Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC for their 1st anniversary party. Pours a deep brown body with some reddish tints. Thin, but very bubbly and lasting, light khaki brown colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is quite nice and very complex. At first, a lot of molasses, caramel malts, and brown sugar jump out, but a smell later, lots of dried fruit, smoke, and bubble gum come through. After continuous sniffing, I get some chocolate, toffee, and noticeable cloves and nutmeg. Very interesting aroma that I’m liking more and more. The flavor is just as mind boggling. There is a lot going on here. With my first sip I get a lot of molasses and maltiness with a distinct brown sugar and caramel taste, but with my second taste, I get more berries, roast, chocolate, licorice, and a very light and sweet booze taste. Just to throw me off even more, I get hints of Belgian yeast and more of the clove and nutmeg spicing from the aroma. Finishes very smooth with a banana-nutmeg, roasty-chocolate lingering taste. Damnit, theres even some smoke in there too. Palate is full and thick, slightly syrupy, and does not drink like a 9.5% ABV beer. Overall, I am a big fan of this. There is so much going on with nothing ever sticking out. Wow, I am perplexed. Belgian stong ale? More like a big brown with some belgian characteristics. Whatever they want to classify this as, its damn good! RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Hot damn, this was good. This beer, despite the Belgian characteristics, puts their barley wine to SHAME when comparing thick, sipping beers. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Aroma of maple, fruit and brown sugar. Flavor of maple, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, and pear. Finishes with MORE maple, raisin, and toasty hops. Thick bodied, softer carbonation than the style usually dictates, nearly syrupy. This was awesome! Definitely my kind of beer. And it’s not over-hopped, yay! Get me a case please, if they ever bottle this. yespr (47519) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and complex Belgian yeast fruity. Sweet fruity yeasty and with a nice roasted malt flavour. Very fruity yeasty. Lasting fruity phenolic and sweet finish. Palme (4823) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2017
On tap @ Rattle N Hum - Bear Republic Tap Takeover. This one’s from 2008! Pretty cool being able to try this. In the glass this is a really dark looking on. Deep dark brown looking with a small dark beige head in the top. Oh, this smells pretty amazing. It’s really woody tart sour, it has tones of sour red fruits. Lots of nice sweetish oxidation and a little bit of alcohol. Really good smelling this! Oh, my it’s delicious tasting also! It has a lovely oxidation that binds the flavor wonderfully together. It sweetish cherry like, lots of old earthy blueberries that’s been blended with vanilla, butterscotch blue plums and cranberries. A soft saltiness also present. Lots and lots of flavor here! A wonderful tasting slightly scary one. 17.06.2015 JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
I sampled this at the brewpub during RBSG 2009.
Nice dark brown pour with interesting flavors of nutmeg, molasses and brown sugar, this beer is unique. I really liked the flavor, but there’s no way that I could drink a pint of it. It is definitely a sipper.
Sledutah (7833) - Utah, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Barrel Aged - On tap at the BN Brews Festival 1/30/10 bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Appearance: Dark brown with a tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Oak, sweet malts, caramel
Taste: Caramel, oak, sweet malts, yeast
This is a great beer. This was one of the best beers I had at the festival.
Draft, Dark amber beer with a light tan head. Sour, light green apple aroma. Sour flavor with some caramel malt, light green apple, and light acetic notes. Medium bodied. Sourness lingers with light oak, green apples, and light malt. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Poured brown with a brown head. Aroma of dark sugar, ripe dark fruits, and chocolate. Flavor is rich roasty malt, caramel, wood, and some smoke with a lightly bitter finish. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Draft at Blind Pig Co in Champaign, IL. Pours a deep rich brown with a tan head. Aroma of yeast, belgian malts, and dark fruits. Heavier side of medium bodied with soft to medium carbonation. Flavor of plums, berries, spice, and dark belgian malts. Yeasty and musty finish. Nice beer. Pretty simple and not overly complex. slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"i have to take issue with the "wild and untamed" portion of the brewers description. other than that, it’s pretty accurate. a darn good beer, wild or not, just not what i was expecting. great malty flavor and aroma, with just a hint of the wildness and spices promised. a dangerously drnkable brew for 9.5%. The Bear’s summer alternative to Blac Bear stout."