seymour (1306) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2011 Tasted bottle into tulip glass. Poured an opaque, very dark reddish-brown, almost black color with crazy thick beige foam, extremely persistent, fine Belgian lace. Strong perfumey aroma of unidentifiable spices, which is driving me crazy. I even waited until I’d sampled it on multiple occasions to write this review. I’m pretty sure it contains nutmeg and grains-of-paradise, but I know there’s stuff in there I can’t recognize. It was too much for me at first, but it grew on me the more I obsessed about it. Other aromas include pepper, clove, citrus zest, alcohol. A complex grainbill as indicated by flavors of malt, baking bread, toast, roasted barley, nuts, caramel, molasses, plums, black licorice, dried cranberries, refined hops bitterness. Very fruity, tart and tangy, with a pleasant bittersweet aftertaste. Exquisite bottle fermentation lends tiny, spritzy, aromatic bubbles. High ABV% is less warming than you’d expect. Profoundly spicy, not for everyone, but I love it.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in LA...brown black with scant head. Super spicy, but also sweet in a walnut cake/mincemeat way. Has a cola with Unibroue yeast character. Smooth but too sweet overall.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess this would have been about 9 months old. Dark brown. The aroma is rich and figgy, with a light spiciness. Earthy, raisiny with light fruits. Decent complexity, and clean, without too much of that Unibroue yeast.
hershiser2 (1173) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a gigantic brown head that’s VERY frothy. Smells of sweet fruits and malts. Tastes of bubble gum, dark fruits, and burnt malts. Slightly gluey flavor as well.
Poobah (241) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola-like color. Pours with a big head which thins to a light film. Spicy and peppery nose with some apple cider notes. Easy entry with an immediate spiciness and mild carbonation followed by a peppery finish. There is also a lingering, barely noticeable plum-like sweetness in the aftertaste.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated until 8/19/11
This pours a dark Cola brown with a thick, long lasting tan head.
Initially some spice and caramel malt start out the aroma. I expect more as the head falls and lets some of it break through. The aroma becomes much more fruit filled as the glass settles in.
The flavor is light and fruity, sweet, but not overly so and there are no hops playing in the flavor or finish. Spices and some raisin flavors.
Much lighter bodied than I was expecting.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage bb 9/10/13 shared by dave on 1/9/11.
pretty much cola colored with a soft beige head.
very spicy nose... cardamom, black pepper, ginger, clove and unibroue yeast along with notes of cola, malt and molasses.
the flavor is the same only too sweet, too big and too spicy... yet it remains crisp from high carbonation.7/4/6/3/14
alexsdad06 (4338) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown in color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma has sweeter malts, fruits, spices like ginger and sage with mild yeastiness. The flavor has sweet malts, caramel, yeast, ginger, cloves and some nice fruits. Medium bodied with a drier finish,
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On 06/18/2011. Dark brown body with a small frothy tan head. Sweet fruit and spice aroma. Sweet spice and fruit flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/3/7/3/15 3.5
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear black body with a medium cream tan head. Big spice flavor with fruit and caramel. Big spice flavor, with caramel and belgian spice. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/4/8/4/14 - 3.7
mabel (5281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3733-20110513] 750mL bottle. Spiced perfumey cloves and toasted grains aroma. Murky, dark brown red body with a long-lasting creamy light mocha head. More cloves and spiced grains in the flavour has a bit of an apricot finish. Medium body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
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