Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2017 TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep chestnut. Off-tan foam exhibits good retention. Complex but uninteresting nose of candied apple, cola, banana bread and honeyed biscuits. Obtrusive paintlike and vanilla taffy yeastiness. Fizzy, sparse and flimsy carbonation. Dull and slippery initially with a clingy burnt honey astringency. Aside from the easily executed usual suspects like raisin and plum which are in abundance here, the core is curiously hollow and strikingly devoid of depth and detail, and virtually no malt texture to fill in the gaps. Hops are pleasingly delicate, juicy, and brightly floral, though things remain generally dull and inelegant. A flabbiness and gummy candy slickness continue, only to be compounded by the twang of unripe fruit. No vibrancy, whatsoever. Closes with an ongoing hollowness with a prevalent burnt honey astringency. This is an odd one. Aside from the burnt honey, there aren’t necessarily any flaws to it. As much as I appreciate straightforward beers sans bells and whistles, this suffers from being too straightforward. It’s just a very characterless, run-of-the mill rendition.
12oz bottle pours with a clear amber colored body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up plums and figs and dates with some molasses and malts in the background. The taste delivers similar notes with spicy sweet earthy dates, plums, raisins and figs with brown sugar and candi sugar filling in the gaps. Pretty nice but it lacks the depth, richness and softness I enjoy in the style. jsnicholas (635) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle (12oz About 10 months old). Brown with off white head. Bobble as expected. I do not remember the aroma, so must not have been strong. Taste mostly camel and sugar. Pretty good. GTAEgeek (2263) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2016
12 oz. bottle, about 2 months since bottling. Pours a beautiful, dark, ruby color, with a medium, off-white, bubbly head. The nose is raisins, caramelized sugar, anise, plums, bittersweet chocolate, and some light hickory smoke and pine sap. Sweet and sugary flavor, with a light bitterness that leads to a dry finish. Medium to heavy body, somehow effervescent but not fizzy, velvety, and a little acidic and harsh. This is a lovely, aromatic, complex, and aggressive beer. Very sharp and rough in its youth; I could see some age smoothing off the edges. BillKismet (4076) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2016
Woody amber mahogany body, with an ok head. Not much aroma, but the body is sugary and characterized by watered down esters accompanied by candi malt. lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Honey aroma with some caramel background. Not as strong as I was expecting. Pours brown with a puffy white head that fades moderately slow. Taste is malty. Good Belgian yeast flavor, little honey flavor. The malt is caramel a bit but mostly just a candy sugarness. Light bit of bitter, tiny bit cloying. Good thick Body. Was hoping for more malt complexity.
zoucrew102 (1925) - - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle. Dark fruit aroma with notes of Candi sugar, Belgian yeast and honey. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin tan head with no retention and minimal lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit flavors with Candi sugar. Finishes smooth with some spicy Belgian yeast and just a touch of honey. Excellent quad! nealblind (1877) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2015
red brown pour moderate tan head. Aroma of tannins honey, grains. Tastes big barley slick honey. Honey is central to slick mouthfeel, flavors. bready Arayaga2 (2201) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Still, even toned brown black, with a skim of dense tan head. Aroma is light candi sugar, and taste is same, with grape and cola soda notes, but it's not overly sweet at all. $3.79/12 oz
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hayduke (5550) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass dark brown with a tan head. Nose of dark ripe fruit and molasses. Medium to full body. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is rich caramel malts and raisins and other dark fruit. Finishes sweet. Pretty darn good. wombat23 (1511) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 Shared 750 ml. bottle. Reddish brown color, small beige head with very short retention and almost no lacing. Aroma has a bit of malt, bread, caramel, and honey. Tastes a bit sweet; the honey is quite noticeable. Some malt and alcohol as well, but not enough to balance the sweetness of the honey.