TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
375 ml bottle shared by NobleSquirrel. Thanks, Brian! Pours a richer deep brownish plum hue. Darker, good haze, brownish rich body with just a touch of light on the edges. A frothy brownish head dies to a negligible layer, minimal lacing. Aromas are sweeter, Quad like with lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, kiss of cocoa and dry bakers chocolate. Gentle fruit, caramel and toffee mix with touches of gentle yeast. Peppery spice element doesn’t really take hold for me, kiss of spice and cinnamon. Initial is fuller bodied, cinnamon and brown sugar, touches of cocoa, caramel and toffee. Gentle plum, dried fruit and toffee. Middle is similar, a bit chewy. Gentle spice (but not heat, bakers spice), a bit sweet. This doesn’t really come together, the pepper barely makes an appearance for me. A bit sweet, sticky into the backend with some gentle cinnamon. Meh. I think the base is a lot better. This certainly isn’t a bad beer, but I was just expecting a lot more from the treatment itself. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 31, 2013
On tap at the Alehouse.
Pour is a dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a flutter of roasted dark malts. Flavor is yeasty,spicy prune up front, then settles into a sweet dark caramelized sugars. Finish is a bit too clean, not much lingering flavor. Good, but not great. Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Appearance was hazy brown with creamy lasting tannish 1/2 head, no lacing. Aromas are sweet malts, spices , chilis, funky yeasty bready thing going on. Taste are funky yeasts, touches of sweet deep malts, raisin, plum, cinnamon, chili heat. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with full body, then fruity lasting warming alcoholic yeasty finish. Different brew... wchesser (2076) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Small caged bottle. Huge slow fading pillowy head on slighty reddish brown beer. Very clear but lots of sediment in bottle. Interesting nose with chilis and tamarind noticeable...cloves and more spicy yeast notes as it warmed. Kind of flat flavors though..pretty average belgian brown. Bit of a letdown. fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
Corked bottle, courtesy of mcberko
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Dark brown color, almost black, with medium sized creamy head.
Mild aroma I roasted malt and spices, some pepper. High carbonation, good flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate, lean in the beginning rounder later, with pleasant piquant spiciness.
It gets better given some time to settle an oxygenate. Very good.
Thanks for the bottle, Reg! Pours dark reddish brown. I can smell and taste the house yeast upfront. Brown sugar nose. Strong flavors of sweet candies, rasins and toffee. Boozey, The spices are far in the background. Some burn in the finish. mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
375mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of light spices (sort of cinnamon and anise), some dark fruits, caramel malts, and yeast. Flavour brings out complex notes of spices and traditional quad flavours, with cinnamon, a hint of chile and tamarind, followed by loads of yeast and dark fruits. Finishes slightly spicy and highly yeast. Mouthfeel is quite intensely carbonated, much more so than the regular Judgment Day. Good stuff, but I highly prefer the regular JD. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
The pour is a deep, dark murky maroon with a moderate, foamy, frothy, pale tan head with is fully lasting leaving nice froth and similar lace. The nose is very nice with cinnamon and peppery spice noted, burnt caramel, rum-soaked raisins, English toffee, and candied dates. The flavor is much of the same still some dry, peppery, cinnamon notes, toffee, candied dates, molasses, light banana bread, and lighter raisins. The palate is nice with a full body, more than moderate carbonation, drying and chewy mouthfeel. The finish is more dry with still the cinnamon, light pepper, molasses, raisins, and some candied dates. Using the Mexican spices did add a completely different approach to the style with the dryness and spice, but I found it less enjoyable to drink than the original. Still a nice beer from an incredible brewery. TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bonus bottle share thanks Aaron. This was a great surprise pours dark brown with creamy light brown head with nice lacing along the glass. Smells of bread and cloves nice malty smell. Definitely taste the clove, raisin, plum and hints of chocolate. Overall this is a very good beer that has a hint of warming that is excellent for enjoying on the couch on a cold day. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Brian! Pours a cloudy dark brown with a touch of amber and a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of spice, fennel and clove with dark grains and chocolate. Flavor has notes of fennel and chocolate with underlying clove and spice.