dwyerpg (6493) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2009
A rich milk chocolate aroma, beautiful color. Flavor is thick, some roast, some Christmas spice, maybe nutmeg and incredibly smooth. A hint of graininess and hops in the finish. An excellent beer. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2009
Style; glass: Belgian Strong; trappist, tulip, tumbler
25.4 fl oz x 11% ABV = 279.4 / 60 = 4.65 beers * 150 C = 697.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $12.19
Aroma: cocoa, coriander, orange peel, zest, and pepper.
Visuals: fun, idyllic, brand oriented packaging, A deep midnight, deep brown, opaque, bright tan head, sticky lace.
Taste: expertly balanced, dark roasted coffee malt, peppery hops, refined strength.
Palate: crisp texture gives way to a rounded mouthfeel, long burnt finish with bitterness and cocoa.
Overall: delicious, layered and amazing. This is the epitome. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Pours a very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color that’s almost black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter edges when held to a light source. Huge frothy light tan/coffee colored head with amazing retention that only slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves thick chunks of soapy lacing in it’s wake.
Spicy pepper aroma with lots of dark fruit notes, especially dark cherry, grape, raisin and plum. Also, there is some prominent candy sugar, sage, brown sugar and dry piny hops.
Peppery spice flavor up front with a full bodied dark roasted malt body. Lots of dark cherry, plum and raisin with a prominent chocolate malt presence. Very well balanced, smooth and creamy and the high ABV is very well masked. This beer is amazing. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. I don’t know, it was big., I’m pretty mashed. Here goes. Okay. So, we poured this fucker and thought it was a stout at first, because it was cold and dark, and we had not checked ratebeer. Anyway, back to this guy, He was a nice, tall, dark brew with absolutely no fucking head. At all. Jet black surface. Actually, it’s more of a deep brown with tons of sedioment, and, Jesus Christ, the aroma is nuts. with heaps of booze and malts and figs and plums and the rest of the shit us beer nerds smell in these things. Ohhh lawwwwwd, The body. so fucking smooth. it is like... thin chocolate syrup. Hershey;’s. Fucking warming A-bomb in the finish, definitely a fireside sipper Guy . SICKKKKKKKK. BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
[At Carlsens with Hans Ole.] Again - foreign belgian brew when it’s best. Darkbrown and similar head with aroma of x-mas-spices. More flavornotes of spices, ginger, alcohol, anise, roasted cacao, sweet maltiness and with a long lasting finish of good heavy alcoholic warmness.
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle split with Pat and Vinny, courtesy of Vinny. Pours a deep, murky blackish brown body - maybe some sediment, but this guy is so damn dark. Aroma is cocoa, sweet nuts, dark fruit, and sweet brandy. Mouthfeel is dangerously smooth for an 11ABV beer. Flavors of chocolate, sweet oak, nuts, fig, and a bit of coriander (bizarre). Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
It is a black beer with a red hue and the head is dense and creamy. The aroma has notes of chocolate, light dark fruit and light spice. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of roasted malt, plum and other fruits, light alcohol, chocolate, licorice, spice and the finish is slightly dry. It is remarkably delicious. The previous years it has been wonderful, but this year I hear the angels sing. Damn, now I have to buy some more for Christmas eve... cyrenaica (1159) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2009
I tried this beer on April 23, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid brownish-black with a 1" light brown head. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, yeast, and spices. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, slightly creamy and with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, chocolatey, with a hint of plums and molasses. A very enjoyable beer.