swillguzzler99 (135) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 ounce bottle into a Trappist glass. Pours a deep brown with a tad of head. Barely illuminates when held to a lamp. Nutty, fruity nose. Taste is some kind of tree fruit that fades well. Not too sweet. Not too shabby either. Note: this is compared to port, which is nauseatingly sweet for me. This beer is nowhere near the ports I have tried, only in minuscule flavor maybe. Don’t let the comparison be off-putting please.
gegwilson (1778) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Drinks of the World, Geneva. Pours deep brown with a cream head. Sweet aroma of raisin, port and caramel. The taste is rich and fruity with similar flavours, port especially. Spiciness to it as well. Tasty stuff.
HIGHB4LL (795) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Utah State Liquor Store in Provo. Appearance: 2 fingers tan head that does not last too long, ok lacing, prune red color, cloudy. Aroma: fruity, citrus, coriander, light molasses in the background. Palate: medium body, average carbonation, oily texture, alcohol warming down the throat. Taste: sweet molasses that is quickly overtaken by lees and fruity sweetness, prune on the back end of the sweetness, turning into a light alcoholic finish. Overall, very smooth, pretty drinkable for size.
Camons (6996) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, ripe dark fruit, dates, little chocolate. Flavor is light sweet, rich malty, caramel, dark chocolate, ripe fruits, dates, raisins, some alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, sweet finish with some warming alcohol. 290810
Pumpkin87 (85) - - MAR 3, 2015
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours beautiful dark garnet with substantial tan head that reduces quickly but lingers in decorative skim.
Aroma is dates, notes, black grapes, raisins, sweet malt. On the palate, caramel notes also emerge along with a wisp of chocolate, especially as it warms. Yes, this beer is better when given a bit of time in the glass.
Very nice medium body and pronounced effervescence help make the mouthfeel satisfying without being heavy. Similarly, the alcohol is present, but as a warm note not a burn.
It’s self-defeating for a brewer to compare a beer to port, especially old port, but I can sympathize with the impulse here. They aren’t the same, and yet they’re reaching for the same thing: a rich yet restrained beverage for a cold afternoon, a fine meal or just dessert,
It’s a pleasure to drink a big beer that is light on its feet, whose makers are happy to present it as mellow rather than "wrecking." A rebuke to American craft beer.
popkow (295) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark maroon with thin tan head. Looks and smells like cherry coke. Taste of port with spice and malt. Nice even balance with quick finish.
venettafields (10) - - FEB 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz bottle with best by date 12/03/16. Quite dusty, not sure how old this one is. Enjoyed Thanksgiving night. Pours a dark maroon/purple, ruby highlights on the periphery with a nice collar. Looks like a highly carbonated cola to be honest. Smells sweet. Fruity smells from the yeast, dates. Taste follows the nose. Slightly metallic, don’t know if that’s from the age. But dark fruit all over. I have to say, for a beer this dark, I was expecting something much heavier, but this thing was so light in the mouth, maybe from the carbonation, maybe just the style. Not bad, but not quite next level.
two7offsuit (313) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a light beige head. Aromas of malt and pepper. Similar flavor.
Jannick13 (135) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark opaque brown with large head. Aroma of caramel, peper and candied fruit. Taste of grapes, caramel and light peper. Dry finish.
Emeister84 (1407) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of purple grapes, cherry cola, subtle peppercorn, some caramel, cooked sugar. Hazy deep dark red, off-white head retains very well. Fruity, nice herbaceous spicy notes. Medium bodied, fluffy carbonation. A dangerously drinkable beer.