ST247 (429) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample thanks to 77ships. Pours black with off-white head. Aroma cacao, molasses, syrup, Medium body, good carbonation. Really enjoyable one.
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
E’ buonissima, sa di frutta ,caramello, spezie a non finire. Più adatta all’inverno e in particolare nelle sere natalizie.
schuimkroaat (424) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ Dec 08. A red-brown beer topped with a minimal but relatively lacy head. Atypical nose for a dark beer, initially very hoppy and aromatic. Dark malts reveal themselves slowly afterwards, followed by plum brandy-like alcohol and ’buhtle’, an airy, jam filled cake known in the Balkan region. Rich, juicy taste of dark malts with hints of fruit (appels, grapefruit) and a bitter finish.
oakbluff (424) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle via DBL- thanks John! Pours a dark ruby with off white head, nice lacing. Nose- huge waft of candi sugar and figs, raisins and plums. Taste- very rich sweet caramel malts and molasses but also a mineral like dryness. The juniper is tough to pick up but is somewhat noticeable on the finish as the beer thins out. An excellent winter warmer.
Maarten1993 (413) - - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Really sweet beer. Very present alcohol warmth. Also hints of caramel. Dry finish. The sweetness is dominating, nice.
Drank again this week with Rik and Lennart while watching wie is de mol, unaware of the fact that I already drank it once. This what my notes said:
Donker. Beetje schuim. Lekker dik, goede mouthfeel. Alles goed. Beetje naar andere beschrijvingen kijken. Zoete valt op maar niet te.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer with a large coffee coloured head that quickly faded to leave a constant thin band, aroma is sweet and licorice. Taste is malty, brown sugar and slightly toasty but saying that a little muted - alcohol is very well hidden.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is quite pretty with a murky cola pour leaving a nice and thick off-white head that gives way to a small white film with no sign of lacing.
Smells fantastic with a strong hint of brown sugar and lighter hints of cola, coffee, and chocolate.
Tastes pretty darn good as well and is surprisingly complex. I believe it reminds me of a good porter more than a strong dark ale, which I realize is something of a catch all. Sweetness, milky textured, and a taste of coffee and cream with some fruits hiding around the end. Relatively high alcohol content is successfully masked. Carbonation is just a tad too heavy. Body is leaning medium.
Drinkability is great, I would absolutely have one again but probably not session due to the alcohol level.
Tulle (369) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown, clear, minimal head, caramel, nuts, alcohol, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation,
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft. 03/2006) Thick, tan, moussy head. Dark, dark, clear amber. Moderate hop aromas supplemented by candi sugar aroma and licorice. Candi sugar and toffee predominate the taste. Full bodied. Bitter back end.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, with a thick head. Spicy, rich taste - notes of plums and spices. Some bitterness, but not too much.