DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle. Pour was very dark brown, no carbonation. Aroma was wonderful, rich stone fruits, caramel and a little booze. Flavor was just as great as the smell, apple, bourbon, a little bit of sweet malt and a tiny bit of smoke. A very well rounded and solid beer. I really hope I can get another bottle of this again someday. BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle Have had this 2 times in the last 2 weeks. This beer is very nice and will get even better with age. Pours out a very dark brown topped with a tiny ring head. Aroma of sweet malts, smoke and some pit fruit. Tast was smoke, pit fruit, rich malts. A lot of stuff going on hear. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Bottle thanks to americanbrew. The look is dark brown in color with not too much head. The smell is malts, alcohol, fruits, smoke, roasty, my mother in law’s apple bacon breakfast cassarole. Awesome smell. The taste is sweet, very good, alcohol, malts, fruits, apple, and smoke. Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle from mj and buckeyeboy, thanks guys! Poured almost black with no head. Apple, tart and slightly burnt aroma. Flavor is sweet, a bit yeasty, soy, more green apple with some smoke background. Lucious palate, really coats everything. Very unique beer that I think will be sublime with some age on it. petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours a very dark brown, cloudy, with faint orange hues. Aroma of nice fruit, dark malt, cherries. Flavor is very sweet, smoke, wood, beef jerky, some fruit
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white ring of tiny bubbles. Aroma of vinous, wood, plum, beef jerky, some smoke, and apple. Flavor of toffee, roasted malt, caramel, light smoke, wood, apple, candi sugar, and chocolate. railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle,wow this was excellant this poured a dark cloudy brown with no head and flavors of plums and sweet cheery with hints of oak and bourbon but not overwhelming in that area,this was a sipper and very enjoyable.CHEERS! douglas88 (9188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 12 oz bottle big thanks to BrewDad, you are the man! What a treat. Pours a dark brown-near black color with a tiny almost non-existent head even with a vigorous pour. The aroma; well where do I start? Sweet tart apples, alcohol, sweet Belgian candies, rich malts, chocolate. A ton here. The flavor is initially lots of rich chocolates, tons of sugary sweets, apple brandy or some other sweet alcohol, super complex. Interesting and very nice. Complex as hell. Rating number 1200. Re-rate: original 2009 edition. Pours a totally black color with a struggle to form a head, but it cascades for a few seconds to a small beige head. The aroma is rich toffee, tobacco, molasses, dark fruit. The flavor is just an unusual mix of herbal, sugary sweet and smoky flavors, plums, cherries, even some evergreen in this. I certainly see this as a brandy-like brew. The apple from the Eau de Vie barrels is huge and changes the beer totally. Impressive and worthy of high praise. A sipper but drinkable. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 at pre-DLD at Flossmoor. Medium to thick mouthfeel with a sticky body. No head, and little carbonation. The taste was fairly sweet with some caramel and chocolate notes. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 2009: dark and muddy appearance with deep tobacco and cola brown color. close to no head but carbonation is present. nose is heavy banana/trappist yeast esters: overripe and burnt bananas dominate the nose and suggest something like dirty, phenolic weizenbock. chocolate / raisin / nut malt sweetness, but it’s difficult to appreciate past the overbearing aged/moldy banana character. medium-full thickness with far too much sugar, leaving it syurpy and cloying. bourbon? vanilla? not really. smoke? chocolate? a little. creamed bananas? oh yeah. objectively speaking it’s a bit of a mess and comes across as somewhat mediocre.
2009:Draft sample @ Bottleworks was an improvement but not a great one. less banana, more booze, same body.
2010: bottle at Hair of the Dog. no head but light to medium carbonation. none of the browned banana-bomb weizenbock qualities of the 2009. all of the oak, tobacco, leather, fig and smoke that I expected from the first batch. probably in the 4.2-4.4 range. sublime liquid.