madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very reddish brown with a very thin, wispy head. Aromas of dark fruit, toasted nuts, caramel, vanilla extract and some spice. Very complex and lots of alcohol. Initial taste impression is of sugar and lots of it. More malt, chocolate, caramel etc. It almost feels like a fruit juice, a little heavy and syrupy. I like the taste and aroma, but I just can’t dig the mouthfeel.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangish brown body with absolutely no head or lacing. Aroma is sugar, caramel, and fruits galore... from plums to peaches. Still, alcohol dominates all of this. Flavor is the same, and I was really let down. It doesn’t have the huge malt base a few other beers like this have had (Southhampton Grand Cru, Avery’s Beast) and didn’t come off as complex. Alcohol was always there taking away from this. This beer’s body is like a lot of women I’ve met. The alcohol is there, but the body is just not what I wanted.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl bottle. Amber colour with a small head. Aroma of yeast, candy, malt and caramel. Flavour of candy, sweet malt, yeast and sugar. Ends up with a really heavy and fantastic mouthfeel.
jrob21 (2770) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Dhlesq for hooking me up with my first alesmith brews. This one rocks. Tangy almost port wine tastes predominate. U can smell the vanilla. Tastes of chocolate and wood almost. Smooth well balanced finish. That port taste is tough to control but when you can it makes for a great beer.
Papsoe (25075) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 75 cl) 10% ABV in my version. Ruby red with a small, white head. Complex, vinous, sweetish aroma. Very full-bodied with sweet port-like notes and some fruit. Appears a bit too sweet - actually a bit cloying. Very limited bitterness. 160106
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice mahogony color with no head. Yeasty, plum and some malt in the aroma. Plum/sherry flavors with sweet malt/candy sugar and some yeastiness. Full bodied. Lingering malt/yeast complexity. Hides alcohol well.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. 2003 vintage. Deep reddish brown coloured. Fruity and malty with notes of honey, molasses, caramel and raisins. Sweet with an alcoholic touch. Medium bodied.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Saarlander for the 750ml bottle. enjoyed with some friends on New Years Eve. a solid Belgian style ale. light brown with a tan head, aroma of toasted caramel, chocolate and Belgian yeast, flavor was more of the same with some hints of vanilla and some dark ripe pitted fruit. very smooth and enjoyable.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 On tap @ the brewery. I expected more here. Good, but not great. Candy sugar, doughy malt, and alcohol heat dominate. A little flat.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Alesmith. Pours a hazy tawny port color without much head. Upon smelling the glass, I was taken away by yeast, fruity esters, and a delectable sweetness. Tasting this beer was truly a pleasure. It was chewy and thick with plenty of roasted malts, bread, chocolate and maybe some figs.