dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Probably waited too long for this one. It was interesting, with flavors of sweet chocolate, toffee, and some sort of astringency, but overall it was a mess. Clearly over the hill. Wish I knew what it was like fresh and whether or not this is how it was intended to be. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Pours a dark brown color, small off white head. Aroma is strong banana, very strong fresh banana. Flavor is a banana chocolate split with some clove and other standard spices sitting atop. Thinking weizenbock more than dubbel. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown colour. Hoppy aroma, with some alcohol noticed. The aromas correspond to the palate, very hoppy, with alcohol showing. Doesn’t taste dark at all, even though it is a deep-ish brown colour. I don’t know how these gae and whether age will change it a lot, but it does feel a little raw. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2007
Bottle - Thanks to Bager. Dark dark brown - offwhite head. Licorice, raisins, berries, plums, yeasty, burned, roasted, dusty, light soya. A bit strange - but not bad !!! Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2008
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, supplied by Nuffield, thanks! Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt and some light sweet hints with a lot of alcohol too. Taste wasn’t the best. Roasted malt followed up with a medicinal quality. There was some molasses, raisin, and brown sugar in there too, but not enough to counter the alcohol.
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2010
on tap at Rattle n Hum pours a dark carmel color with a small head. the smell is dark carmel with some sour lactic notes. the taste is bland oxidized dark carmel with some fruity esters mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation. no alcohol to feel i could not drink more than 2 sips of this pint. thanks for the opportunity though rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! From bottle. Deep mahogany color with and dissipating white head. Aroma of deep toffee, roast and Belgian yeastiness. Flavor is pretty similar, but a lot weaker. Flat, thin and dead palate. Most of these are hits and misses. Have the later ones on draft, they’ve definitely held up better in kegs. Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Malty sweetness, hops, alcohol, fizzy and a little bit of spice. I think this one needs some time, was all over the place with no clear defined flavor. Alcohol comes through a bit strong for less than 9%. Will rerate this one after 6 months. Not impressed right now mmmbeer (1426) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
(Note- I had the complete vert. excluding 12-12; however, 02 and 03 were purchased online as well as 04 and 05. The seller that sold me the 02 and 03 was later found to be recapping (tasted "fresh"), but 04 and 05 were definately aged to say the least. With the doubt encasing online purchases in general, I decided not to post the ratings regarding them. The rest were either bought outright (06 and 07 in Kentucky, 09 from Liquid Solutions, 10 from Oak Tree, 08 in a trade, 11 from a local purchase, and 12 HOPEFULLY on tap somewhere in town) so it’ll be ok with the rest.)
... and so it begins. 22 oz. bottler served in tumbler- poured a dark brown color with a tint of red. Thin white whisps upon the liquid surface for head, aroma of chocolate, fresh tannin, and some light yeast and spice. Hits the mouth with a thin body, malt is not distinguishable, some light sugar with prunes and spice in the middle, finish is somewhat dry with spices slightly lingering. Some age to it, but not a total waste. Hoprider (699) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours dark brown with a small beige foamring on the curb of the glass N: yeasty phenols and prunes. T: sweet and smoky, caramel and spices. Light hints of anise. Aftertaste is dry and has Christmas spices. The yeasty phenols put me off a little bit.