webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Strong, strong, strong. Sweet and fruity. Almost a cross between Belgian and a Barleywine. I cracked one of the three bottles I had for this years Thanksgiving with family. Poured a orange/gold color with a medium frothy white head. Generally pretty pleasant, and tastes beautifully malty and sweet. I’m lucky I have two more bottles (after having gifted one to a close friend). Now only if ALL DuClaw beers would be as good. (Bottle Pour 11/25/2007) SpringsLicker (3644) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Thanks to Kmweaver for trading this to me so that I could share this bottle with everyone at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting!
A fleeting tan head covers this clear, dark brown brew.
Complex aroma that plays with some malt, licorice, Dr. Pepper, prune juice and smoke; all of which come again in the flavor.
Smooth, sweet, full palate.
A very good beer, but be prepared for a sweet one.
decaturstevo (6257) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Springslicker shared bottle 224/500 with us at the spring(ish) tasting. A brown pour with a light tan lacing. A huge raisiny aroma and other dried fruit. Just a hint of alcohol on the edge. A flavor of dates and a sweet maltiness that comes through almost like sherry. A full palate with excellent smooth carbonation and mouth feel. A beer that would best be described as an excellent dessert beer. thanks Jay shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle 224/500: A special "thank you" to SpringsLicker for sharing this beer at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007...
Repent seems a bit intimidating as it sits there in its large, nearly black flip-top bottle sealed with black wax and hidding behind an almost demononic label... It pours out a beautifully clear, fairly dark amber color with a fleeting ivory head. A very sweet blend of malts and aged fruits quickly capture the nose and dare you to venture closer. When you do, you’ll also notice some slight smoke and alcohol in the aroma as well. The flavor is also sweet, but so very good and complex Threads of rich caramel malt, aged fruit (raisins, prunes, berries), cola, and other port-like qualities all weave together to create an intense flavor experience. The alcohol seems to masquerade itself well sometimes surfacing and tasting like port and other times reminding me more of sweet whisky. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy like thin syrup with a medium to full texture. This is a wonderful beer. I don’t think I’d have any problem sitting around all night enjoying this beer until I managed to finish the entire bottle! However, it’s so good that I nearly fell out of my chair and onto my knees to repent since I felt so bad for drinking it. Thanks again Jay. This was a rare treat! BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Thanks to Springslicker for sharing this bottle with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting! (Bottle 224/500) Poured a brownish red with a creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with fruits (prunes & raisins) and vanilla back by a hint of alcohol and a whiff of smoke. The flavor has very enjoyable fruits (apple) present with caramel malts mixed in. Medium body, creamy & smooth, and sweet throughout. Definitely an after dinner sipper. Truly a treat. Thanks Jay!
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle 224/500, at the Knoxville Spring(ish) tasting. Very intimidating bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany with a wispy beige head. The aroma is oak, sour berries, raisin, and faint dark molasses. The flavor is prune juice with some citrus tones, then some raisins and earth. A cake-like maltiness develops before too long. A pleasant prickliness lingers after the warming finish. The alcohol is unbelievably well masked; the warmth is there, but the taste is completely indetectable. This is a little sweet to drink very much of it, but all around an impressive brew. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle 224/500 brought to Knoxville by Springslicker. Thanks Jay. First off, this whole beer seems to be intimidating when you first look at the bottle. The bottle is rather large, more than a liter, and the top is covered with wax. It pours out a dark brownish red color with a little bit of a head which goes away quick. The smell is full of plums, raisins, vanilla, some bourbon flavors too. The taste is overly sweet, lightly carbonated, however the alcohol is not detected in the least, only giving a little burn as it finishes. This stuff is good, in a small dose, but towards the end of my glass it became too sweet. Belgian strong? I doubt it. Port? Probably. Get 30 friends and split a bottle of this, more than an ounce becomes overwhelming. Thanks for letting me try this rare beer Jay. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Bottle 224/500 brought by Springslicker to the Nashville tasting (via Kmweaver). Nice looking bottle. I love the graphics branding style of their beers and brewpubs, and this bottle ties into it. Pours deep amber red with a quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma of maple syrup, dark fruit, and perhaps a wiff of vanilla. Soft and fine carbonation, and medium thick mouthfeel. Initial flavor has a lot of complexity, with notes of maple, brown sugar, raisen, and vanilla. I pick up a faint amount of peatiness or tobacco mid palate. This is a sweet beer, but not overdone. Nice mildly bitter finish with a faint but pleasant booziness. You don’t really taste the well hidden alcohol, you just feel it down the wind pipe. Somewhat port like, and parts of this remind me of Sam Adams Utopias. But man, what the hell were they thinking putting this in a 1L bottle? Repent is a sipper. This could be a weapon. These need to be in 6 oz bottles. Good beer. Jim and the boys are brewing some good beers at Duclaw. Hopefully they will someday have a bottling line that will allow them to make an appearance on retail shelves. Now I just need to try Devils Milk, the beer that I keep missing Suttree (6427) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Brown, decent foamy head that quickly dissisiisispates (I hate trying to spell that word). Really nice aroma of baked apples and bourbon. Very sweet, but the 14% is hidden surprisingly well. I swear I got a vague Dr. Pepper flavor it first, but I was informed but the other folks at the tasting that I was crazy. (I’m not). Smooth flavor of brown sugar and toffee, perhaps a hint of licorace, too. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Bottle 224. NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle sampled with the fine gentlemen at the Knoxville Spring(ish) tasting. Wow, this is a super cloudy burgundy brew with no real head. The nose is massively sweet, but in a pleasant, natural, complex way. This is very dense and viscous, alcohol is not tasted at all. Sure, I’d guess it’s pretty high abv just based on the density and sweet character, but I wouldn’t estimate 14%! This is malty, fruity, bready with hints of port, raisins, brown sugar, earth, a defined flavor of honey among a plethora of goodness. This is one of the most over-the-top interpretations of a Belgian ale I’ve ever had, though some of the nuances are lost in the sheer strength. This makes a superior slow sippin’ brew. I don’t think I would enjoy more than a port-glass full.