thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Pours a reddish dark brown with big tan head. Aroma is raisin, spice, cinnamon and some chocolate. Taste is a light chocolate, dark fruit, slight red wine notes and some charred oak. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap 5 oz. taster at Pizza Port in Bressi Park, Carlsbad, CA.
Opaque, intensely dark mahogany with a khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of sweet dark malt, cinnamon, molasses and dark fruit.
Taste of medium/full body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Hazy brown color with light tan sheen. Sour dark fruit, caramel, holiday spice aromas. Smooth medium body. Nice chocolate, nutty, holiday spice flavors--tasty.
Leighton (22306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Keg at CBC Clerkenwell, London during the Pizza Port tap takeover. Pours clear, dark brown with a tight, creamy yellow-khaki head. Restrained but deep spice aroma, some cinnamon, dark fruits, sugarplums. Medium to big sweet flavor with dark sugars, toast, moderate chocolate, dark fruits, balanced spices. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Moderate heat at the end, with more rich, dark malts, further ripened dark fruits, wintery spices, light cocoa. Incredible balance. I think it’s hard to make a balanced, spiced winter beer, but this one gets everything right. Theydon_Bois (20621) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Keg at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell - Pizza Port Tap Takeover After Party, 22/04/13.
Dark chestnut brown with a thin light tan head that retains well.
Nose is Xmas pudding, cake mix, dark fruits, dates, raisens, brown sugars, touch of spice, dark malts, aniseed.
Taste comprises toffee, biscuits, touch of Belgian yeast, cake mix, prunes, dates, light spice.
Full bodied with fine carbonation, light traces of booze in the finish.
Overall a decent well structured Belgian strong, no world beater but pretty drinkable and the alcohol is well tempered.
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
20th April 2013mcberko (18950) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Craft Clerkenwell Pizza Port Tap Takeover. Keg.Clear dark red - amber beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Rich creamy dark malt, not roasty or bitter. Light touch of sweet cinnamon and lesser light spices. Nice creamy feel to this and the spices are not over done.
On tap at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell, pours a dark amber brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of Belgian candied sugar, molasses and caramel. Flavour of burnt molasses, some deep dark dried fruits and more burnt cocoa. Very chocolatey Belgian dark full of flavour. Very nice stuff. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tap at Solana Beach. Clear deep maroon poor. Webby beige lace. Nose is a bit sour/acetic, red wine barrel. Taste is spicy, tart, chocolate, fruit cake, spiced rum, red wine barrel, melted dark chocolate. Really good. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Strong Ale 2012. Dark mahogany pour with an off-white head. Really nice spice aroma to this. Tons of nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. Nice toasted bread, toffee, and caramel sweetness. A hint of alcohol and cocoa, too. The flavor has a nice spiciness to it. Some toffee, toasted bread, and cocoa. Very nice nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon with just a hint of alcohol warmth. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Tap @ Pizza Port Solana Beach... Poured hazy, cloudy, dark rusty-brown with little-to-no head. Lots of spicing here. I’m not sure what was used but I picked up nutmeg and cinnamon with contrasting buttering hop spicing. Served a bit too cold, it first came off worty and sweet with unbalanced spicing. However as it warmed it came together nicely with more of a balance some some Belgian yeast notes coming into play.