Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2011
11.2 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very, very dark brown color with a medium sized brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelly malts, nutty notes, anise and other spices, banana and faint roastiness. The taste is surprisingly tart, with tart stone fruit and cherry notes. A bit of roastiness and chocolate. Faint spices in the finish. Medium bodied. Interesting. mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2010
New Beer Distributors 11.2oz ($3.50): Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating light brown head, some yeast flows around. Aroma is fairly standard with the dark fruit and spices... ye know... Spicy and sweet in the taste. Rather malty. Not heavy bodied at all. Some yeast in there. A wee bit of roasted malts. Alcohol very well covered up. Pretty good methinks. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
The aroma is complex with notes of rich roasty malts, caramel,sweett rsin malts, soy, and the pepper and licorice as described. The ale pours rich dark black with a nice biege head. The body is thick with flavors of soy sauce, sweet barleywine malty flavors that linger with the finish. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Swuat bottles from Smith’s and Capone’s. Pours turbid mucky dark brown with 3-finger off-white frothy head. Nose is charred dark corn flakey malt, black pepper, anise, corn flakes, funky winterbush taint. Tastes sweet, of licorice, maple syrupy dark malts, red wine vinous figgy notes, some anise, spice. Not too shabby. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle pours very dark with thin tan head. Aroma raisin, dark fruits, yeast. Taste rich, slightly sweet with dark fruits, spices, earth, malts, yeast. Not your typical Belgian yeasts. Palate thick and smooth. Finish a bit dull. Alcohol well disguised. Seems like kind of a hybrid of a quad and a stout.
Flavors do come out more as it warms. Interesting beer but would not seek out again.
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
11.2oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of spices, yeasty, a little roasty, and bready. Tastes of spices, chocolate, spices, bready, and a little earhty. Had a light sour finish. bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with a beige head. Smells of smooth dark malt. Lightly sweet, mildly sour, spicy; definitely smooth burnt malt. A very good milk stout that happens to be a bit sour? Dang good beer. marcus (10231) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Bottle from City Beer. Pours black with a decent beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a sour brown ale flavor with a sweet dry finish. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 11.2oz grenade bottle. Pitch black, maybe a hint of brown. Big, fizzy beige head. Smooth milky dark black licorice and fruity chocolate malt tones. Sour and tart notes create an exquisite balance, perfectly masking or incorporating the big alcohol. Perfectly mellow, an awesome sour creaminess. The spices are perfectly incorporated as well. A masterpiece of a beer, somewhere between a Belgian Porter (is Poorter the only one?)a really classy Belgian Xmas Ale, and a Caribbean Milk Stout. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Almost black beer with a nice light tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma with light yeast. Chocolate and toffee malt flavor with yeast. Medium bodied. Chocolate and toffee lingers with light yeast and light vanilla.