valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A golden amber color with a good intital head on it. Slightly citrus and spicy aroma.
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Homer321 - thanks for opening up the rotter for me, Sean! 2009 vintage. Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of off-white head that settles into a lasting thick ring and film. Notes of caramel, sweet bread, faint spice, dried berries, cardboard, esters, raisins, gold figs, and fruitcake. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation. Old, but surprisingly good for its age. I need to rate a fresher one, obviously.
cwill (19) - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Lighter than expected chestnut with a big dose of floaties but a prodigious 3-4 finger light beige head with decent retention and peaks of lacing.
S: Major fruity aroma here with fig, plums, red grapes, currants, bananas, and orange marmalade all combining with some mild herbal hopping to create a huge malt blast. The entire aroma experience is accentuated by further fruity yeast esters with a mild, phenolic, clove character
T: The flavor also assaults with malt, first with dark fruits like red and purple grapes, figs, cherries, plums, and raisins, all dosed with a heavy dose of rum-infused honey. Hops provide some balancing herbal-based bitterness. Yeast esters play a big role with banana and some lightly sulfuric apricot and peach character as well. Bitterness is low -- this is a malt wallop all the way, and a good one too. Vinous without getting wondery -- a masterful beer all-around. The alcohol is tame and in the background.
M: Silky smooth with nowhere the 12% detectable anywhere. Sumptuous feel overall with moderate carbonation to keep it from feeling too thick and viscous.
O: This was indeed a good one to put away -- wow -- huge dark fruit character with drinkability.
TH28 (213) - - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. 3/11/15 bottle date. Appearance: Dark golden, with a hint of orange. Slight haze and white foam cap that dissipated quickly.
Aroma: fruit forward Belgian yeast, mainly apple and pear, with some grape notes. Moderate intensity.
Taste: Really rich caramel malt and candu sugar dominate, with slight Belgian yeast fruitiness on the back end, mainly pear.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some viscosity, and low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but not harsh.
Finish: Very sweet maltiness on the finish, with alcohol warmth.
Overall: Considering this clocks in at 12%, it’s really smooth. Very rich maltiness and a nice balance against the fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.
WVHouseofBeer (923) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice vibrant amber hue. Aromas of candied fruit, sugar, spices and a touch of alcohol. Tastes more of the same with a little burn from the high ABV. This is a very sweet beer, and almost cloying, but there is just enough of a hop presence to tone down the sweetness. Good beer.
ramboraffe (999) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle. Pours clear amber orange with small white head. Smell is sweet fruity, caramel malt, tropical fruit, dried fruit, raisins and spicy belgian yeast. Taste is sweet fruity with dried fruit, ripe fruit and over ripe fruit and some alcohol in the finish. Sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation.
katrinaez (416) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Nice and thick beer. Fruit sweet yet sour and slight malt. Great cloudy golden color. Really enjoyed. Bottle
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a coppery light amber with many fine particles and an off-white head. Caramely aroma, sweet cotton candy and fruit. Flavor has some caramel mixing with green raisin/grape and a touch of earthiness, some alcohol edge. It’s tasty.
bytemesis (4264) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2012. Pours hazy golden, small white head. Barleywine like aroma, lots of malts, dark fruits, some bourbon notes as well. Flavor is medium sweet, very muted spices, a bit of Belgian yeast esters, but still more of a barleywine than a Belgian beer to my palate. Tastes barrel aged interestingly enough. Medium body,
dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with a small off-white head. Complex aroma with way more going on than I can pick out. Taste is similar but a little more restrained.
John25 (957) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. (Rated from memory from las night). Amber/orange. Sticky, sweet sugary fruit, boozy. Pretty good, but too sweet and unbalanced.