craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2012superspak (5494) - Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Poured a cloudy amber color with a very thin white head. Aroma is banana, raisin, caramel, earthy, and pear. Taste is cherries, raisins, pineapple, caramel, pear, and a nice alcohol burn to finish it off.
12 ounce bottle into chalice, best before 9/13/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.7%. Overall this is a delicious Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Nicely rich and very complex. Awesome balance between yeast/malt flavors. Never overly sweet/heavy feeling. Wanted more peppery yeast presence and higher carbonation; but this was really well done for the style, and very enjoyable. brigg (672) - Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2017
(Bottle) Dark brown body with ruby highlights. Medium to large beige head. Malty aroma; candied fruit; some chocolate and molasses; earthy notes/wet leaves. Flavor is sugary and fruity; pear, apple, orange, berries; prunes; hint of chocolate, some molasses; some earthy notes. Light to medium body; sticky mouthfeel. beastiefan2k (3900) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2017
12oz bottle dated bb 071317. Clear dark brown with a lightly ruby hue. Cream head. Aroma is earthy buckwheat and some Belgian gritty malt. A little too clean and some candy. A bit of a spritzy mineral feel. Flavor is moderately sweet candy with Belgian dough and again clean. An alcohol essence at end if flavor. Nice enough, like a big dubbel, a little too clean but not too sweet or fruity. sonnycheeba (5959) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear brown. Aroma cookie and bready malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast esters, and faint chocolate. Flavor is chewy, malty and sweet with nice caramel notes, dark fruit, and faint bitterness. Medium/full body. hayduke (5187) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Got this in Wahington, DC. Poured dark mahogany brown with a big beige head. Lots of lacing. The nose is dark caramel malts. dark fruit, and ripe berries/ Full body. Flavor is fruit and tart cherry The cherry tartness carries over into the finish. Really tasty and enjoyable. Glad I found this one.
solidfunk (8838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Pretty nice for style. Apricot and raisin. Pours cloudy dark with OK head and lacing. Slightly sweet finish with light citrus sourness. Tap at smoke and barrel. Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
On draft at Smoke and Barrel DC. Pours a hazy dark copper with an off white head. Caramel nose. Flavors of caramel and dark pitted fruit. Boozy finish. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Deep amber brown that glows in the light. Malty sweetness comes through in the aroma. Yeasty but sweet melds as it fades. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bomber. Very good- smooth especially for the high alcohol. Moderate aromas and taste, with complex flavors. Lonick (1864) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle @home pours dark brown, fruity and malty on the nose. Big fruity flavours, plum and berries with some Apple and cherry. Nice.