jdjuice (502) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2007
Pours very dark cloudy brown with nearly no head. Aroma is very similar to a heavy red wine, very fruity and deep but also very malty. Palate is quite interesting, very smooth, low carbonation, but has just enough to avoid the sensation of flatness. The flavors are not nearly as fruity as the nose might indicate and are surprisingly light. The most dominant is a bitter roastiness that arises after about 5 seconds and lingers through the long finish. Slightly burnt tasting. Quite smoky, like a Scotch Ale or Rauchbeer. Interesting, would go well with some nice red meat. Too expensive though. Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2007
Lovely almost-black yet transparent. Somewhat thin but lovely and lacy head. Smoky, salty sausage and caramel aroma. Salty flavour of malt and sausage but not much smoke. Very nice touch of hops in the end. jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Garrafa. Coloração avermelhada, com um creme bege denso, mas não tão persistente. Muito bem balanceada. Álcool equilibradíssimo. Refrescante, o que não é comum numa cereveja desse tipo. Excelente retrogosto. Média carbonatação. Cerveja ímpar! Sizzler80 (501) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2013
Dark ruby red pour with a thick beige head which dissipates. Malt, bread, berries, booze, caramel, vinous, pepper, dank. Slightly dry with medium carbonation. The flavours and aromas are mostly balanced with the hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness and alcohol quite pronounced on the finish. gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
Pour into trappist glass deep red/brown/black with a dissapearing tan head.
Smell alcohol, malt, apples, raisens, very nice.
Taste is raisens, wood, medium alcohol finish, nice medium body. Very nice, wood comes through more as it warms up and it becomes a little cloying.
anfractuosity (491) - - MAR 10, 2015
Awesome beer, lovely dark colour, tastes of dark fruits..................................
chronictonic (490) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the ugly color - it poured a deep brown that seemed to be tinted with almost a green color. The head was unattractive too - kind of a sickly brown in color. The aroma was unenjoyable also - stale, musty (but not oxidized). The flavor was even worse. There didn't seem to be any obvious infection or oxidation problem - it just tasted old, grungy and bad. Maybe I need to try this one again - if it's better, I'll update the review.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 18, 2007
Brown bright appearance with the right little creamy head. Very strong notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, ripe fruit, little wood, little smoke, very smooth. Very nice palate, very complex, fantastic dry end. TH28 (488) - - DEC 24, 2014
Appearance: Deep burgundy, clear, with almost no foam head.
Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a slight woodiness. Nothing stands out.
Taste: Rich malty sweetness with flavors of bread crust, caramel, and molasses. A definite roastiness stands out on the backside, which wasn’t noticeable in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth.
Finish: Malt forward with a lingering roast.
Overall: A showcase of rich malt without some of the smokiness found in other examples. It’s fermented in oak, but I didn’t pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor. TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Very heavy, earthy aroma from the barrel. Smells more like other barrel aged liquor than beer. Nice head on pour, Quite dark, brown on the edges, maintains some fine lacing but mostly just around the edge. Very soft on the tounge, A shallow sweetness met evenly with the yeast flavour, it finishes with the barrel and goes on for a bit. This is quite nicely balance, just a bit of sharpness at the end of it all to pique your tounge. I also just mowed the lawn so this goes great!