muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Richmond Beverage in Richmond, VT (April 2007), served at cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Stable lightly caramel-inflected off-white foam near-fills the glass above the tawny opaque umber body, lacing fitfully as it very slowly decays…..sweet nose, brown sugar and light figginess, trademark faint dry yeastiness is there but even more muted than usual.....on the tongue, chocolate mixes with a light sour cherry flavor, a tartness upfront that’s strange and quite interesting; at first the mouthfeel is a bit thin but it softens and deepens with a bit of warmth; alcohol is as hidden as I’ve experienced in a 10% brew, I would have guessed 7% if I didn’t know better...malts are firm and hold up the complex mix of sourness and bitter/sweet chocolates; the finish is effervescent and ephemeral. Could use a touch of bitterness perhaps, and just a bit less carbonation, but this is a fun beer and one I’ll no doubt be trying again.
Spive (5) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a perfect caramel colour... As if you melted some in your glass. Nice fluffy head that only lingers for a few minutes. Carbonation is tight as if it were bottle conditioned (not sure if it is or not). Very smooth mouthfeel and a beautiful bready taste. Reminds me a lot of Rochefort 8. In fact I think I calls for a head to head to call a winner
ILduce (184) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle LCBO: Opaque dark brown with tight rocky off-white head and good lace. Bold aromas of spice, espresso, and dark fruits. Complex flavour of raisins, fig, clove, yeast, and rich malt. High alcohol content is warming and well hidden. Robust mouthfeel with a superb bittersweet finish. Simply exquisite strong ale from a legendary Canadian brewery.
Sheffee (25) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Remarkable complexity, depth and balance. You find something new in it every time you take a sip. A must for any beer lover.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark maroon brown color, medium beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, figgy pudding. Taste is dates, raisins, light spice. Nice character and complexity.
vadie (375) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur sombre de cuivre avec une mousse moyenne beige/marron. L’arôme de levure d’Unibroue, du tabac, malt rôti et chêne. Le goût est d’abord un peu du malt sucré, puis du chêne, ensuite un peu du fruits noir, avec une finition légèrement amer et sec. C’est une très bonne bière et je voulais lui donner un avis plus fort, mais c’est pas une des grande bières selon moi. Une bière excellente quand même.
undsioux7 (789) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a copper highlight. The head is slight in a white ring around the glass. aroma of oak and spice with a touch of tobacco. Flavor is tart and dark fruits up front. Oak with cardamom and cinnamon spice on the middle. Light almost Smokey tobacco and spice on the end. Slight hint of alcohol. The transition of flavors is throwing me off a bit on this one. I love the distinct profiles from the front to the back of the pallete, but its too stark for me. this just came to me but I also get some gingerbread from the breadiness and spices.
mR_fr0g (1385) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Kernel tasting, Thanks to Mr Bosi for this one. Cloudy copper brown colour with a thin white head halo. Aroma is sweet toffee, , belgian yeast esters. Flavour is harsh metalic, caramel, bittering carbonaic acid, honey malt. Spritzy OTT carbonation. Some alcohol presence.
koleminer20 (188) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a light to medium brown, with a nice medium sized khaki head. There is a good lace on the glass. The nose is immediately very sweet and woody. There is a heavy malt character to it, and a light spiciness. Clove, maybe some allspice. The aroma also contains nice leafy and grassy notes, with some light fruit. The flavor is really sweet, with tones of molasses joining the spiciness and the fruitiness.
falco242 (164) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hot damn, this beer is good. Sharing wirh ElGaucho, and we’re impressed. Great sweet bready aroma and nice pour. The oak is really well balanced and the beer is nice and sweet and bready and ends with some burnt caramel and oaked winey flavor. Really something special.
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy if Falco242. Unique and delightful aroma. Hint of raisins and yeast. Mostly clear dark amber body. Excellent lace. Creamy smooth, with a phenomenal finish with hints of hops. A wonderful sipper.