Bill Becker (1366) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017 superspak (5880) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 77, bottled 8/13/2009. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Minimal spotty lacing, and some nice alcohol legs as well. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. Insanely complex and balanced aromas with big strength; Wow. Taste of big raisin, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, prune, leather, tobacco, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light char, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, light char, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance with huge complexity of malty notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class old ale! Huge complexity and balance of malty flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on. This blew me away, wow.
From Oct 2005
Poured into the glass(after I lost some on initial opening) with a huge off-white head, this is some very dark stuff, bordering on black.
The smell has some fruit notes to it but the dominating aroma I get reminds me of antiseptic.
The taste is a real hodgepodge of not so good flavours that is dominated by the antiseptic that I mentioned in the smell followed closely by a bitter-sour attack that leaves my taste buds in total disarray.
This one is not for me. bdleedahl (594) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 6, 2017
Nice beer, slightly bitter to me for the style. Tastes as it looks, hazy, but good overall, not as great as the ratings on here. Hair of the dog portland
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MrTipple (5956) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2017
Sweet caramel, sweet, dark fruits, light roasted, dark malts. Hazy, dark brown, tiny, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet, light bitter. Bitter, dry, dark chocolate, cacao, caramel, dark molasses, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice, rich but not too sweet. Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza 17, Canada Water. mike_77 (7018) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2017
Very dark brown with lasting head. Aroma has some brown sugar sweetness. Flavour is very malty and has lots of depth. Nice dry finish. Zlotta (3731) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2017
Sampled from tap at Borefts 2017. Clear, dark red with a beige head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, molasses and raisins. Rather sweet, malty, slightly smoky and a bit fruity taste of caramel, molasses, raisins and smoked ham, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, slightly roasty and rather smoky and a bit boozy finish. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very tasty!
PotjeBier (3628) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2017
Draft @ Borefts 2017. Had this several times before bottled (first time in 2001 I believe). Dark brown color, mostly clear. Off white head, not much. Aroma's: sweet, toffee, fruit. Retronasal it's sweet, buttery, toffee. Flavor is above moderate sweet, fruity, caramel, moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Long finish, moderate bitter. PietS (370) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2017
Sweet roasted malts, something alcoholic, a chocolate bitter finish; something hearty is prominently present, but I can't quite pinpoint what it is. jerohen (2344) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2017
On draft @BBF17, Bodegraven. Hazy dark brown colored, small beige head. Lots of malts, herbal notes, plums, aged notes, sweet and somewhat bitter. Great beer. sjogro (4651) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2017
Borefts 2017 day 2. Black with thin greyish ring head. Big sweet syruppy roasted caramel and chocolate and barley malts. Big sweet and bitter. Full body and soft carbonation. Maakun (6298) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2017
Tap at Borefts 2017. Hazy dark brown with small beige head. Chocolate, lots of sweet malts, there's a lot of herbal things going on here more in a dusty and dried way than fresh and aromatic. Plums and flowers. Over medium sweet and quite bitter. Over medium bodied.