TH28 (478) - - 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. ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Serving date: 2009-05-14. Served in snifter.
Dark brown with big ruby hues. A 2 cm light-beige creamy head that settles after a while. Nice lacings.
A nice and big smell of malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and some coffee. Plenty of prominent fruity aromas. Some spices. Faint hint of alcohol. A very nice smell with plenty of depth.
Plenty of malts with a dense and sweet character in the mouth. The malts has a slight caramel-like character, but even more so of candy sugar and brown sugar. Fudge and notes of chocolate. Tasty vinous fruits (cherries, blackberries). In the finish there is notes of wood, dry coffee notes, spicy alcohol and some herbs.
Rather full-bodied, soft and creamy texture. Well balanced carbonation.
A very tasty beer with rich aromas. Rather complex and well balanced. Has somewhat of a sophisticated expression.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A small off white head on a dark mahogany body, some lacing present. ARoma consists largely of malt and alcohol. Flavor is intensly malty but supprisingly complex and fairly balanced. Initial sweet taste ends in a dryer finish witn noticable bitterness. I expected this to be quite cloying based on the aroma but was presently supprised to see tht this was not the case with this brew. Palate is fairly substantial and velvety. A nice beer. Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 18, 2007
Coloração vermelho-escuro, creme bege pouco denso e consistente. Aroma de grelhado. No paladar, uma boa surpresa. Parece uma Stout (café e chocolate), mas é BEM refrescante. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Very fruity aroma with a heavy overtone of alcohol.Fruit flavor followed by malt for taste.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissolving head. Quite a malty nose with notes of caramel and toffee. The flavour was malty as well with caramel notes. The alcohol, even though it was only 7.2, was quite noticeable, however if I was to drink a few of these I don’t think I’d care much. Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 30, 2008
Thanks to ghawener. Drank it during the Eurocup Final 2008. I really liked this, a great surprise. Pours a dark amber with nice creamy head. Medium bodied, spicy, very rum like. Complex, and the alcohol goes pretty much unnoticed. Would like to drink again. SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Dark with a small head and nice lacing. Interesting malty aroma. Chocolate, caramel flavor that is lingering and pleasant. Much more subtle than the jacobite ale. Smooth, balanced, and excellent. Jedsbrew (464) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Rich mahogany color with a soft head and silky lacing. Fine malty aroma with cherries, dried fruit and touch of sherry. Malty and fairly sweet, toasty caramel with chocolate and a little butterscotch in the flavor. Medium to full bodied, very smooth and seemed a little oily on the tongue. Lightly bitter and warm in the finish. Really good.