thorongil2 (3688) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2018
(Tap) hazy, bright reddish amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of jam, brown sugar; thick palate; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish balloonbuffoon (845) - - JAN 3, 2018
12floz bottle, batch #13, BOD: 07.2015, 17.2% ABV, bought on sale for $3 about six months ago, tulip glass. This strong Belgian style dark ale is murky brown with a beige head, and has sweet boozy aroma. The palate is plenty hot, which is to be expected given this beer's high ABV. It's very sweet and malt laden with flavors of toffee, and a plethora of dark dried fruits. I consider this beer to be pretty good, but not one I'd go for any given mood when other options are more suitable.
daje (4554) - NORWAY - NOV 7, 2017
Bottle, december 3rd 2016. Brown body with an offwhite head. Aroma is malty with oak, wood, white wine, dark plums. Taste is sweet syrupy with grapes, prunes, concentrated flowers. A big bodied beer with lots of sweet fruit stuff going on. JDBaker11058 (2482) - Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2017
Wowser. 2015 version. Huge and sweet, slightly boozy after aging 2 years. Tons of treacle, raisin, fig, and molasses. Some floaties. Bitterbill (2079) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Oct 2007
I had this one years ago before I really got into reviewing beers and I thought, at the time, the alcohol level was just too much.(It *was* higher abv back then, I think)
This pours from 12oz bottle(Bottled in 2007) a deep amber gold with a surprisingly large head of foam. Lots of sticky lacing there...nice. The foam settles down after a while and remains as a ring around the glass and just a few spots in middle.
The smell is of caramel malt, dark fruit, some yeast, some alcohol, and somewhat of a tartness in the background.
The taste has a very sweet, syrupy taste on the first sip. After that initial sweetness, I can taste some nice dark fruit like plum and fig with a bit of toffee and a little bit of earthiness. And yeah, the alcohol is there, evident by the warming during and after the swallow but it's not offensive.
Further sips in and though maybe a tad still hot, I'm liking the flavours and overall feel of this brew...oh, there's some cherry there that just made its way to my palate. Very darn tasty and pretty drinkable considering its high abv.
It has a full body and the carbonation is lightly done and the finish has a slight bitterness to it that lingers for a while. Nice. I'm going to save my other bottle(also 2007) for next year and see what happens but in the mean time, while I'm in Colorado for the GABF Saturday, I'm going to buy some more. I'm pretty darned impressed.
KennethArd (666) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2017
2006 Vintage. Very intense aroma of milk chocolate, Cocio, prunes, raisins, wet wood, smoke, nuts, almonds etc etc etc. Maybe the most perfect aroma I have ever experienced. Clear reddish brown with long lasting low brown head. Medium sweet & light sour taste. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation & very very long finish with the high alcohol in a perfect warming balance. Not only the best beer I have tasted this year, but maybe the best of the decade!!! sebastokrator (134) - - SEP 18, 2017
2015 bottle. Pours a orange brown with an off-white head. Nose is very fruity. I pick up date, raisin, fig, molasses, a hint of honey, and a ton of alcohol. Taste hits you with alcohol first and foremost. Underneath the booze there is dark fruit: dates and figs. The molasses comes through but the honey is missing. The mouthfeel is very syrupy. Medium bodied with light, crisp carbonation. Big and bold, but probably the weakest of the Demons of Ale. I'll still miss Mephistopheles; this not so much. tmrmwel (2340) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2017
gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2016, # 14. Pours mahogany, with a rocky head. Aroma is caramel malts, with candi sugar, muscovado, plums and wooden notes. Medium body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is malts, with grains, caramel and caraway, as well as kandi and perfumey notes.
Bottle; pours cloudy caramel brown with a tan head; aroma dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and a little yeast and spice; taste is sweet caramel with dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast, and hints of honey; dry, finish with some hints of spice tightslice (1536) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is boozy toffee pudding, creme brulee. Taste is sweet and rich caramel boozy dessert from a fancy restaurant. Very sweet, could have used more beast.