Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I did a side by side of two bottles I’d been aging: 2001, 2002
2001-pured deep brown with thin tan head...smelled tart like grapes, cocoa, astringent..tasted rich with a velvety mouthfeel...caramel, quite sweet with mild alcohol...finish quick and dry...this is the one I’m going to rate for numbers...
2002-poured lighter brown than 01, HUGE floaties and LOTS of them...sort of surprised me b/c the 01 had no floaties...smelled much more overpowering than the 01...caramel, nuts, very earthy...much more effervescent than 01...fizzy...sweet finish with sugar...
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sharp and sweet drink from affligem. Ranks better than the blonde. The usual sweet fruit and caramels are here with a sharp aftertaste. Impressive.
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy red with a firm tan head. Cherry yeast aroma. Woody, musty, and earth. Cherry, apple, rasin. Some brown sugar. Some medicine (Cherry cough syrup). Sweet/sour finish. Good but not outstanding.
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 Average double. Flat aroma. Taste of fruit/caramel and spices. Finish dry indeed.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Nice vinous aroma with a hint of caramel and nuts. The pour was solidly carbonated, leaving a minimal but lasting head. The thick, chewy yeast was impossible to keep buried - despite the slow pour. The taste was thin compared to the bold aroma with no real dominant or distinctive flavor. Short finish nicely fitting between dry and sweet.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Some light fruity notes and caramel in the aroma, not much malt, no distinct hoppy aroma. Reddish brown clear-cloudy with-without dregs. Off-white foamy lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with some sweetness, malty, caramel, with yeasty flavor. Has mild dry bitterness to it. Finish is drier, with more chalkiness and watery malty sweetness. After is mild and doesn’t last.
HermanW (1044) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah, nice tasty dark beer.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2004
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown colour with nice big head. Aroma is made up by yeast and malts. Flavor is sweet malts with spices.
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours gorgeous mahogeny with a nice thick tan colored head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is rich with malt and dark dried fruits, i.e. figs and raisins, also light yeastiness and spices. Flavor yield a bit less than the promise of the aroma. Flavors of sweet malt, light yeast, and light spices are present. The finish is dry. This was quite enjoyable.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 A dark undlear red beer with a huge light brown head. The aroma is sweet spicy with coriander being most dominant, but also roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of bread and coriander as well as other spices leading to a slightly dry end.