douglas88 (5131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, listed special dark 14th anniversary thanks to Eric. Pours a very cloudy brown color with a large beige head. The aroma is sweet malts, banana esters, light mustiness. The flavor is similar; like a rich Belgian ale, sweet bananas, musty malts, spicy and sweet. Very unique.
madmitch76 (12145) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2nd March 2011
Cloudy brown beer, no head. Sweetish malt and alcohol nose. Sweet spice too. Slightly dry palate. Sweet malt, sweet spice. Trace of bubblegum. Aniseed alcohol. Dry warming finish. Not great - perhaps should have left this for a year or two.
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The pour is an amber brown sort of color with a finger of off-white head.
S: Not quite as boozy as the regular, thankfully. Some banana and lots of citrus, maybe some other dark fruit notes. A little bit of toasted and roasted malt.
T: Maybe a little bit of vanilla and toasted malt. Thereís a little bit of banana and some citrus fruit flavors. Still fairly boozy, but thatís not surprising. Also some brown sugar and caramel.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Though not as boozy as the regular version, itís still a bit much.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark rusty brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of dates, figs, brown sugar, candied malt and plums. Taste of figs, dates, brown sugar, candied malt and sweet caramel.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too retired bottle from Oak Tree. Glad they decided to bottle this. Pours hazy brown with transient beige smear of bubbles. Nice aroma of aged/overaged dark fruits. Strong C2H5OH aroma as the tulip approaches nose. Full bodied. Frothy creamy carb. Flavor is pretty roasted malt/wheat, with minor heat impacts on mouth edges. Itís sweet, but thereís enough bitter to knock that down. The brown sugar/fruity flavors are exquisite. It is a challenging and rewarding drink.
kbutler1 (1324) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a clear dark caramel red color with a tan 1/2 finger head of tiny bubbles. Caramel, dark fruit, banana, and slight alcohol. Some lace left on the glass as the head settles out. Medium mouthfeel. Starts off with a pretty sweet caramel and fruit flavor and quickly transitions to a bitter boozy flavor. Ends rather cleanly with only a slight alcohol aftertaste. As it warms the bitter ending becomes a little more prevalent. Overall, not bad but not a true favorite either.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours turbid mahogany with 3 finger off-white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, red wine grapes, cobwebby figgy yeasty esters, berry, cherry, and spice. Tastes very malty, yeasty estery, with cherry and berry, a lot of caramel, some fig, backup hops. Complex, but a bit muddled.
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber with bubbly/creamy off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, various spices, banana, nuts and light carmale notes. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, banana, toffe and some nuts. Some of the ABV detected.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, spices and bananas. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, bananas, and spices. Banana/rum/raisin bread. Alcohol burn in the finish.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewery only release. Pours cloudy amber/brown, with an off white head. Aroma is honey, malt, fruit, and spices. Flavor is fruit, honey, malt, spices, and some alcohol. I like this one better than the original.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of yeast, light alcohol, light spices, and slight banana. Poured dark amber/brown in color with a large, creamy, rocky, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of yeast, light banana, slight spices, slight cocoa, and hints of hops and honey. Medium to full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Creamy, yeasty finish is lightly sticky. 11.8%ABV is totally hidden.