3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Draft @ the Brew Keeper. Dark plum/brown colored body, slightly muddy, with a thin tan head on top. Nose is big alcohol and cherry wood, nuts, full of dark fruit, deep and rich. Rich, very fruity flavor, with loads of black cherries, dates, black raspberries, plum, brown sugar, nuts, etc. Body is frothy thick with a medium fullness, some tannic nut flavors develop in the finish, some raisin, date, bread, etc. Wonderfully flavorful, but still young and hot. Fairly similar to how young, hot Westvleteren 12 is, and it gets approximately the same score from me. (young westy 12 for me is in the 3.8-4.0 range, while well-aged bottles score much higher). BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2009 Bottle thanks to miketd, thanks Mike! Poured a deep dark brown color with beautiful garnet highlights and a moderate beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, fig, plum, and light yeast. Lightly sweet, fruity entry leads into a nice malty, brown sugar flavor with sweet undertones of plum, fig, dark grapes, and finishes with a nice caramel-rum sweetness. Smooth and full on the palate. Truly a delightful beer, thanks again Mike. Oakes (18471) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
Slightly hazy burgundy colour. Sweet plum, orange, and demerara nose. Banana, spice, lots of chocolate and brown sugar with a dry, hoppy finish. Rich and sweet but well-balanced. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2008
22oz bottle. Plenty of dark and candied fruits on the nose. Raisins, plums and figs all soaked in a melange of brown sugar and spiced rum. Bananas. Almonds. Bubblegum. Warming but never overpowering alcohol. Nice... Pours a thick, dark brown with amber around the edges. A dark khaki head eventually settles to a lasting film on top. Some of the complexities of the nose are not to be found on the palate... it’s still good, though. Very yeast forward. Fairly dry and earthy with some candied fruit sweetness settling in behind the yeast. Slightly vinous. Cinnamon. Root beer? Fruitcake crust? Quite interesting. Creamy on the tongue with mouth filling but never overpowering carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Finishes with a lengthy does of yeasty dryness and a hint of funk. Unique and fun for sure. Thanks Mike! Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2008
It’s a brightly colored, burgundy brew with a well lasting and thinly layered head of foam. Nose of rum soaked icing covered fruit cakes, raisins and dried cherries. Flavor has a lot of depth and is very impressive. Notes of cherries, caramel, nuts, toffee and raisins. Full flavored from the start till the finish, which lasts well. Nice mouth feel. Really authentic. Wow, shockingly good beer and possible one of the best American Belgian Strong Darks out there.
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
At vero, thanks McBackus! Warm reddish brown, mostly clear. Sweet aromas. soft mouthfeel. Raisins, dates, rum cake, rum-soaked fruit. Sweet, mellow sipping beer. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bomber from Miketd, thanks Mike! Wetherel had been telling me about this for some time and now I have my own bottle...Pours dark amberish copper with a fleeting tan head. Sweet rich nose with a lot of character. Taste is sweet malty with some clear cut spicy character. Its a robust beer, and the alc isn’t there but the taste is somewhat strange. I like it, but its not quite what I expected. After drinking more I like it more, it settles well. smith4498 (3670) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mcbackus. Pours cola brown with off white head. BIG aroma of banana bread. Sweet flavors of banana, figs and raisins. Medium body with full body, lively carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Courtesy mcbackus. The body is a dark reddish to sienna brown color. A small, frothy, cream colored head leaves random spots and flares of lacing on the glass. The aroma is just like banana nut bread. Seriously, it smells like a freshly baked, home made loaf, complete with cinnamon and raisons. Flavors shows sweet, mushy, browned bananas, vanilla pudding, cinnamon and figs. The body is thick and syrupy, finishing slightly hot from the 10.5% ABV. This is a really interesting brew. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even though this isn’t one of my favorite styles. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
22oz bottle courtesy of McBackus. Nose is crazy. Banana Nut Bread, its dead on to the point that its almost comical. I also get some fig and cinnamon in there. Burnt brown pour with a small beige head. Slightly hoppy flavor with dark fruit notes and pronounced fig, raisin and vanilla notes. A nice belgian. More notable for the crazy aroma than its actual taste.