Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Pretty respectable attempt at a Belgian style by an American brewer......... madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Purs dark brown with a slight reddish hue when held up to the light. Very thin light brown head. Initial aroma of yeast, clove, chocolate and raisins. Taste is more of the same with chocolate and raisins, mostly raisins and then finishes with yeast and some roasted coffee bitterness. Very sweet and sugary. Could use a few months of mellowing out. Medium body and some alcohol warming. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Dark brown body with light brown head. Plummy aroma with milk chocolate, raisins and lots of sugars. Sweet flavour shows raisins, dates and plums. Full-bodied, very sweet finish with lots of brown sugar character. Definitely built for the cellar, this isn’t bad now but it’s definitely too sweet for my tastes. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Clear dark red-brown body with small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, candi sugar, some Belgian yeast, caramel, banana, raisin. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some banana, light Belgian yeast. Medium body with some alcohol roughness. Seems more like a Weizenbock. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours a black color with a tan head that quickly disipates. Aroma is roated malt, with notes of sweet malt, and spice. Full bodied with a nice balance of flavors that include: roasted malt, bubblegum, clove, yeast, and various spices. Stone never disapponits.
jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. This one may be to complex. Very bubblegummy. Strong aroma with malt character and yeast standing out in the smell. Very dark color with thin head. First taste was pretty good, not sure what to say. After it warmed it seemed to get worse with an apparant cough syrup taste in the last few sips. Terrible palate near the end. I think this ale was better served cold than at room temperature. I don’t know if 6 years of aging would make this any better. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours a dark dark brown approaching black with decent clarity and a sparse light tan head. The nose dominated by strong flavors like juicy fruit and roasted malt. A hint of alcohol and a little spice are there too. The palate is smooth and creamy with appropriate CO2 and a bit of stickiness. A touch of alcohol warming. The flavors are really very nice in this brew. Big sweet malt with some roast, alcohol up front, and juicy fruit again. Creamy, with slight hints of acid and chocolate. There’s even a bit of spice and floral elements. The alcohol really enhances this brew. This completely lacks any of the sourness I’ve encountered in some Belgians and I really enjoy this one. I’ll be sure to go out and grab a couple more! tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2006
In appearnace, this beer is dark brown with a very thin brown head. The aroma is of sweet alcohol, malt, something like peppermint, and some fruit (both citrus and non-citrus). The flavor is similar, overall I’d describe it as both sweet and sour, roasty, hoppy, lightly fruity, with alcohol. Lingering sour flavor. Smooth palate with low/medium carbonation. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Thanks to kmweaver. Dark, brown body with small tan head. The aroma is clove, bubblegum and roast. The flavor is clove, banana, bubblegum, roast, candi sugar, slightly burnt. The mouthfeel is thin, dry and rough with a warm, astringent finish. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2006
22oz - 400th rating - Aroma of bubblegum, spice, and alcohol. Pours deep deep red with a small head and decent lacing. Flavor matches aroma with some chocolate tossed in. Palate is sticky and sweet. Very tasty and I bet once the alcohol mellows, it will be even better.