thornecb (6060) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours black into a tulip. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Prune and dark pit fruit aromas. Sweet with fig and prune upfront turning to dark caramel, and earth in the warm, lasting finish.nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Earlier Rating: 2/7/2016 Total Score: 3.8
Pours black into a tulip. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Prune and dark pit fruit aromas. Sweet with fig and prune upfront turning to dark caramel, and earth in the warm, lasting finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/11/2012 Total Score: 3.9
Pours deep mahogany into a Trappist glass. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Dark caramel, roasted nuts and sweet malt aromas. Crisp with dark chocolate covered caramel and pit fruit upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting raisin finish.
750ml. Like 15 bucks or something..errr...wut? Pretty solid Belgian Dark Ale. Big fruity notes, quite complex. Big and sugary, grounded with a deep Black Malt tone, but aggressive yeast tones and alcohol. Not unlike classic Trappist Ales, but maybe a little sugary and overbearing instead of sublime. Ironicmedic (77) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Poured from bottle 1/28/16, fresh. Large tan head that lasts. Dark in color. Smooth flavor with less aroma then I was expecting. Tasty though
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750 cc from Capone’s. Pours hazy dark blackisj with minimal tan head. Nose is blackberry, yeasty funk, florals. Tastes yeasty, with heavy notes of blackberry, vinous fruit, and florals.NachlamSie (3570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Earlier Rating: 5/31/2012 Total Score: 3.5
750 cc from Capone’s. Pours turbid chestnut with 3-finger splotchy tan head that laces irregularly. Nose is funky rock sugary malt, with figgy fruit, oaty cacao, hops. Tastes semi-dry, malty, yeasty, with figgy fruit, spice, cacao, and a dry finish. Very complex.
750 from Mile High. This is a great looking beer. It’s a very dark brown with an everlasting khaki head and dense lacing. Lots of fruity and spicy esters come through in the nose. Plums, dates, a dash of toffee, cola, earth, and baking spices. The palate is great. Ommegang knocks these beers out of the park. They just project craftsmanship. The yeast is the centerpiece in the flavor, giving layers of fruit and spice. It’s hoppy enough to let you know that it’s an American made beer, but not so hoppy it seems weird for the style. Notes of plums, baking chocolate, dark cherry, red wine, soil, and a dry finish make up this delicious beer. I love this beer, but it seems too similar in character, ingredients, and quality to Three Philosophers to warrant the $16.99 . The bottle actually wasn’t price-tagged, I just snatched it up on a whim.
onceblind (10570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Deep plummy brown with a thin off white rocky head. Nice plum and date tones on the nose, something sweetly herbal and Belgian-musty. Dry flavor with Belgian dusty farmhouse tones, dry date, dry plum, slight booziness and a little clove. Too many fruity undertones without any sweetness to play it up. dlovell2 (2290) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Earlier Rating: 1/19/2013 Total Score: 3.6
At Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Fest 2013. Black in color with a lasting foamy head. Mild aroma of dark earthy malts, currants, and a light, leafy hop presence. Flavor is fruity yet spicy with a combination of dark and light belgian fruit esters, like plum and pear, with spicy peppery yeast, and dark sweet maltiness. A little too light bodied--medium overall. But I really dug the flavor.
Poured from 22 oz cork and cage bottle. Pours black with big creamy, foamy head. Aroma is cocoa, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Creamy mouth feel. Dark fruit upfront, dried plums, dark cherries. Some chocolate in the middle and a earthy Belgium yeast in the finish. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Tap at Busters. Dark pour with a clingy light beige head. Belgian yeast, dark fruit, bread. Solid tasty beer.commonmac (1338) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Earlier Rating: 5/7/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at Fire House in Eau Claire. Dark cola pour with a foamy white head. Yeast, banana, and dark fruit. Very good.
Big bottle purchased at Total Wine & Spirits. Consumed with commonshawn and Double T’s. Basically dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is Belgian like with dark, slightly funky, fruit. Taste also has a distinct Belgian funk. Dark fruits (dates) play a big role. Definitely benefits from warming up with a stronger depth of flavor. Tartness. No sign of hops...malt is presiding over this effort. I’m slightly underwhelmed but it’s still above average. I foresee myself giving this another chance. commonshawn (1321) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Big bottle from total wine and spirits with commonmac. Poured into goblet. Cola color with full off white head. Nice Belgian nose full of dark fruit, alcohol, sugar, and yeast. Sweet, sugar, licorice, then some yeasty funk. Tastes terrific. Finish is clean and smooth. Soft and very pleasant body. I looked into the crystal ball and predicted I’d like this and it was true.