DroolYeast (1823) - Odder, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2018 KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/19/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
No carbonation in this beer means there is no head sitting on top of a dark brown beer with a cherry tint.
Lots of apple brandy in the nose, which by itself provides a lot of complexity. Some brown sugar and caramel malt join in the background.
The taste is composed of caramel malt with some brown sugar up front, some figs, raisins, and a touch of sweet cherries next, then a good dash of apple brandy. A bit of alcohol bite, a touch of what I can best describe as spruce, and some general spiciness close out the flavor. It has a relatively clean finish.
The complete lack of carbonation reduces my enjoyment of the beer and is fairly noticeable throughout each sip. Other than that, it has a full body, some stickiness, and some slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat.
Proper carbonation would make this better and really send it into a different category. As is, the flavor is pretty good, but it just does not have all the pieces.
Bottle (2016 vintage) thanks to Erik. Aroma of toffee, smoke, chocolate, fruity. Hazy brown, no head. Taste is dusty, moderate sweet, sherry, chocolate, light bitter. Medium body, dry feel and dusty finish. Jow (4214) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2018
I hadn’t realized this was a beer I never had before but happy to now have. Watching finale of Netflix The Break should probably be drinking Belgian but alas. Rich brown pour. Nose is rich dark fruits and caramel. Tastes of fig, dates, dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco, caramel. Nothing over done and insane depth of flavor. Enjoying this PNW excursion. mfisher1 (13) - - FEB 8, 2018
Really enjoyed this beer and was recommended to me by friends. Well-balanced and will definitely be drinking more soon. Ktwse (5818) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2018
Pours deep dark brown with low tan head. Aroma of bourbon, molasses, raisins, dates, figs, this nose makes itself known from a mile a away!!! Incredibly rich but not unbalanced, very enjoyable. Taste is boozy, sweet, rich, raisins and dried fruit again, quite balanced but very fiery. No carbonation in my bottle, which may be a unique thing, but drags overall impression down. Rich, fiery, smooth body with flat carbonation. JohnShepherd (5) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2017 Tasted the 2010 vintage at the brewery. Pours dark brown/ black. Complex aroma and taste. Dark fruits. Superb.
zvikar (6632) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 12, 2017
At Tom's Place, pours black to brown with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, flavor of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, coconut, bourbon, medium to full bodied, Great Larry_Spurgeon (23) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 A 2010 bottle drank on November 8 at Hair of the Dog. $30 for a 12 ounce bottle. Sounds expensive, but it was worth it. Easily the best beer of the night. JefVerstraete (3824) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2017
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Black/brown colour, no head. Flat, no carbonation. Sweet, malty, notes of unripe apples, smoke, paint thinner, unripe vegetables. Hmm, strange combo of flavours, not really what I expected. Maybe a bad batch? Not the best beer I tasted. mvh83 (6) - 's-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2017 does not count
Smells of apples, carmel and smoke. Pours dark with no carbination. Amazing taste, real mouthfull.
Great strong/old ale.
bergstaden (3394) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2017
Thanks a lot to GT for the bottle - Dark brown, olmost black with off white head - Dark malty aroma with some dark fruity tones - Dark malt body with dark fruity tones with some notes of wood - The dark fruity wood notes goes into the finish - This was real good