emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2008
This beer has one of the best color and aromas ever. The color is like a light cherry red and nut brown mix with no head, and the aroma can be smelled from a mile away. The smell is nice and full of dark fruits mainly dates. As it warmed up and i took a nice sip, it had a nice rich caramel malt with a fruity syrup texture. There was not much of a hop bitterness but it was still full bodied I also like the fruit extracts that were left along the sides of your mouth long after the beer went down your throat. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a small fizzy tan head. Looks a lot like flat-ish Coke. Nose of bread, yeast, alcohol, and raisins. Has an excellent bitterness that lingers. Sweet caramel and fruit. Leaves a lot of alcohol on the tongue. Not much carbonation at all, but has a bright spritz that gives it a sort of light feeling you don’t expect from a beer looking and tasting like this. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap at the brewery - Pours dark amber with very little head. It has a very good malt and dark fruit aroma. The flavor has those same malt and dark fruit notes along with an obvious dosing of alcohol. There’s a nice, big Abt. taste there, but it’s a little too hot and lacks the complexity of some of the great Belgian Abt/Quadrupels. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2008
750 corked and caged, pours into the glass looking more like a shiraz than a beer. Zero head, hardly any carbonation, deep purple/black that is mostly opaque. Not much in the look to let you’re know you’re drinking an abt, let alone a beer. Initial aroma, right after the bottle had been popped, was heavy fruit and very grapey almost like... a shiraz. But once the glass had a chance to breath you got the aroma’s you’d expect from this style beer, dark Belgian candy, sour yeastiness, touch of peanut, and plenty of alcohol apparent in the aroma. Flavor is quite sour from the yeast and the alcohol, toffee and dark fruits are also abundant, with flavor notes of white grape and honey as well. Heavy mouth feel with plenty of heat from the alcohol with the funky, medicinal lasting after taste you get from this kind of beer. Truthfully, it was a little much for me. I’d like to see this beer without the raisins, and maybe with some extra hops to give it a more rounded nose, flavor and finish. Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2008
dark fruit aroma, blackish purple appearance, soft and gentle at first then the raisins hit along with strong alcohol, finishes dry with some chocolate notes
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Pours a deep reddish brown with bareley any head.
Smells of raisins and spices and maybe a hint of brown sugar molasses.
Very oily and smooth and the flavors of rasins and figs are subtle but not overpowering. I can’t help but notice that there is barely any carbonation at all, the beer is almost flat except for a thin ring of around the edges of the glass; however the flatness allows me to focus on the flavor of the beer a little more.
I cannot believe that this is 10.5%, the alcohol is among the most well hidden i’ve ever encountered.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2008
750 mL bottle. Pours a dark cherry-varnish color with small ivory head. The aroma is pretty strong raisin and black cherry with some light wood and chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar, and some general fruity esters. The flavor is cherry, wood, alcohol, and a little bit of ash. The finish is prickly and somewhat hot, and leaves a dry aftertaste. Not bad. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
deep red body with minimal head..aroma of black cherry, chocolate, yeast, coffee cake...very sweet..flavor of toffee, sweet bread, raison, prune, figs, and cherry...beautiful, chocolately finish...superb nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 Bottle. Dark reddish pour. Resiny and thick - slightly medicinal. Tons of raisins everywhere, dark fruit, alcohol in the finish. Big malt character - toffee, brown sugar. Decent, I can see that, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Rerate - a big round quad, sweetness is well balanced by the alcohol content. Clearly well brewed. 750ml, cork and cage, at Blind Tiger. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
on tap-pours a disappearing off white head and cloudy brown color with red tint. Aroma if funky medium malt. Taste is funky medium malt, spices, dark fruit-raisin. Not my taste.