altonbrownd (5100) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Beer Mania. Dark brown cola body with thin head. Nose of subdued malts and caramel. Taste is sweet, strong and fruity. Quite roasty, especially in the finish. It is pretty thin and too roasty in the finish.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour with a rocky ecru head. Tangy, lightly acidic aroma; swimming pool and dark fruit jam. Flavor is rather thin - caramel, light leather, light dates. Not great.
tderoeck (7578) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear darkbrown to ruby beer, a fine white to beige head. A very sweet and fruity smell. Hint of caramel and coffee. A pleasant mouthfeeling, just enough carbon to counter the sweetness. Tastes a little sweet, brown sugar, that changes to sour with hints of chocolate, coffee and cherries. A sweetsour aftertaste, again with a note of cherries in it. There’s a sweetness to it, but it’s not a sweet beer. Very well balanced.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First up, a lower alcohol version of Buffalo from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche.
It pours pitch black with a dense and creamy tan head.
Smells of fruity dark malt, sweet and with a hint of some metallic aromas.
Sweet in the mouth with just a hint of roastiness. Lovely balance that I wasn’t expecting. Mocha and hint of dark chocolate. Underpinnings of ripe dark fruit. Medium-bodied with a sweet finish and a uncharacteristically clean finish.
Very flavorful but smooth and drinkable. A good start!
bhensonb (13516) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cola color with a low off-white head. Aroma of dark roasted caramel. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Flavor is a bit overroasted caramel. Heading for porter almost. Flavor seems a bit citric. It’s not sweet to me. Finishes rather dark, but not extremely dry. Leaves dark roasted malt taste behind.
Travlr (19481) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Zythos Beer Festival 2010. Bright maroon color, large amount of lacing. Aroma of burnt espresso. Taste starts sweet, the progresses to Starbucks and bitter cocoa. Nice enough.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at ZBF. Pours a deep clear amber with good retention on the head but no lacing. Sweet barbecue aroma with light smoke, sweet cherries. Taste is syrupy sweet with something I can’t place that is a bit weird (old tar ?) plus some molasses.
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2011 Tasting at ZBF. Black color with a white head. Aroma has some impressive notes of smoked malts. The taste is malty with some hops and a nice light bitterness. Good brew.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 25cl. Courtesy of pivnizub. Very nice aroma of wood, berries, plum, brown sugar, cocoa powder, menthol and cherry. Sweet taste which is woody, sour. Nice combination of sourness and sweetness. Good head retention and lacework. Menthol sneaking in. Reminiscence of cherry and chocolate powder in the finish. A good beer. Thanks a lot pivnizub!
Wim (3473) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown coloured body with a off white head a spicy malty fruity coffee aroma a spicy malty fruity caramel coffee sweet taste with a spicy sweet bitter finish