bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Brown beer with a beige head. Sweet malt and caramel aroma with spice. Xmas spice and yeast flavor with caramel and light dark fruits. Medium bodied. Xmas spice and caramel lingers with yeast, light dark fruits, and light tartness.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#1167 draught; nose is heavy red apple, decent alcohol, moldy, sweet red berries, feel is medium, carb is medium, taste is sweet malt heavy rotten fruit, cake, medium sour notes
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a big dark fruit aroma. There is a slightly sour dark malt flavor with some plum, candi sugar and a soft dry finish. Very tasty.
shoulderbroken (1987) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Quinns. Dark red brown colour with small beige head. Aroma is fruit cake, treacle, sweet, caramel. Taste is dark fruit, sweet cake-like, and boozy. Bit of chocolate. Medium to full bodied with a rich finish.
Bosskie (382) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wine red with a greyish head. Very dark but transparent giving it nice red highlights. No carbonation.
Strong caramel peppery smell with hints of vanilla and dried prunes and raisins. Toffee, wood and alcohol with a nice port-like feel.
The taste is dominated by fizziness and a bitter alcoholic warmth developing into chocolate, making it feel a bit like a liquor-filled bonbon. A bit liek a stout but much more subtle, with a nice woodiness. A very nice beer for winter!
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Map Room for their 19th anniversary. Pours a cloudy, deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty malty sweet with a good amount of dark fruits consisting of raisin, plum, and a touch of cherry. The malts are somewhat bready with a light yeasty spice and herbal hopping. Flavor is similar. Sweeter bready malts with some caramel and a touch of wheat up front. More dark fruits in the middle with some yeast, a touch of chocolate, and more raisins. Gets a bit spicy towards the finish from the yeast and light herbal hops as this dries nicely, but remains fairly sweet and fruity with a touch of roast showing up late as well. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice dubbel. Fairly sweet and fruity, but it gets more complex as it warms. I especially liked how this finished. Nice beer.
blipp (5981) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Light spicy yeasty aroma with sweet and toasty malts. The flavor has dark fruits, spicy yeast, caramel, and some light underlying funky notes. Good stuff.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the map room. Pours a deep amber brown witha small off white head. Aroma is dark fruits sweet candied character lots of caramel. Flavor dark fruit a toych vinous with some spice yeasty character in the finish with other notes of raisin plum and a sweet caramel finish. Medium body. Ok beer
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at maproom, fairly nice beer here. Big on the noble hops, red fruit and slightly less brown sugar. The blatant diacetyl is the biggest detractor, bit metallic, touch of blood/iron, light chocolate, grassy bitter vinous metallic hops.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of malt, light dark ripe fruit, slight candi sugar, slight Belgian yeast, slight medicine, light caramel, plum, and fig. Poured very dark amber/brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, foamy, tan/brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Not sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, Belgian yeast, banana, light spice, light dark ripe fruit, plum, and hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, hop, finish. 8.8%ABV completely hidden throughout.