ineedbeer (2147) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013Werckmeister (3111) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 2, 2017
Aroma is full of rich malts with a pleasing cherry note throughout. Goose Island should take note - this cherry isn't at all medicinal. Lots of chocolate and light oak notes compliment. A light toast character with some pleasing oxidation notes. More oak as it warms.
Pours a dark brown that isn't quite black with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing with medium sized legs.
Flavor is very sweet with lots of chocolate and cherry. It tastes like melted chocolate covered tart cherries. Mid palate there is a nice roast character and some light oak notes. Light bitterness. The same oxidation that helps the aroma adds a slightly off putting finish. Light to moderate astringency. Some alcohol in the finish as it warns.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with low but present carbonation. Astringency is moderate as is alcohol warmth.
Overall this aroma is great but the finishing note in the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. I think I prefer these beers with a bit of age. The oak mellows as does the finishing note.
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12oz bottle at home. Vintage 2015. black color, almost no head. smells of coconuts, wood, ripe fruits, liqueur, light caramel, nutty, marzipan, light berry notes. very nice smell. full body, almost no carbonation, oily mouthfeel. tastes of ripe fruits, berry notes, some booze, liqueurish, nice wood notes, coconut, marzipan, nutty, licorice, caramel. finishes light to medium sweet with notes of coconut, berry notes and some liqueur notes. very nice one, a bit too boozy for me overall, but very smooth. lovely wood notes, beer got quite a bit better with some breathing. overall very nice beer. xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2017
The aroma on this sucker exudes oak and candied figs, followed by a bit of cocoa, red fruit, and alcohol.
Pours a muddy brown coffee color with a slight tan ring of a head.
Taste is initially quite hoppy, lots of fruit, oak tannins, candied figs, and finishes with a bit of alcoholic burn.
A bit cloying and alcoholic on the palate, but the slight sourness of the red fruit acts as a bit of a foil.
Yummy! Tide (3811) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2017
Bottle at Hair of the Dog (2017 vintage). Dark brown / copper color, beige head. Bitter taste with cherry, tart, bourbon, oak, a bit of hops, alcohol and earthy notes. Bitter finish with cherry, tart, bourbon, oak, a bit of hops, red currant and malts. Very nice brew. Maarten1993 (1225) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2017
Drank 28-3 @Majid the night before going to Struise (2015 version). Sweet, very rich beer. Really good one. Iznogud (3710) - CROATIA - APR 7, 2017
On tap at ACBF2017. Malty, dried fruit, cherries, sherry, some wood. Sweet with nice sourish counter balance. Smooth. Balanced. Complex. Warming. Full bodied. Another great one from HotD.
ZodiacM (1140) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2017
LCI. Van de tap @ACBF2017. Mooie old ale, wat zurig door de kersen en houttonen van de BA. Had er eerlijk gezegd wat meer van verwacht, maar nog steeds heel lekker. vincentvega72 (722) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2017
@ ACBF 2017. Mooi donker bier met crèmekleurig schuimkraagje die wegebt tot fijn laagje. Mooi vol aroma en smaken van donker (overrijp) fruit, kersen, rozijnen, rum, sherry.. Likeurachtig, silky in de mond met mooie warmende afdronk met een houtige toets. Zeer goed in balans. Prachtig genietersbier. Pilsnertest (293) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at home. Very port wine-like. Dried fruits, warm alcohol, sweet and sour cherries, wood and dark berries.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Alengrin (5243) - BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2017
At ACBF, poured by mr. Sprints himself. I have been reading about this for a while so curious to taste it. Pale beige, bubbly, loose, quickly disappearing head, warm dark bronze colour with mahogany brown hue, hazy. Strong aroma of sour cherries, wet oak wood, sweet sherry, dried plum, wet leather, vanilla, horse steak. Sweet candied fig in the mouth paired with sour blackberry and indeed sour cherry tartness contrasting with the sweetness, dried meat-like umami accent, bit leathery, slick and rather viscous, full mouthfeel, thick toffeeish malt body with the meaty umami, sour fruits and residual sweetness all playing on top of it, quite a lot of brown rum-like alcohol in the end, long and dry but nothing too astringent, lingering fruit tartness and dryness of woody tannins. Impressive top-fermented fruit beer of great complexity. 90 (419) - BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2017
Zeer alcoholisch. Oude kersen, zeer sappig, chocolade en licht hout. Olie mondgevoel met complexe afdronk.