DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Poured into a pint glass as I didn’t know the style beforehand. Shared 1L bottle with a buddy.
4.0 A: Relatively clear medium/dark brown color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid head with average retention and not much lacing.
4.5 S: Interesting to say the least. Peppery spiciness, semi-sweet chocolate and toffee, and graininess like a good Oktoberfest. Also a light hay funkiness. Very pleasant.
5.0 T: Interesting taste as well. Sweet toffee and caramel. Slight funkiness with peppery yeastiness. Some milk chocolate and the slightest touch of sourness. A touch of alcohol as well.
4.5 M: Thicker medium body. Good carbonation. Lots of creaminess. Very good here.
4.5 D: This is a winner. Super complex with lots of great flavors. Goes down very easy. I also think it may be a new style: "imperial dark saison".
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-03-2010 19:22:49 pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Good beer... You may see this in a different label. This 2014 batch was better than the 2013, that’s for sure. Great flavor, great body... Good beer. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle. Aroma is all over the place, with spicy pepper, mollasses, bright vegetal character. Incredible yeast complexity. Wacky, wheaty, milky palate, all over the place bit in a good way. Very different. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
First batch. Very nice aroma, plum, raisin, alcohol and mild fruity character. Dark coppery brown, hazy to murky, with thin off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium to heavy body with heavy carbonation, and alcohol warming. Starts and stays pretty sweet, with plum, raisin, alcohol, and macerated raisins. Smooth sweet finish with light bitterness and lasting sweet raisin-plum after. Short of cloying. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Pours dark brown with garnet edges topped by a thin khaki head. Smells similar to some of the finest trappist quadrupels. Spicy, cherry, dark fruit, and woody esters. Taste is similar but a bit spicier than the nose. Full mouthfeel with stinging carbonation and a bit of an alcohol burn. Quite a tasty beverage!
tgncc (3135) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
The aroma is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, fruit. The appearance is a brown/amber color, off-white head. The flavor is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, cream. The finish is pine hop bittering. Very, very good. douglas88 (9408) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
750 ml bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a dark ruddy brown color with a medium white head. A rich fruity nose, some caramel. This beer is a lot like Rochefort; spices, dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, very yeasty. The malt profile is just huge, and it has toasted malts, almost brown malt flavors. Deep dark fruit and candy. Quite good. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2010
There is a ton of sweet malty barleywine smell with some caramel notes. The dark almost black wheat color has a bubbly tan head. The flavors are sweet malt almost wheat wine in flavor with very little funk from the farmhouse yeast. The body is thick like a Belgian Strong as it is also considered. Very good overall. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2011
Much thanks to an awesome BA who sent me one being that it is my favorite style. I wasn’t disappointed the1 liter swing top was split between friends into snifters we were greeted with a slight white head that faded fast leaving a small ring of bubbles around the glass. The body was a classic dark brown to black. The aroma of a farm house yeast was the first thing I noticed then I got some sweet dark fruit and caramel came thru. Flavor wise I thought this brew was quite interesting a sweet dark farmhouse I thought it was very reminiscent of a red wine flavor wise. The mouthfeel was a tad light for me I wished for more body. To me it was light and fizzy. Don’t get me wrong it worked but not true to my expatiations of the style.
Overall I like the brew but not a strong dark in any way. It really was more like a hybrid to me.
Serving type: bottle
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Tasted on 5/4/11 from a 1L flip-top bottle sent to me in a trade. Pours cloudy opaque extremely dark amber with an average beige head that recedes to a thin, even layer of lace. The nose is raisin and fig dried fruits with sweet brown sugar, molasses, and a hint of maple syrup. The flavor is sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, and molasses up front, moving to the more dried fruit raisin and fig, and a hint of burnt bitterness. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long maple, raisin, and fig finish, with a bit of alcohol heat.