andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013nickd717 (4645) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at home while watching playoff football on a lazy winter weekend. Very happy that Stone released a variety of these. Appearance is a dark brown / ruby red with a rich, slightly off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, prune, biscuit, red wine, a bit of sugar, and molasses. Taste is full bodied, really more of a wine than a Belgian ale, with a plentiful amount of prune flavor and molasses. Itís very low carbonation, but again very heavy. Unless I stumble upon other varieties of this, thoroughly enjoyed this series.
Somehow missed reviewing this the other times I ticked it. Dark brown pour with a large light beige head. Aroma is roast, wheat, anise, molasses. Flavor is medium sweet, wheaty, roasty, touch of bitterness. Medium bodied, well carbonated. Not bad. walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
just found my notes on this, had it a few years ago. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma anise, dark cherry, roasted malts, chocolate. flavor dark fruits, anise, honey, and the roasted malts Hoprider (636) - 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. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of chocolate, dark malt, prunes and weak liqurice. A flavor of liqurice, chocolate, prunes and roasted malt.DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didnít happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head formed.
2.5 S: Smells like a spicy, well diluted nail polish. Despite this deScription, itís not that horrible. Caramel, toast, light roastiness, and chocolate.
2.0 T: Like the nose, but more boring. Toasty, caramel, roast. Less nail polish, but just boring.
3.0 M: Medium body. Lighter carbonation, but decent here.
2.5 D: Not horrible, but not good or even decent.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015
jonno (2756) - JAPAN - JAN 4, 2016
Oxidized to hell, but this reminded me of a junior Samiclaus. Prunes, stewed ripe fruit, deep ashy finish. Pretty good, although probably at its peak 2 years ago or so. biirusaikou (2705) - - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle shared, thanks Arturo! Lovely milky chocolate character with a silky body, notes of almond and pepper, does have a little dusty edge as an old wine coming our of a treasure chest. A quite unique experience, might be past its prime but still greatly enjoyable brew. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Much better than the previous "lake water" taste that it had in '06. Can't smell it very well. Has a cola flavor, not yeasty, raisins. Slightly sweet but mild.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a slightly viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears jet black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Surprisingly hop forward aroma with an earthy, resinous character followed by roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. Slightly herbal with grassy pine notes followed by pepper, clove, anise and licorice. Sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and alcohol. A lot of these notes are faded but they have at least held up, unlike many other entires in this series.
Medium bodies and more complex than expected with a nice balance of sweet malts, zesty spice, resinous hop, dark frui and alcohol. Like the aroma, the flavor retains a lot of hop flavor. Not as complex as when fresh but there is some earthy grass as well as some herbal pine flavor followed by sweet chocolate malt, toffee and caramel. As it warms, dark fruit sweetness comes forward with hints of grape, raisin, currant and other dark berries followed by some alcohol sweetness in the finish. High ABV is well masked though making it easy to drink. Itís a bit watered down and the flavors havent completely held up but this is still one of the better beers in this series. drfabulous (7814) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Chocolate dark medium body tasty chocolate notes throughout.