jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2006
Aroma has alcoholic lightness, caramelly and roasty. Body is surprisingly light, relative to color, good carbonation, smooth but not creamy. Flavor is very malty and, umm, kind of, umm...tastes a little like pot. I think pot has a very nice taste, and is something that goes very nicely with a beer of this darkness. Nice light finish with some banana esters and alcohol. Doesn’t fit in a category, and I like it for that. MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle. This is the 4th bottle I’ve had so far apparently I get lazy with my notes. Pours a dark brown with a large nearly white head. Aroma is still on the sweeter side with lots of dark fruits. Flavor is malty and caramel and sweet with some yeastiness, raisin, plum, and unidentified fruitiness. Finish is dry and spicy and moderately bitter and earthy. I remember it being more alcoholic when fresh for some reason, as it sits now there is a light warmth. I got more, I’ll try it again in a year. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Dark brown in color with beautiful, ruby highlights and lots of fat bubbles (not typical of ale, natural carbonation) rising through the body and a moderate, but sustaining, tan head reminiscent of the head on a cup of hot chocolate. Well done spicy, bubblegummy, molasses, fruity, elderberry, milky, wheaty, and cocoa powder aroma. Just as the bottle reads, the aroma is "deep." The flavor is not as complete as the aroma on first pour. I would best describe it as "tight and shy" in the first few sips. As the beer oxidizes a while, it releases most of the aroma components into the flavor profile though they are not as distinct as in the aroma, this will most likely develop as it ages. The addition of a nice roast and and some orange fruit provide counterbalance to the sweetness in the finish. The paradox of this beer is that each taste provides a different flavor experience. Truely amazing. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
35 dollar bottle from The Freakin’ Frog. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is first and foremost oxidized caramel which works nicely, plenty of fruits with some chocolate and a hint of spice and phenols. Flavor is again caramel, fruity and roasty, and a moderate belgian spiciness. Palate is medium and carbonation has held up very well. Haven’t had this for a couple years and it’s way better now than I remember. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2006
pours dark brown with a tan head. aroma smoke, chocolate, clove, some dried fruit, bananas, and a slight alcohol burn. flavor sweet raison quite a bit of clove. also some smokey chocolate and a hint of espresso bitterness. full bodied. fairly lively carbonation as it should be. finish is a fantastic roller coaster of flavor. the finish alone is just as complex if not more than any other part of the beer. it starts sweet with a hint of raison and alcohol and gently evolves into a lovely smokey bitter chocolate flavor that sticks with you forever. fantastic beer. the first of the series i have rated. i am very interested to see how this stands up to six years of aging.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
This was an impulse buy. It looked interesting in the display at the local beer retailer. Nice black body, big foamy tan head. Very malty aroma, maybe a little on the sweet side. That is a good beer, not too much carbonation. Very malty flavor. There is some carmal present. Very good.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Dark brown- tan head- nose and taste yeast, wood notes, malt some hops – nice aftertaste HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some fruitiness in the nose. Smooth, malty, mild spiciness and carbonation with a light bitter finish. Real nice brew. I want to get another and let it age for a long time and give it another try. biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark, dark brown, with a thin tan head. Very roasted malty aroma, with some spices and some dark fruits. Very nice mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth finish. Flavor is mostly the roasted malts, with some fruity sweetness and a splash of hops. Very tasty. Very drinkable. I am glad to have a few bottles to cellar. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
From bomber. Dark, ruby pour with thin tan head. Nose is burnt Belgian candy sugar, anise(?) and vanilla. Flavor follows with alcohol in the finish. Palate is smooth. Another one that needs to sit.