RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Winter warmer...brewed with 8 malts, molasses, poplar syrup, dark candi sugar, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some orange peels.

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Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Tulip at the brewpub. Pours jet black with a thin ring around the edge and a triangular patch of tiny bubbles with beautiful lacing. On the nose is huge banana, chocolate and dark malt. Medium-bodied and creamy with tongue-tickling carbonation & a quick finish. The flavor is banana, chocolate malt, and clove-like spiciness. After reading the other reviews for this beer, I’m wondering what the heck I was drinking, because it didn’t resemble anything described in existing rating. The big yeasty banana was undeniable and it was the first thinkg my buddy pulled out as well. Curious. Never-the-less, it was my favorite of the 3 beers that were on during my visit.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Tap and served in snifter: Deep brown near opaque, small biege head, very good lace. The aroma has notes of plum, fig, chocolate, smoke, walnut, and woody esters. The taste starts with a big sweet malt character supported by some acidic twang, fruity. The finish is roasty and grainy with some smoke. The mouth feel is chewy, soft, lush, and oily. A solid dark ale, geek worthy. Could be a touch more balanced and attenuated to be world-class.

vyvvy (6839) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Hmmm, don’t know about the winter warmer note in the description as this was a nice light beer on a summer day for me. Poured black (duh) with a light tan head. The aroma had dark fruits, citrus, crisp dark malt (no roasted qualities) and some yeast. Medium / light body that is smooth and refreshing with semi-sharp carbonation - very pleasant. The taste starts with the dark malt from the aroma, raisins and dates with citric acid acting as a balance. The finish is fairly short and sharp with a bit of a tang to it. Some dark caramel becomes noticeable as it warms. This is a very nice refreshing beer that could be as easily enjoyed in the summer as the winter.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/29/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

black, frothy beige head, lots of lace, light roasted aroma with a fruity edge, creamy body, rich chocolate and roast flavor, light fruity esters, the rich chocolate and the creamy body is a great combination and makes this beer
-------- /> Date: 07/21/2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.7 to 3.3

aroma is roasted with just a bit of the dark chocolate, rich dark chocolate and roasted flavor with burnt sweet dark fruits, the increase in sweet fruity character is a plus but the increasted roasted and burnt rubber character takes it away

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

Optigon (561) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Pours black, transparent, with little head. Moderate mouth feel. All I really get out of this beer is burnt styrofoam. Bleh. Some vanilla and sweetness with a carbon, bitter finish. Bleh.

BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Had on draft at the brew pub. Served in snifter. Dark, thick, with a nice creamy head. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate. I thought this beer was fascinating! I had never tried a dark belgian before. Very complex flavors. Malts, chocolate, coffe, sweet cream...All blended very very well for a delightful drink while sitting outside on a hot day!

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
On tap @ the brew pub: Poured a very dark brown with an off white head. Aroma, molasses caramel, yeast. Flavor, molasses more molasses, and some black strap molasses, spices and yeast. I thought they over did it a bit with this one.

pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2007
On tap at Brugge. Dark dark dark brown, though not as impenetrable as a stout with a head offwhite head. Some people’s looked quite a bit more rocky in terms of the head, but alas, my beer was more full. The nose was sweet but well rounded. A bit of toast, but nothing I disliked. Some fruity caramel, but nice balance with a slight bit of spice. The mouthfeel smooth and healthy in terms of viscosity. Just not a lot of beers with a fuller mouthfeel. The flavor one me ove though. This was a beautifully clean beer. No off flavors per se, everything seemed as intended. Some subtle chocolate but nothing over done. A bit spicey, but again it was harmonious with the rich, though not over developed malt. A very nice subtle dark sweetness with no lingering flavors beyond a bit of the slight Belgian twang. I could drink this every day, if only they bottled! (Too bad the service I had was absolutely miserable)

Tmoney99 (15133) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Draft in snifter at brewpub. Poured hazy brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malty and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex drinkable brew.

Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2007
On draft @ Brugge served up in a large tulip glass. Looks black in this stout glass with creamy tan head leaving behind decent lacing. Very light aroma of sweet malt. Tough to make out. The flavor hits first with sweet brown sugar and molasses. Then I get a slight hint of plums, raisins and a bit of pepper. Behind the sweetness is a light undercurrent of roasted malts and even some faint burnt malts. As it warms the plums and pepper show up in the aroma. Another tasty offering.

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