TimE (6273) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2011
Had the 10 and 11 version. 10 is clearly better. More rounded and tart.09 was much more,Sour, rounded with good chocolate and dark fruit notes. Nice beer. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2011
reddish brown pour with a fast fading head.
aroma is fruits and spice. brown bread. orange zest. molasses/toffee.
Flavour is molasses, dark fruits, ginger spice. little thin in the body.
Overall pretty easy drinking.
A little bit reminiscent of their Fireside chat in the spice/orange peel profile.
QuezXLV (422) - Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
I’m drinking this while I’m thirsty so it tastes a little better that usual. I can taste the cinnamon a bit in the flavor. The aroma is pleasant but not very strong. italianjohn (3310) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
Deep amber/brown pour hazy .... aroma of dark fruity yeast sweet sugary with light beige soapy head .... taste of dark overripe fruits, little boozy, sweet brown sugar, sweet caramel malts and fruity yeast .... a pretty big beer with a malty boozy warming finish GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2011
Pours a dark, murky ruddy brown with hints of amber in the edges underneath a small creamy beige head that shows excellent lacing on the way down.
Aroma is sweet with candi sugar, fuity esters and lots of dark overripe fruits, especially cherries and plums. Also some chocolate and caramel sweetness. There are hints of spices but they’re very subtle.
The taste is definitely a little more spicy up front, peppery almost, and the sweetness is less dominant though the cherries are still there. It’s the candi sugar that throttles back a bit and the finish is lightly spicy with a noticeable alcohol burn going down.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and drier than I was expecting in the finish.
This is a nice Belgian dark from 21st Amendment though it’s not all that complex and lacks the body to be considered great.
poisoneddwarf (2690) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2011
12 oz can into tulip. Pours a brownish-orange with a medium light-beige collapsing head. Aroma is strong in banana, faint cinnamon also. Taste is sweet and lightly tangy, fruity. Boozy hot alcohol singes the throat. Carbonation and body are medium. Starts out really good and starts going downhill about halfway through. Ends cloyingly sweet and starts losing carbonation. A big hot mess. beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Can pours a deep red with a huge tan head. Scent is caramel, spices and dark fruit. Taste is is dark sugar sweet with fruit notes with a dry finish. sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
On tap at the Rose & Crown. Poured a dark winey (one could almost say bloody, except it was translucent) red, with a moderate amount of head. Aroma of prunes, some caramel, a touch of yeastiness. Taste was not overly complex, just sweet with a very mild malty backbone. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side but got better as it warmed up. No alcohol burn for the high ABV. Very drinkable. Not a favorite but a solid beer. arone12 (935) - Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Pretty sweet name to this one. Pours a murky brown color with an off white head. Smells of some hops and malts. Pretty bitter considering the sweeter smell. Has some malty tastes but definitely surprised me a bit. Unsure where the name comes from though. I am hoping there isn’t the blood of a monk in this... TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12 oz can courtesy of another box from MvW. Thanks, man! Pours a richer brownish pour, not opaque, with a distinct ruby hue throughout, deep cherrywood colors, a good murkiness, with a sizable light brown head atop, cakes as a good layer, laces ok, sticks around pretty well. Aromas are good doses of caramel, toffee, spicy yeast and Candi sugar. Fruit comes forward as it warms more, some faint pit fruit moving into baked apples, some pear, and touches of candied fruit. Smooth vanilla and more sticky malts come into the fold, inviting yeasty element, more candi sugar. Initial is medium bodied, offering some stale malts and sweetness, Candi sugar and a good deal of caramel and toffee move into the fold. Immediately, toasty apples and touches of dark fruit, dried fruits, mellow orange peel. A gentle yeasty spice, smooth sticky malts. A bit thicker than medium bodied, offering some good flavors, girth, sweetness up front and through the middle, drying out and getting a little spicy into the finish. Touches of oak, the cardamom and dark fruit give me a reminders of Collab ’08. A solid American darker Belgian beer, sweet and inviting, with a touch of contrast into the finish. Warmer nose offers a lot of yeast, apples.