maekchu (4001) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle from The Tin Bucket. Roasty nose, with plenty of spice, dark fruit, and very light fumes. Reddish/brown color, tan head, lots of carb rising. Caramel, roast malt, dark sugar, plums, raisins, and spice. Medium body. Alcohol is well hidden. Tasty ... but kind of muddled flavors. Just on the edge of cloying. williamstome (1909) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Dark brown pour. Vaguely vinous aroma, flavor is very sweet with notes of wine and dark fruits. bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
Rating #1673 - #CBC2015 Beer 58 - Day 4 - On tap at Bailey’s Taproom w/ Ferris. Dark copper pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention.heavy on carbonation Aroma is quite fruity. Full bodied. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Taste is ripened pears, burnt sugar, hazelnut. Extremely smooth finish and a lingering taste of sweet malt. Superb and lovely. Brentv (680) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2016
On tap at New Seasons in Beaverton, OR. Deep red brown with a small whitish head that completely disappeared and little lacing. Aroma and taste of dark fruits and candy and Belgian yeasts. Sweet. A little thin. Could have benefitted from a little hoppy bitterness. No more than medium body. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Flight pour on tap at the brewery tap room (Bend, Or). Pours a rich deep reddish mahogany pour, copper and ruby with subtle haze, deeper rich winter colors and a subtle carmelized glow on the edges. Frothy offwhite head atop dies down, ends up a mellow ringer, subtle lacing overall. Pretty color and hue. Aromas are fruit cake, Belgian candi sugar and earth, some subtle stone fruit, subtle spicy yeast and faint earthy appeal. Not sweet, but you can tell the depths of flavor and darker malts are sweet, lush and rich. Initial is deeper, full enough body without overwhelming. Jabs of candi sugar, faint banana and some growing dried and dark fruit. A subtle brown sugar appeal, faint earth, some caramel and lighter yeasty spice. Mellow ABV related warmth and banana, hang around estery fruit. Surprisingly lighter and fruitier than I’d think. The sweeter malts throw some body and girth but never get sticky or overwhelming. Not a style I love but pretty well crafted. Backend and finish are subtle spice, warmth, bitter dried fruit skin and dome darker plum and raisin appeal. Finish is a bit toasty, warm, subtle sweetness and spicy sass. Surprisingly this works. A pretty nice American interpretation of a Belgian style it’s difficult to make drinkable. Nice. Pretty pour.
marcus (10470) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle shared by haggerty. Pours medium brown with a modest beige head and a candy and dark malt aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses and dark fruit flavor woth lots of candi sugar. Arayaga2 (2207) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2015
Ruby red/brown, with big bubbles, and a very small amount of head. Aroma is candi sugar apple pie. Taste is similar, but more tootsie roll, with some moleasses cookie notes into the finish. Sweet, but not cloying. $5.5/12.7oz jtclockwork (16856) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft EBF - NEED LABEL - Pours reddish amber - Nose/taste of candy sugar, fruit cake, spice, grape - medium body. Ferris (16091) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
Draft - Raisin, some plum and dark sugars. Hazy maroon with a decent beige head. Some cherry and plum notes with some dark sugars. Not bad. czar (9250) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
sample @ EBF 2015. hazy/cloudy dark red with a small light beige cap, minimal retention/lacing. sweet red maltiness, very yeasty - touch of leathery - suspecting brett presence; golden candi and brown sugar, strong toffee, some stone fruits and raisins, gummi bear ’’fruitiness’’, lightly tart raspberries, light carbonation, medium body - oily and kind of creamy; warming, sweet (if not cloying) and spicy finish. o-k.