stevoj (5441) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2016 Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Poured medium brown with a well-formed khaki head. The aroma picked up lots of black pepper, rye, and clove spicage over molasses and a touch of maple.. very yeasty, but enjoyable. The flavor found prickly carbonation and cloves on the tip of the tongue, with warm molasses, caramel, and maple following.. peppery red notes and tart, red vinous character around.. finished with tight carbonation and lots of spice, with banana and molasses coming back after the swallow. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. spicy, yeasty, and engaging.. a bit too much carbonation for my liking.. overall a very good drinker.
Bottle share courtesy of Toby. This one didn’t seem to hold up too well in aging. Dark pour with small airy head, seemed kind of flat and dull. Aroma and taste were in the right zone for the style, but it seemed it had started to go down hill, dusty, dirty, funky elements. Too bad... Banksiz (139) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Slight prune-raisin-molasses nose. Medium sweet with a light bitterness. Medium body, slightly warming as it goes down, Smooth finish with lingering flavor and no residual harshness. Nevertheless, not as playing as the 2011 vintage ale. jandd1983 (4550) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of belgian yeast with some spices and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma with a sweet malty finish. djd07 (15356) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is brown sugar and dark fruit. Medium mouth, strong brown sugar, raisin, figs, and candy sugar finish. Good. Ron (4119) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Herbal nose with some sweet brown sugar, some light spices and alcohol. Lots of herbal notes to the flavor with roast, some chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and alcohol. I aged this for 2 years in my beer cellar. It did not seem to mellow out to me. There was some malt separation as the 2nd glass was maltier than the 1st.
Patrickctenchi (6695) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Purple-black, with a minimal beige head.
Cola and cinnamon aroma.
Flavour is cinnamon, black cherry, cola...
Very sweet, and quite tasty. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
750ml bottle -
Apart from this being an absolute steal at Trader Joe’s ($4.99 for a 750ml bomber of a BSA?? Where do I get in line!) this is a phenomenal beer and while I haven’t rated it side by side to beers in years past, this one was extremely tasty.
Tons of dark pitted fruit in the aroma, lots of mulling spice, Coke mixed with brown sugar...loved it. Lots of clove/all-spice like flavors combined with cherries, plums, Tootsie rolls and toffee with a long, spicy finish. The beer had just the right amount of sweetness left in it to accentuate all these fruit flavors and meld really, really nicely with the spices. Definitely recommended. fcjack1 (276) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from trader Joe’s (of course). Pours very dark brown. Tan head. Scent is a little boozy, red wine. Taste is a little dark cherry, fig and alcohol. Not sure what this tasted like in 2012 but, its pretty dang good now. shrubber85 (11582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of NeoHippie2). Cinnamon, pepper, and malt aroma. Black with large tan head. Sweet spicy cinnamon/nutmeg and toffee malt flavor. Very lightly bitter herbal finish. Quite nice - finally a good Trader Joe’s beer. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-26-13-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown chestnut color with a big billowy cream colored head. The big billowy head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma was slightly roasted and rather fruity. A good dose of a slightly grainy but roasted and toasted malt smell along with darker fruits of cherry and raisin are there. Along with these aromas are some smells of yeast and a little bit of a spicy smells and some hot rum like aromas are there, producing a nice Belgian strong dark aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly roasted and malty flavor with the darker fruit cherry that was detected in the nose. Some yeasty and spice flavors of a clove and nutmeg later come to the tongue as well as some other flavors of more raisin and fig. As the flavor advances further to the end, the malty flavors dwindle further as the darker fruit and spice seem to increase, combining with a little bit of a boozy rum flavor, which all in all end up leaving a rather nice Belgian dark smell to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a Belgian strong dark of 9 % adv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The combo of body and carbonation are nice for styles of the brew as well as in keeping the brew very drinkable but not too drinkable in light of the abv. and the boozy flavors.
Overall – A rather nice drinking Belgian strong dark ale with some nice fruity flavors as well as a good level of roast and booze.