Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Draft. Pours a clear dark copper color with an average frothy tan head that lasted and produced very good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex spice & maple and yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy earthy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Interesting good brew. drsordr (2928) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2017
Draft to taster at Cappy’s pour dark copper with minimal ecru head. Nose sweet malt, greenapple, some fruit, and light gum. Taste similar to nose, nice sweet, fruit, and light spice. Thick mouth feel. Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Non Beer Trip Beer Trip Beer #21. Keg at the brewery. Hazy copper, thin fizzy off-white head, decent retention. Aroma of toffee, maple, bready malt, nuts. The taste is cherries, maple, earth, raisin. Medium bodied. phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Draft at Jackie-O’s on the Public House side. Pours a hazy amber with a small khaki head. Notes of dark fruits, candi sugar, caramel, maple, sweet bread, mild spice, and earth. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, fruity, rich mouthfeel. Even if blindfolded, I think I would’ve guessed this was an American take on a Belgian dubbel. And it’s a good one. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On tap at the brewpub
BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Moving towards the imperial stouts I used this as a transition on my sampler flight at Jackie O’s. An interesting attempt at the style works in many ways. There are a few things that could be tweaked but overall this is a diamond in the rough.
Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black liquid swirls easily around the small sample sized glass. Sheer sticky legs betray the ABV immediately. The nose though is very nuanced with a mix of black malt, cherries, red vines, chocolate, and yeast. Put together it is an American take on the Belgian style.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and molasses are immediately evident. Next comes yeast and dry malts. The finish does give away the maple syrup although it is not quite like a harvest ale or other beers that have used it. In fact as time goes it begins to open up. This might have been a middle of the road draft for the bottle sale but at other times this might be towards the cream of the crop.
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, cookie, and caramel malt, dates and figs with light earthy hops, and cooked bananas. Flavor is sweet cookie and caramel malt, light hops and bitterness, candied dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Draft at the source. Very dark briwn color, tan head. Aroma of light cocia. Taste is chicolate and brown bread. alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Draft in 2011. Pours a hazy brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is Belgian inspired, caramel, maple, moderately sweet with a touch of yeast. The flavor has more caramel, maple sweetness, Belgian yeast but finishes soft. Decent. Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
On tap at the pub side. Pours a hazy deep amber with thin tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast character and some roasty malt and slight bit of hop. Flavor is definitely Belgian and has a nice round malt character with roastiness and some dark fruit there is some spiciness on the back end. Overall this is a pretty standard Belgian dubbel nice yeast character and a well balanced malt and a smooth yet bubbly mouthfeel. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap at Jackie-Os, served in a goblet. Opaque dark red / brown color. Some off-white head leaving some lace. Good, light crisp carbonation, a nice dry texture. Nice, sweet maple twist to the typical belgian. Good sharp sweetness, light bitter. Taylor got a strong clove aroma from this that turned her off from it (didn’t bother me, though).