softening things considerably. Seems very rye/cardamon-driven, though I hardly thought it was overdone. Certainly the main part of the flavor/aroma, but that seems understandable for a spiced ale using these distinctive spices. Light hop earthiness and fruitiness, with some crusty/crackery malt notes that dry things out on the end, as a pinch of vanilla is noted as well. Medium strength of aroma. Simple, pleasant. I donít believe they were calling this or attempting this to be a stout, so Iím not sure why people are complaining of that. I will admit itís hardly very Belgian. Maybe Belgian-influenced? There are a bit of light Belgian esters, but itís marginal and mostly overtaken by the malt. Very clean though.
Sweet, soft and with a strong, but tasteful undercurrent of spicing that helps keep balance and adds complexity. Buttercream and vanilla run through the middle, and no roast comes out of it, as others have noted. A bit on the sugary side, yes, but itís not cloying or anything. Tons of floral notes on the end, be it hops, herbs or some other addition. Soft, simple body with moderate carbonation and a bit of looseness on the end that aids drinkability. No alcohol or flaws noted.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour. Aroma is dominated by spicing. The dark malts play a much lesser role here, but are still detectable. Orangey spice flavors dominate everything making this a strange take on a Belgian ale.