Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Dark amber, caramel color, lots of bubbles and large foamy tan head leaves a clean glass as it subsides. Sweet subtle malty caramel aroma with a raison and brown sugar flavorwith an alcoholic prune aftertaste followed by a slight alcohol burning in the throat area. Reminds me more of a barleywine that needs to age then of a belgian. ChainGangGuy (4909) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Appearance: What a beaut! Crimson red hue capped with a rather sturdy tan-colored head.
Smell: Suitably rich, yeasty aroma consisting of bananas, cherries, and spice layered with a pleasing malt presence.
Taste: Hefty malt sweetness upfront with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, almonds, and more cherries (providing just a tinge of tartness). Ends with just a soft touch of pepper in the otherwise sweet, lingering finish. Never really delivers any substantial hop bitterness or flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and surpassingly soft on the palate.
Drinkability: Are you up for a decent American attempt at a Belgium style? This can be that beer. It will be that beer. gnoff (10713) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 First ratingbelieveUme (17) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget
Labeled 9.4% ABV.
Clear brown color, fluffy tan head. Sweet and metallic scent. Spicy sweet raissin taste. Full mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Much of much things, nothing really grabbing hold of you though. You can sense the high alcohol.
Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Hazy dark copper color, tan head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Lactic, sweet, spicy, alcohol taste. Sort of thin and flat mouthfeel. Low bitterness.
Dark ruby with a thin head. Aroma is of sherry, sweet malts, and yeast. Flavor is of dextrinous roast, carmel, and yeast phenols. A bit under attenuated leaving a cloying sweetness. Otherwise, a good American interpretation of a Belgian Dark Strong. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Did not live up to expectations. Mahogany with a bubbly off-white head. Solid aroma or malts, alcohol, and smoke. The peat, yeast, caramel, and nutty flavors are good, but really washed out. Good, but not memorable.
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
From a 750 shared with my parents. Pours a deep amber with a little soda-like head. Aroma is sweet dark malts, smoke, and alcohol. Flavor is very smokey and peaty (and quite unexpected), with molasses, and a yeasty finish. Alcohol well noted. An interesting take on the style, but I can’t say I’d seek this out again for personal consumption. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
On tap at the SF Rogue Public House. Pours a dark amber with a thick yellow head. No aroma that I can identify. This is a thick beer. Has a huge smoke flavor at first- very peaty. Amazing smoke flavor with a quick finish. This seems like it is huge in alcohol, even for 9%! BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
25 ounce bottle. Trappist glass. Cloudy Mahogany with brown quickly diminishing head. Aroma was sweet malt and caramel. Taste was fairly complex with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar tobacco and sweet malts. Lightly spiced with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Bitterness increases as it warms. I should like this one more. An interesting mix of flavors, but it just didn’t mix well for my taste. B for effort. mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Deep, dark ruby in color. Sparkling in clarity with a lasting tan head. Complex fruity aroma. Thick, rich flavor. biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with some slightly reddish highlights. No real head to speak of. Aroma is Belgian yeast, dark fruits, banana and molasses. Flavor also holds onto the Belgian yeast, semi-sweet, dark fruits, yeast and a hearty dose of malts. Very drinkable. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.