atlasmonster (3) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2006 does not count
the nose to this beer is immediately bourbon and coffee liqueor, the taste is sweet, fruity, with a really nice finish of caramel. nothing is overly great in comparison to neighborhood beers but it is a solid and very drinkable beer. Eructoblaster (4205) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown cloudy body topped with a thin brown bubbly head. Wonderful and complex vineous aroma with toffee and plummy notes. Taste is rubust, complex, and warm. Various fruity and sweet hints. Ends with a long warming finish. Very enjoyable winter beer. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
Hazy brown hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, with a rich sweet malty nose of caramelized malt, toasted malt, brown sugar, with notes of dark dried fruit, like dates, prunes, figs, with a chocolatey accent, reminiscent of a fruitcake. Follows through on a full-bodied palate with sweet toasted and caramel malt character, with a toffeish note, dried dark fruit flavors, from dates, prunes, with brown sugar, molasses, chocolate sweetness. Finishes on a sweet malty brandyish alcoholic note. hotstuff (5161) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle. Large tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, sparse lacing, no visible carbonation, transparent, and a red brown hue. Nose was malty, sweet, cherry and hops. Flavor was sweet, malty, hoppy, and caramel. Smooth palate. Light body. Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle, Lot # 135376
Typical fizzy pour...lingering off-white head. Hazy ruby-chocolate in color. Interesting aroma...slightly resinous with hints of various spices...slightly oaky with undertones of sweet malts. Given the complex aroma, I was disappointed by the flavor...sweet and malty, slightly oaky and resinous...then, nothing. Not effervescent like most Abbey ales; it finishes watery with very little lingering flavor.
vanvenlo (1887) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
5 Mar 06 - Spicy sweet chery/choc malt aroma. Brown-red colour, Ok head and suds lacing. Spicy malt hop and berry flavour with some pleasant metallic undertones. Medium mouthfeel and malty metallic aftertaste. ALLOVATE (3016) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
All of the promise of a grand Dubbel only to fall flat halfway through the bottle, this one started off in grandeur and had I been served a small sample it may have topped the rest. Poured into a wide lipped chalice at just below room temperature. Clear, ruddy bronze body donned with a very well conditioned tannish head of cream ’that kept on keeping on’ and left a lovely pattern of fine lace. Deep, zingy and slightly vinous, cherry, raisins and old chocolate nose with a hint of pepper, doughy yeast and sherbet. Sweet and fruity up the front of the mouth with all warming, drying and vinous fruits towards the tonsils. Initially dominated by flavours of cherries, raisins and dark, roasted malts it falls plague to morphing into a mix of charred berries and musty hops which linger long after the swallow. Rather light and prickly on the tongue, it was tasty up until this acrid, bitter fruit flavour took over. I have to try this one again as I hope it was my sample. It wasn’t overly unpleasant so I hope an aged bottle fares up a little better. (75cL, 18/01/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville) Lunkie (1938) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
Sweet malt hop aroma. Murky brown colour with excellent head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with hops. Smooth palate. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 17/04/2005
Amber coloured with hoppy and slightly spicy ginger aromas. Very dry malt finish. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Sample BI Indy gathering 2/25/06 - Aroma is sweet cherry, malt, and yeast. Pours deep brown, medium head, and good lacing. Flavor matches with a bit of licorice and carmel. Palate is sticky. Tasty is a weird sort of way.