jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Pours a deep coffee color with a minute head. Pretty aroma of rum and butter toffee. Flavor is of dried fruit, nutmeg, and chocolate. Very nice finish, with alcohol well disguised until you try to get up after the second glass!! Cobra (1100) - - MAY 11, 2008
750 ml. brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. No freshness date seen.
Poured out a dark cola brown, with a sticky, but sparse, tan colored head. Aromas are of rum soaked raisins, prunes, some dank basement. Flavors are of raisins soaked in Bourbon, slight oak and vanilla, dark dried fruit, sweet malts, earthy hops. Thick mouthfeel, rich and chewy. Almost a meal in a glass. Damn tasty beer overall. Wish I had more than just the one. Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 2008, aged nearly 4 years: More of a muddy chestnut brown colour, no head and looks a little bit dead. The aroma rich, figgy and oxidized so this is smelling quite old, maybe past its prime. The taste lacks complexity, but has some darker fruits, rich sweet malts, and finishes a bit flaccid. This bottle really didn’t handle this aging process.thornecb (5917) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Fresh: Bright golden-brown colour. Aroma of figs and raisins, and lots of chewy dark malts and hints of molasses. Complex palate with some nice dark fruit character and rich, sweet malts. Long finish and full body. 7-4-6-4-14 = 3.5
Pours mahogany into a Trappist glass. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Raisin, fig and pit fruit aromas. Tastes like the aroma with slightly thin palat.e durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Thanks Shyam for the bottle. Very dark brown pour that looked great but lacked any head of note. Sweet, slightly toasty malt nose with hints of overripe summer fruits (red apples, grapes, plums, figs). Some stouty notes of vanilla and chocolate. Great complex aroma. Wine-like notes on the palate, though the taste comes through a little overly sweet. Sticky palate. Would have liked some yeast, but still very good overall.
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a small tan head. Rich malt, fig, slight roast, raisin aroma. Dark fruit (raisin, fig, plum) flavor with brown sugar and slight roast. Low carbonation. Lingering cocoa, taisin, slight roast. Could use a bit more carbonation. Nice dark malt/dark fruit balance with good complexity. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2008
Thanks ucusty. Pours very dark for a Belgian. No carbonation and I only barely manage to coax a head. Pours like an impy. The aroma is very rich, dark fruity, portish, raisins, plums, earthy, not much Belgian yeast in the nose. The taste is very rich and earthy, dark earthy fruits, raisin and plum, warming, roasty. Warm meaty finish. No carbonation in the mouth and I feel like this detracts from the brew as a whole. aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2008
The color was dark red/black. The head was very thin, fizzy, and off-white. The aroma was molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and malty. The flavor was spice, alcohol, malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The palate was full-bodied. The finish was warm. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle. A dark brown color (still a bit translucent) with a brown head. A rich chocolate malty flavor with raisins and dark fruit. Tasty and rich with a nice smooth finish that hides the alcohol well. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2008
Can’t taste the alcohol, but definitely can "feel" it!!! Maybe I’m becoming a "light weight" (and if you believe that you obviously haven’t seen me). Dark hazy ruby/amethyst color with a nice tight latte head. The carbonation leaves significant lacing on the glass. Spicy, dark fruit, and candied sugar nose. Flavor is buttermilk biscuit, honey, and Rainier cherry skin. Starts out nice and sweet...ends with tart. A very good beer!!!