hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Marked best before end of 2007. A lot of sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Poured a huge ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, carbonated, cloudy, yeasty, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was wonderful-malty, caramel, sweet, and some fruityness. The flavor was rich and extremely delicious-sweet, malty, caramel, somewhat dry, and vinous but not overly so. Tingly mouthfeel. All-in-all extremely quaffable and a great beer to enjoy on a Friday evening. If you enjoy a good BSA, this is a must try IMMHO. I hope to have this one again sometime soon.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shame on me for neglecting my Belgian ales....boy was this a good one to get me back on the wagon. Light reddish brown pour with a rich head. One of the best aromas I’ve experienced in some time-plum, fruity hops, alcohol, mandarin orange, light cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth and the flavor fills the mouth showing it’s alcohol, sweet pale malts, pear, peach - sweet, fruity, long flavours. Very, very nice.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured light red/burgundy with a with a creamy off-white head that never completely dissipated. Aroma is apples, grapes, and cinamon. Taste is of smooth sweetness, grapes, and pears with a dry finish. A truly world-class belgian.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby amber color with lots of big yeasty chunks. lots of fizz in the body. creamy medium size head that is light tan/off-white. short lasting with a short dense layer of lacing. aroma is candi sugar, caramel, raisin, pear, light yeast & lightly toasted malt. very faint alcohol aroma, like an aged whiskey. flavor is lightly dry and sweet, starts a little doughy/bready and hoppy, then is sweet like caramel/toffee, pear, slight banana, and dark cherry/raisin. creamy mouthfeel and very fizzy. clean alcohol finish.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great fruity sweet smell, lots of good malts, pours a brown color, a shit load of yeast too, interesting hops, kinda bitter and sour, very smooth and tangy, has a huge foamy head, you can only get one good glass out of a champagne bottle the rest is full of globs of yeast.
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large light yellow colored head that bubbles down quickly to a medium size. A rosy red and brown color that is fairly clear. Aroma has pears, nutmeg and honey. Also some deep earthy musty malts that come out as it warms a little. The taste has an orgasmic blend of dry oaky notes and some cobwebs. Also just a hint of sweet pears and apricots. Slightly fruity, but more dry. A slight vinous character that makes this a pleasure to keep drinking. Keeps getting drier going through the glass and it picks up some molasses hints. This complex brew is great in mouthfeel with a little carbonation and a medium body.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a tall off-white head, smooth with thick lacing. There was so much sediment in this bottle, we poured three glasses, the first was crystal clear transparent, the second looked like a westy 12, and the third looked like a mud puddle. I’ll rate on the first glass like people do with dark lord. Lots of spicy hops in the aroma with a sweet dark fruit and almost woody smell to it. Taste is very dry, light spiciness throughout. Caramel apple start with a well balanced smooth taste. Lots of complex malts and very crisp hops.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Very complex beer. It was tough to get used to. The taste is very sweet with raisin and malt being the most dominate characteristics. Great, but a bit too sweet. The aroma is a bit sweet also, but nice. Good spices in the aroma. I will rate this for now. However due to the complexity, I need to try it again.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Deep clear red with a lasting off white head. Sweet raisiny, fruity,spicy taste that hides the alcohol well. One great beer worthy of its 100 score.
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark red and a little cloudy, has a huge thick and creamy head. Aroma is sweet with notes of suger, toffee and dark fruits. Flavors of suger, spices and dark fruits.