skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 3 oz. sample at Southeastern gatherning. Nice deep red color. Flavor is all up-front with dominance of some of the lighter fruit and honey. There was also a hint of woodiness. The alcohol comes thru in the aroma and throughout. Not as unique as expected, but every bit as good.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured rich and dark with a nice frothy head.Heaviness of fuits, malts and caramel.Alcohol was definately present.The finish on it was clean but did keep my belly warm.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red, earthy color and a nice sturdy head. The aroma is plums and cherries with some malt and yeast notes. Nice, well-rounded flavor and very drinkable for the alcohol level. Complex and a nice mouthfeel. Dry and quenching at the same time.
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colaish brown, big thick tan head. Pears and cherries on the aroma, and a thick yet winey mouthfeel. Fruit flavors up front - pears, apples, cherries, plus some honey. This gives way to earthy, musty finish, althou some fruit flavor persist throu the finish. Very Impressive.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex, fruity brew with hints of prunes and dates; a winey, alcoholic flavor, rich and rather malty, fairly tangy with a brief, lingering tartness. A bit too alcoholic tasting, though very drinkable.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
super chunky copper red body. HUGE chunks. spicy, fruity, leather and alcohol. Phenols are prevalent. smooth and full, alcohol certainly noticeable. surprisingly sweet, ripe fruity finish. well balanced and feels great
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750mL bottle. Pours mahogany with a large, lasting, fluffy head. Enticing aroma of plums and dried fruit, with spicy and yeasty notes. Medium to full body yields a complex array of flavors. Sweet and fruity, wonderfully balanced by spices and hops. A deceptively drinkable, velvety, and flavorful beer. Lovely and delicious.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish brown...excellent head and lacing. Flavor of dried fruit, nuts, caramel, and alcohol. Very well done.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer. Cloudy reddish brown appearance with a nice large tanny head. Fruit aroma dominated by plums and raisins. Sweet malt and caramel taste. Medium-bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol was slightly noticeable. Sweet finish with a bit of spicyness to end it off.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cork Reads: 065/759976 ** I don’t know what the hell that means, batch #?
Exceptionally effervescent! Pours a large rocky camel colored head that sits atop a beautiful fizzy mahogany body, extreme sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass. The nose is pungent with apples, plums, caramel, toffee, peach plum apricot, it’s ridiculous all the fruit I find in this brew!
The flavor has a slightly tart yeasty, balsamic vinegar quality, although it is overall sweet. Notes of molasses, dates, apple and apricot continue to stand out, although I also hit on some woodsy oak and cedar notes. Mentions of cigar; a Claro or Colorado Claro wrap are present. Very complex and fruity, a different yeasty quality than I am accustom to.
The palate is quite sticky, not thin at all. The finish is certainly warming but pleasant as the sweetness shows, yet the 10% abv is well rounded.
I should mention that I had this particular bottle aging for about 6 months and previous to that it was found dusty in a dark corner at a store. I would suspect that this beer has been bottled for a couple years now. But it was far superior to the Abbay des Rocs Amber Ale!