closey22 (1874) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black with thin tan head; light on aroma but makes up for it with Flava! Blended malt sweetness with roasty malt dryness, notes licorice throughout; feels medium chewy smooth; finishes very dry and roasty notes of raisin/prune;
dmac (6103) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Maple Shade during the barrel aged beer event. Poured pitch black body with average sized foamy beige head. Aroma of sour chocolate, Belgian yeast, dark fruit and brown bread dough. Fuller bodied that dries out towards the end, average carbonation, chalky and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor has lots of chocolate with a slight sour twist from the Belgian yeast, dark fruit skins, old milk and dried raisin skins. Good stuff, really enjoyed this one.
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Maple Shade location. Black with a lacing light brown head and ruby highlights. Light rubber in the roast, more black patent formulation than roast, which is to style, I guess. Lightly sweet with sticky, thick fruitiness, topped by the flight of tinny roast. Love the malt complexity here. Medium-full body.
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz nitro sample at Iron Hill Maple Shade, New Jersey. The pour has nice nitro settling, black brown color, and a well formed khaki head. The aroma is roast dark chocolate malts. The taste is the dark chocolate, roast malt and a nice gentle Belgian fruitiness. All flavors play together nicely. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, silky nitro mouth feel, and a big dried fruit and roast lingering finish. Unique and well executed beer. This and the Dubbel were my favorites of the samplers.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of spicy belgian and chocolate malt and nuts.Taste is spicy belgian yeast and chocolate malt that just really is light and refreshing while still maintaining complexity. I was really impressed with this one.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of Belgian yeast: cloves, prunes and sweet chocolate with roasty hints. Tastes like dark chocolate covered prune. Nice roasted notes come out in the taste. Very pleasant.