Darwenus (1196) - Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2016
I had this on tap at the brewery’s taphouse. It’s a little muted, as abbey dubbels go, but not bad. Pours a dark cherry brown color, very little head. The aroma has that cherry/caramel malt/sugary thing that I associate more with dopplebocks than with dubbels. Those same Dr. Pepper like qualities are there in the flavor, too. The oak is a mild presence in the finish, but it’s subtle. BeerdedDave (2141) - Beckley, USA - SEP 9, 2015
on tap at the Outpost brewery; deep, dark brown - almost black with ruby red highlights; aroma of dark fruit and oak; nice dark fruit flavor; notes of raisins, dates, and plum, with hints of oak and vanilla; complex and very drinkable aumentm (451) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2015
This had too much malt for me. Not a bad beer if you like malts but it was overwhelming snoworsummer (6604) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Draft. Pours clear medium/dark brown with a thin white head. Tastes like chocolate, butterscotch, and some woody smoke. Low/medium body and carbonation. Smells like cocoa, cinnamon, and deliciousness. sonnycheeba (6897) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap at Max’s. Pours hazy tawny brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready and caramel malts, light oak, plums, raisins, light alcohol sweetness, and some faint spice. Flavor is bready malts, some sweetness, light woody notes, faint booze, and some dark fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (14594) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, toast and cookie malt, dates and figs. Flavor is malt dominant with bourbon, oak, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Kinz (3787) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Draft at Mekong. Dark amber, slight head. Aroma is raisin and slight nut, hint of prune. Flavor matches. Oak isn’t overwhelming - almost absent, really only shows up as a vanilla note in the background of the flavor. Nice, subtle, well done beer. jackl (8633) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Keg @ Sedona. Deep copper with a small head. The nose is strongly woody. Loads of caramel and vanilla. Hot rum raisin cake. Rich malts. Sticky toffee pudding. The taste is hot caramel, acidic red apple skin. Sweet Belgian yeast tang. Not nearly as woody as the nose menaced. Rich, full body, a real supper. Overall, pretty enjoyable. Emeister84 (2723) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Vanilla, raisin, plum, and cocoa aromas. Dark red-brown with a fading, off-white head. Off-dry, with a touch of dried fruit and a touch of chocolate. Medium bodied and very smooth. Drake (14495) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Draft at Whole Foods Charlottesville, Pours a clear dark red brown color with not much of a head. Aroma of bread, stone fruits, spice, herbal hops, faint wood. The taste is stone fruits, spice, anise, dry fruits, mild wood. Medium bodied.