bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2017
After shaving my head for cancer research donations and making wigs for children with cancer, I have to say that this cause for the collaboration is dear to my heart. Now, down to the brew itself. The pour is deep ruby, almost cola-esque, with a large eggshell head that retains to a nice cap that leaves ring/window-wash lacing down the glass. The nose is interesting, almost of chocolates, vanilla and bubblegum. Flavors bring in similar entities... of semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, lots of spices (cinnamon, Allspice, ginger, heat from chili peppers), oaken vanilla notes, dry cocoa powder (unsweetened), dark fruit esters, and finishes with a heated spicy cocoa close. The medium-full body accompanies soft carbonation and a smooth, quaffable palate to provide substance and intricate complexities similar to many top-tier molès. It is definitely what it describes itself as, with plenty of chocolate, vanilla and huge spice notes to bring a "heal-loving" aficionado like myself around to this year’s version of the Reunion Ale. Gotta love it! chinchill (5376) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2017
On tap at WoB in Florida.
Clear dark brown body but nearly black and opaque in the glass. Very good tan head.
An ambitious beer with all of the components detectable and none of them, not even the ginger, overdone. Light warming from the chili (and ginger?). A bit too spicy overall, however, in the lingering aftertaste. onceblind (10855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Dark clear cola hue with a thin beige cap. Weird nose of bubblegum, pepper, and a weird unsweet cocoa. Crisp and earthy peppery bitter flavor with that bubblegum tone again, vanilla, earthy cocoa, roast malt, astringent, and a weird earthy sweet finish. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base style: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale)mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2016
AROMA: A potpourri-like essence of ginger, cinnamon, and chile pepper. Belgian yeast esters impart some fruit and peppery notes. General brown malt presence; no distinct hops. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Dark burgundy/brown hue; clear body. Moderate tan foam retains and laces well enough. 3/3
FLAVOR: Belgian base brew is quite familiar with fruity/spicy flavors in the palette. Dark malts and red fruits are evident immediately, but not especially sweet. Second half is a melange of spices, though ginger, cinnamon and chile pepper are most prominent. Chocolate/cocoa nibs create for a background sweetness without becoming cloying. No boozy sensation. Hops are low and earthy. Good combination of flavors. 16/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied; medium-low carbonation. Smooth texture. No alcohol warmth for an 8% ABV brew. Body isn’t quite as hefty as expected, but very drinkable. Yeast esters leave an earthy/spicy aftertaste. 4/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting combination of spices that work well together. Base brew is a tad weak, but otherwise a very good beer. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 40/50
The Well, Brooklyn tap: pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, ginger, coffee and about twenty other things. Roasty and chocolatey. Spicy. Interesting.
drjay44 (3887) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2016 651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium thick, poorly retained light beige head, over a clear brown (SRM 25) body......nose is chocolate from the roasted malts and cocoa nibs, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon from the additives, no hops, balance to the malts and spices.......taste initially is mildly brown sugar sweet with chocolate, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, mild chili spice and minimal chili heat, no hops, balance to every ingredient but the hops, finishing dry with mild spice type bitterness......mouth feel , medium light body, moderate alcohol, mild carbonation. This is a quite non-traditional beer with multiple spices dominating the hops and most characteristics of the malts. The vanilla is quite evident and the beer is lightly reminiscent of a mole. Evaluated 11/17/16. BJCP 8/2/16/4/7 slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Dark saison with ginger but drinks like a spiced Christmas beer. The chili and vanilla are lighter, and there’s more f a malt presence than yeast. Not bad, but a one timer in the 22 oz format. From Tavour. gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown cola color. Small frothy beige head. Nose is full of spices. Cinnamon, cocoa and ginger. First sip is toasted malt and lot’s of spice. More cinnamon, ginger and vanilla upfront. There is a subtle underlying heat from the Chili pepper, though it is subdued at first. Midtaste brings the cocoa and more spice. Warming alcohol and pepper becomes more present. Sticky mouthfeel in finish. Herbal hops as well. Lot’s of flavors going on here. A bit overwhelming. mcberko (19803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
On tap at Rattle n Hum - East, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out lots of pumpkin upfront, with caramel malt. Flavour is very spicy, full of pumpkin and nutmeg especially. Lots of depth, but too much nutmeg for my liking. Decently made for what it is. jwitt223 (23) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2016 Nutty, Golden, complex and a strong ginger/anise finish. This beer truly embodies the richness and darkness of our illuminated past, and fruitful sweetness and fullness of our future. L?shana Tova! (Bomber)