MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thin head and aromas that are weakly chocolate, banana (heavy at first and fades after fizz dies down a bit), dark fruit, etc. Flavor is the above, but with an odd cola edge to it that buries all the other flavors. Definitely an odd and unpredicted turn of events. Finish is almost wood-like... maybe with a hint of autumn leaves or something. This lacks the complexity I was hoping to find. Mark_Eck (1957) - - JUN 19, 2016
Notes from summer. Pours dark brown. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, caramel, and spices. mfhennig (285) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2016
From John and Lorene, thanks. From a bottle, pours a very dark brown, almost no head except for a small ring. Aroma is figs, cherry, prune and caramel. Flavors match the aroma. Based on aroma I expected something much sweeter. Alcohol is well hidden, but this comes across as a slippery. Very nice beer. superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, light licorice/banana, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, light licorice/banana, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, toasted biscuit, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2015
pours opaque black with no head. Aroma is prunes and spice. Flavor is prunes and has that grape note that I am not fond of. Slight spice. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied and the texture is very oily.light bitterness in the finish. This really needs some carbonation. Overall for me it is flat and boring.
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
12oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice dark plum note, nicely hoppy too, yeast, bubblegum, and banana. Appearance is a almost opaque black with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly to a film. Taste has got a really nice smooth Belgian overtone, with discernible malt characteristics intermingled with a nice hop character, and some of the fruitiness. Palate has got a plum note then bubblegum with a lightly astringent note. Overall, pretty darn good stuff. Cheers! arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish purple pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, hints of berry into a bit of earth, spice, some nice candied sugars. Taste is a mix of candied sugar, dark fruit, toffee into a bit of clove, spice, touch of slight banana, finishing fairly sweet, slight earth. Ferris (15403) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Draft - Dark malts, plum and berries. Deep jet brown with almost no head. Dark fruit, light berry and a light long finish. Not quite the body but still decent. hotstuff (5160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
Rated on 12-28-2011 (Draft at Graydon’s Crossing-Grand Rapids, MI) This draft beer has a small tan head with a long retention, mostly opaque reddish brown body, no carbonation noted, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, dark fruits and spice. The flavor is sweet, caramel malt, dark fruits, and spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer even at 10.5%ABV. It has a very good flavor, worth trying and a beer I would drink again. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Had on-tap at Dragonmead.
Appearance: Black. No head on my beer at all. Kind of like black water or something. But let’s be honest, appearance matters not. I mean... it’s nice, but... you know.
Smell: Prune/fig/grapes... dark fruit, dark fruit, dark fruit. Sweet and tart. Pleasing on the nose and very inviting. At 11%, that’s not there at all. Also, this beer doesn’t have that almost overly sweet aroma that some others from the style have.
Taste/feel: Exactly as the smell is, but that tartness is more obvious, as you’d expect. Sweet, but not too much so. Again, dark fruits all around. Maybe a slight sort of spiciness, but I don’t know where that’s coming from. I was told this beer had a clear alcohol presence, but I didn’t notice it. The warmth, sure, but nothing in the taste. Definitely a bigger sort of beer. Sweet, tasty, and a sipper.
My favorite I’ve had from Dragonmead, I’d say, and it seems that I’m not alone. A must-try if you visit the brewery.