jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Reddish color with a tan head. Strong dark fruits, noticeable alcohol, wine, oak, and caramel blend well with the cherries. Sweet, long fruity finish that warms from the inside.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, murky orange-amber, large puffy off-white head. Nose sugary and fruity, cherries, raisins, and apricots. Flavor very malty, brandied cherries, some toffee undertones. Has a nice, long molasses-like finish, dark fruits hang around in the mouth. Bit of chocolate and spiked coffee in the burn, but pretty well masked for 10%. Rich, vinous, and somewhat viscous, not much carbonation but the thickness serves the flavor well. Good stuff.
redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, fruit cake cherries, caramel and slight chocolate. Taste is alcohol, oak, caramel, and chocolate. Slightly syrupy and not much carbonation. A little too sticky for me.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
round pruney aroma, reddish brown with crack rock sized sediment, sticky and loaded with sweet ripe fruits and powerful alcohol, some plum flavors and a slight hint of clove spiciness
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on tap at Hop Leaf in Chicago, 9/7/03. Powerfully malty, cereal aroma wafting off this dark, cloudy ruby number. Flavor is quite sweet, with toffee and caramel notes. A very nice fruitiness as well--raisins, prunes. Some spicy, black pepper hints and a fairly strong bitterness balance things out.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
reddish brown with a nice tan head. aroma of caramel, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Amazing flavor of caramel, toffee, plums, raisins,cherries and chocolate melded together beautifully. mouthfeel is full and delightful. Grand, indeed.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Dark and slightly syrupy in the pour. A very floral and fruity aroma, that I am expecting to be much much more once it becomes the proper temperature. Somewhat of an oak aged taste that is woody and nutty with hints of fruits like raisins and dates predominantly. As it begins to warm, black and bing cherries start to surface, along with carmelized brown sugar followed by an almost coffee cake like essence. A creamy ring of froth and lacing around the edge like a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain. An alchohol feel, not in the taste but definitely in the body, when you stand up too quickly after drinking this 10% offering. Very strong and very tasty with fragrant floral fruit aromas throughout. The finish is sweet like warm maple syrup.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 75 cL bottle, tulip glass. Deep red-brown body comes with a large, lasting, tan, creamy head. Earthy, cobweb yeast; flowery, herby hops; caramel, nutty malts. Butterscotch, red grape, raisin, vanilla, licorice aromas are all present, themost dominant being butterscotch. Heavily sweet flavor, moderately sweet and lightly bitter finish. Medium body has a creamy texture and lively carbonation. The carbonation doesn't interfere with the creaminess, amazingly. Toffee, chocolate, and alcohol work well together in the taste. Reminds me of a very well made chocolate liquore candy. The bottom line is: this is f'ing delicious and does almost everything perfect.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum, Yum... Cold from the cooler, it seemed a bit too tart, like under ripe cherries. After only a few minutes to warm, this beer becomes an amazing treat. Nose is strange yeast and fruitcake (heavy on cherries and topped with raisons) with alcohol making it's presence known. Firt sip is fruity and yeasty, some sours collide with rich, ripe nectarine and pear. Malty in the middle with that tangy cherry taste holding on. Slightly hoppy and nutty at the end. I was left with a yeasty, fruity aftertaste that is powerful, yet enjoyable.
jaymobrown (1609) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Highly desirable belgian strong. Good dark fruit complexities -- plums, pears, bananas, mulled and muted. Some white pepper, perhaps yeast, dough. Amazing as it breathes. I did notice the alcohol -- mostly in the nose. It didn't burn or have a negative effect in any way. Nicely played.