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 (1532) - 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.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frosted cranberry/dirty brown body. Very thick, butter cream head that lasts forever. Smells of apples, cinnamon, grapes and lightly of coffee hops. Taste is ripe fruits, the asaid apples with some dates, plums, grapes, caramel and chocolate. Taste is also more bitter with both vegetable and coffee hops. Alcohol is there but just average. Not too sweet either which is nice for the style. A little watery though, not sure what thats about. Still a tremendous beer I was lucky to pick up at Norm’s in Vienna, VA in the 750ml bottle.
Dorqui (2156) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1174) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found this gem in a small store in the city of Morioka, about a three hour drive south of here. A deep brown, dark chocolate color with a massive thick, light brown head. One of the most impressive looking beers I’ve had! Thick sedimentation with "floaties" swimming throughout the glass. What an aroma, fantastic....like some type of exotic plum based asian dessert. Both sweet and tart with the alcohol hidden deep beneath the complex flavors. A stunning brew.
JonMoore (2052) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber coloured with huge beige head. Aroma is brown sugar and malt, fruits and caramel, and liquorice... complex; in a very good way. Taste is great. Sweet, malty, dark fruits, slightly roasted. Very nice on the palate, smooth with a hint of wood in the finish.
flemdawg (554) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally popped this one open after almost a year in the mini fridge. Shared this with walleye. Thin tan head atop a mahogany body that was filled with yeasty floaties, and some cork pieces that I picked out prior to consumption. A candy aroma, much like a sweetart, and also cherries, malty carmel, and alcohol as it warms. Sweet fruit taste up front followed by an almost baking chocolate type bitterness. Thrown in for good measure was some earthy woody(maybe corky) flavors and hints of alcohol all around. The year in the fridge didn’t hamper this beer a bit. Very well done.
AlabastorJones (813) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t see what all the fuss is about, overall quite bland, malty aroma, slight alcohol finish, the flavor is bready and sweet, but kind of like stale bread, like it might make good toast, but it isn’t cuttin it as far as bread goes, and I guess thats how I feel about this Belgian
walleye (1087) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared a bottle with flemdawg. poured mahagony, with a light tan with lots and lots of floaties. aroma sweet tarts, cherries, caramel, malts, semi sweet red wine, hints of hops as it warms hints alcohol. flavor,fruity wine, a nice smooth mouth feel, with a nice touch of bitterness. did get a hint of the wood, a nice hint of chocolate, cherries, malts, honey.