dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2012
Cask at Gillys in Rockville...pours purple with no head, mild carbonation. Smell is of dark sweet fruit. Body is medium, plums, berries, yeasty, no hops, and a relatively quick finish that doesn’t sit on the tongue too long. Very enjoyable and huge flavor relative to the body. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Taster at Flying Dog on 7/5/12. Deep red pour with off white head. Dark fruit nose. Med to full body with dark fruits and rich caramel malts. Sweet finish. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2012
Location/Date:Cask at Gilly’s on April 19th, 2012.boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon.
Aroma: Aroma is dark malt and yeast.
Taste: Faint bitterness, bready malt, yeast, some dark fruit.
Summary: Thanks for FD and Gilly’s for having this available to try last Thursday. A nice example of the style, hope it becomes part of their regular offerings.
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 Draft at lucky lab. Pours a brown color with light coming through. There its a sticky head of a tan color. Aroma its full of dark fruit. Taste is very sweet and reminds me of red raisins and figs. The mouthfeel is perfect. Really solid offering mcdoug (31) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2012
Tried the cask version at Brewer’s Cask in Federal Hill (Baltimore) during my first visit to the place. I was excited to try a Flying Dog cask, as I’d not yet had one. Very attractive dark bronze to almost brown color, and an interesting aroma that I had a tough time placing until nearly half way through my pint. Rather sweet-astringent initial taste, with the palate I describe as sort of sulfurous-- kind of fizzy but not carbonation. Finishing/lingering taste is very pleasant, and actually better than initial meeting of ale and tongue! The smell and taste I later figured out was licorice... not the maple syrup sweetness as the brewer describes, but definitely reminiscent of black licorice candy. This is a beer I’d classify as a novelty pint, and not something I’d quaff with regularity. Still, pleasant enough and worth drinking again.
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2012
This poured a dark red color with a beige head. Aroam was lots of dark fruits, some nuttyness, yeast character. Flavor was yeasty, some spices, dark fruits and nuts. Didn’t really get much maple, but a solid american dubbel. nuplastikk (6216) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Tap at Dexters. Burgundy brown, glowing. Creamy off-white head. Clove raisiin prune aroma. Kind of an odd Dubbel for sure. Easy drinking, but falls a little short. Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2012
750ml bottle from Junto Society. Into the "new" Flying Dog glass.
Appearance - Solid brown with some amber highlights. Thin perhaps less than one finger off white head. No lacing and hardly retention.
Aroma - Malty. chocolatey, Belgian spice, dark fruits, brown sugar. yeast.
Taste - Follows the aroma profile pretty well. Big malty flavor. Dark fruits and chocolate. Sweet brown sugar flavor that I suppose is coming form the maple syrup.
Medium bodied. Fizzy. Lingering spicy finish. Enjoyable but a little off on the style. I’ll sit on the 2nd bottle for awhile and see if anything else develops. Travlr (24292) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Draft. Clear variegated amber brown color, thin beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of almonds, burnt peanuts. Taste is toasted almonds, spice, cocoa. Very nice. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Racked on: April ’12, No. 003. 750 ml into a Chimay goblet. I purchased this in Frederick, MD over the summer. Roughly 8 months old at this point.
A - Pours a clear but dark brown/red body. Fizzy one finger light tan head forms and disappears for some thick edging. Solid amount of lacing.
S - Plums and raisins, brown sugar, alcohol heavy yeast, caramelized banana, molasses and copper pennies. Not very well integrated.
T - Caramelized dark fruits lead into some bready malts. Brown sugar and spices with a mineral finish. Rich and earthy.
M - Perfect level of silky carbonation, medium bodied. Clean finish with some lingering yeast esters and alcohol burn.
O - Not a bad dubbel at all. A bit weak compared to the Belgians, but it does manage to capture some nice flavors and aromas. Awfully hot for a 7.6% beer.