ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a murky brown color with a small creamy head. Nose of chocolate, peanut butter, and nuts. Sticky mouthfeel. Taste is caramel, molasses, spice, and those little belgian dark chocolate candies. Nice. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2008 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a creamy, thick light brown head and great lacing. Hazy brown body. Aroma of bananas, chocolate, toffee and a bit of dried cranberry. Taste is a bit metallic with dark fruits and spice. Bitter Finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with light bubbles. mar (5470) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. light brown pour with a thin cream head. nose of yeast, musk and fruits. not bad on the palate with a heavy dark fruit flavor and a musky finish. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Date: January 03, 2009
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, touch of chocolate, lots of fruity esters, nice spicy phoenolics
Flavor: rich malt flavor, sweet fruity esters are well balanced with the spicy phoenolics, light bitterness
Date: January 03, 2010
Source: cellar ticker tasting
drying out a lot allowing the spicy phenols to take over,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Thanks for the bottle Yaniv! Pours a darker slightly hazed reddish brown with a thin warm tan head. The nose is creamy with rich malt and a subtle belgian fruitiness. Dark fruit and chocolate. I cannot smell any alcohol. Really remarkable clean, especially considering my past experience with Barley Island. Creamy full mouthfeel, heavy, but not inappropriate. The flavor is in line with the nose. Perhaps better. Big ass malt, very creamy. Bubblegum. Dark fruit, some chocolate. Ridiculously sweet, but the malt is so round it works. A bit of fruity Belgian yeastiness. Lingering roast might be out of place given the Belgian yeastiness, but I just really like this beer a lot. I may have overrated this... but it is drinking really great and I think this brewery need some encouragement to make more brews like this!
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Draft at BI - Aroma is clean and appealing. Belgian yeast, bubblegum, chocolate and pungent spice. Pours dark garnet with a ring head and great lacing. Flavor is strong and tasty, matches aroma with some caramel added in for good measure. Oily palate with a full lingering mouthfeel. A very nice brew. vyvvy (6955) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours dark brown / burgundy with a lightly sudsy tan head. The aroma has sweet brown sugar, creamy caramel, toffee, vanilla bean, heavy cream and Belgium maltiness. Nice aroma. Medium / full body with very gentle lightweight carbonation. The flavor starts with the brown sugar aspect with a bit of sourness and anise. There is some Belgium-like aspect in there, but it is more faint and the cream is gone. The finish is fairly sharp with traits in the initial taste. This is quite good and the best I’ve had from the brewery. As it warms a caramel / dark toffee aspect comes out quite a bit. ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Appearance: Pours a hazy, chestnut brown body with no real head formation beyond a few stray bubbles.
Smell: Toasty, dark caramel maltiness with a constant undercurrent of rich fruitiness and sweet-smelling candi sugars. Light dash of cinnamon on top.
Taste: Toasted bread crusts crumpled into gooey caramel sweet. Hefty amount of candi sugar. Moderate sweetness. Lightly tart fruity plums and raisins spiced with, well, spices. No more than an extremely faint bitterness. Touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: A fairly pleasant sipper. Worth at least picked up a bottle. What’s the worst that could happen? TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
12 oz bottle. Dark purple brown with a thin ring. Nose is raisin, orange and dough. Smooth and chewy with buzzy carb. Taste is plum, blackberry jam and banana. Fades leaving peppery red wine. At first i thought this was too sweet but the vinous finish balances things nicely. Rciesla (5498) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Wax Sealed Bottle extra in a trade. Appearance of cola mahogany in a glass with 1 finger off white head. Sweet caramel, dark fruit plum and cherry. Nice alcohol warming with a spice or two. Lots of alcohol fruit in the finish and banana esters. Great brew!