TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of spices, alcohol, fruit, gingerbread. Quite spicy. Apricots also seem to come out as it warms. Pours a cloudy orange-brown, thin head, large yeast floaties. Sweetness in the flavour, muted chocolate. Mustiness in the finish. The strength is in the smoothness. Well balanced, lively mouthfeel. Above average, but overrated at the 100th percentile.
Lunkie (1486) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral Armona with dark golden colour and wonderful head. Chocolate flavour with hints of malt and fruit.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
So this is the Rocs... Well well...
Nice reddish amber color, very fine frothy white head. The nose is spicy and sweet. Same is the flavor, candied fruits too. The body and mouthfeel is mediocre i think, nothin special there... But the Rocs is a pretty cool beer!
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours deep amber, a reddish copper color.   Head is off-white, large, and very frothy.   HUGE flakes of yeast floating about.   Super sticky lacing.   Cloves, corriander, candi-sugar, and spices on the nose.   Very inviting!   Up front I get a creamy mouthfeel, subtle hints of pitted fruit, cherries, slight caramel, a tad bit yeasty too.   Good body, good mouthfeel, but at the end I get a strange basement/musty aftertaste.   While not bad, I dont really look foward to the finish.   Still, its one to definitely seek out.   OH, and the 9% is very well hidden.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Pours with amedium head, brown color with a lot of yeast sediment. Nice aroma of alcohol, burnt caramel and spices. Enjoyable flavors of alcohol, roastiness and spices. Great beer.
Kodos (205) - USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with a large long lasting head. Flavors are cherry, orange, sweet wine, slightly chocolatey, almost no evidence of alcohol. Just right. Finishes sweet with a slight mustiness. Overall highly recommended yet again!
Sammy (9072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A wine-like finishing beer. Excellent. One mate wanted more aftertaste. Orange brown. Complementing mix of Hops and malts and spicy cinammon works and worth paying for. Buy the right glass for this classic. Orange and candy sweetness. Alcohol basically hidden.
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
065/759976... Poured a ruby color with a large off white head and lots of lacing. Yeasties floating around. Musty old dried fruits, caramel, red wine, and just a bit of alcohol in the aroma. Chocolate, caramel, and cherries taste had a soft mouthfeel. This was beautiful.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Bottle pours a clear cherry red with a monster head and cobweb lace. It looks great. The aroma is yeasty, malty, and fruity. Wow, the flavor is so well balanced. The flavor is vanilla, candy sugar, spice, light chocolate, and just perfect. The palate is cleansing and rich, but not anywhere near being sticky or thick; in fact, it is very refreshing - even at cellar temperature. The alcohol does not show in the flavor. Overall, this is one of the finest beers I had had the pleasure of tasting! I will get more.
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a most agreeable odour. almond roca, vanilla, brandy, malt, candied orange peel. taste=mellow munich malt and sweet orange, finishing silkily with vanilla and more orange peel. sorry i couldnt get past the orange peel as you may have noticed. more similar to cointreau than beer. less fullbodied than i expected, but smooth and malty enough. maintains a delicate balance of orange and chocolate right throughout. not realllly what i hoped for, but motel assures me that every bottle he's had is completely different so i hope i get a slightly less orangey one next.