shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2007
A very nice offering from North Coast, with a more than appropriate name. Sample this from its 750ml bottle and was very impressed. It pours dark mahogany, and the smell is very spicy, malty, sweetish, and balanced. Caramel, malt, almonds, dark fruit, and a heavy alcohol presence are all apparent in the taste. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Friday, November 17, 2006
Employee Tasting Notes (Belmont Station)--Hailing from Fort Bragg, CA’s North Coast Brewing, this big beer (9% ABW) was smooth and well-balanced despite being high octane. Bolstered by an outstanding label depicting Thelonius Monk with a halo of piano keys, BT was a tasting favorite with a rich reddish hue and a soft, mildly carbonated, "leathery" mouthfeel. The alcohol was well hidden in this spectacular brew. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Aged this one about 8 months. Pours a hazy, murky brown color with a medium sized, frothy tan head. Nice, intricate lacing noted. The aroma is sweet and malty, with candied sugar, caramel, maple syrup, and dark fruits all showing strong. Copious amounts of vanilla and oak come through as well, as does a faint nuttiness. The flavor follows this same sweet, malty path, though it does have a substantial enough hop profile to add excellent balance and drinkability. The medium-full, silky smooth body is slightly syrupy, but not at all cloying. This is a really nice, ultra-drinkable, big Belgian brew. Shag (2987) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2007
A dark brown appearance with a ruby tint. The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and cherries. The flavor is rather sweet on this one. A lot of milk chocolate flavor but also some caramel, raisins, cherries, and brown sugar. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall this is a very nice beer! robforbes (2238) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009 old rating:
7/4/8/3/16 - 3.8
pour is brick-red with a medium size beige-yellow head that dissipates quickly, good lacing.
smell is sweet, chocolate, brown sugar, pitted dark fruit, some spice, caramel.
taste is strong, smooth, and thick, bakers chocolate, prunes, raisins, grapes, some toffee, background is white pepper, malt, and spice, ends dry, somewhat tart, and somewhat sweet sweet.
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
Quite dark brown with a lot of off-white head. Smells of malt, dark fruit, some burnt flavours. Somewhat caramelly and strong metallic notes in a very foamy, fizzy body. None of the Belgian-style yeast you might expect or the complexity. Nicely made but nothing too special. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits. Dark brown in color with small tan head. Rich flavor of rasins, and brown sugar. Medium body. Alot of flavor to it. Good beer. glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt notes of nutty and chocolate, light hop note of herbs, moderate yeast aromas of dough and earth, and toffee and brown sugar in the background. Head is small, off-white, with fair lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is hazy brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightyl acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, oily to creamy, with a lively carbonation, and finishes lightly alcoholic. Full, rich aromas and flavors make this a very good Belgian Strong. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2006 GABF Woodsy aroma, some dark fruits. Flavor is malty and fruity with a bit of sourness. Capa (3254) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle from the 2006. Deep amber with a tan head. Aroma of tart cheery, sweet fruit, spices, plums, and sweet malts. Nicely carbonated body. Sweet malts, cherries, dark fruits, plums, sour fruits, spices. Finish is nice, but maybe a bit sweet. Very enjoyable, and fairly refreshing.