MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle thanks to Jeremy!cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Dark purple-brown, creamy white head. Nose of plum, wood, smoke, light olive, and significant yeast. Soft, chalky plum flavor, sawdust, yeast, and a lightly bitter finish of nut and some sugar. This one is all over the place, at times coherent and dessert like in the rich body, and then at other times, astringent and conflicted. Couldn’t nail this one down and came away confused.
A-pours a dark bronw liquid, mostly opaque, tight light tan head, quite dense and creamy looking.
S-smokey wood, notes of olive, sweet plums, pepper, chalky and ashy in the back.
T-the sweet dark fruity esters up front, olives, touch of pepper, notes of chalk and ash in the back.
M-extremely smooth and creamy on the palate, syrupy but thin and falls off in the back.
D-this is a little off, has some different flavors going on. not impressed and really a little offensive. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2010
22 oz bottle from recent release. According to the brewer this was a mix from cabernet and whiskey barrels. Deep chestnut brown with a creamy beige head. Nose is earthy plum, dusty brown sugar, chocolate and a whisper of bourbon. Silky with soft prickles. Taste is woody unsweetened chocolate, raisin, vanilla and bourbon. Barrel aging nicely compliments the base dubbel. Brigadier (3805) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
650 ml bottle
Beginning the first of three Midnight Sun bottles was this beer from the cellar of miketd. Apparently a new take on the aging I am surprised this is not already in the database. Being the first rating gives me a burden I don’t know if I want. After all in the end I think I like the regular stuff better. The oak aging was not bad; it just did little to boost the credibility of an already solid abbey dubbel.
Aroma / Appearance - The offwhite head was lazy against the brownish black base that constituted much of the glass. Oak was a main player. Evidence of the Monk’s Mistress shone through but not in the same way. It was muted and tame as if it had been toned down for some reason. I was expecting a little more aggressiveness.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel and taste was up to expectations. Not overwhelmingly strong I got a nice blend of malts and hops. The oak begins to become more prominent towards the end of the taste. Overall it is not without merit but also does not really have any oomph to set it apart. Usually when you barrel age a beer the goal is to supplement the base beer not mask its strengths.