SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2003. Small layer of cream colored head on top a mahogany red beer. Has a strong aroma of alcohol and smells similiar to a wine or barleywine. The flavor boasts dark fruit from cherry and plum along side caramel notes. I also found this beer tasting like a tea and having a interesting texture, but not as enjoyable as a actual Belgian strong.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and candy sugar. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Finish seems salty.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
quite a good beer, and it goes really well with a cigar. 2003 bottle. pours out dark brown in color with a very little head that goes away quick. tastes sweet like caramel and plums. a most awesome beer. little carbonation just like every other alesmith ive had (not a bad thing in any way). drank on 12/31 to bring in the new year. this was an exceptional bsa, but not as good as abbaye des rocs :)
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 2004 version (I assume since it does not have the 2003 on the bottle like in the picture). Had this with New Years Eve Dinner and though it did not go particularly well with anything I liked it. It poured a ruby to garnet color with hints of brown. The aroma was sweet and musty, with honey and spice (clove and/or cinnamon), also caught some nuttyness in there. The flavor was sweet and candy like with spices (clove &/or banana) a bit of a honey taste with nuts and dominant Belgian yeast. Body was medium and lingering. Iíve got another one of these that I think Iíll age for a year or two. Weíll see how it holds up.
Just had the second bottle for new years 2005/2006. WOW, what a transformation. I did not take notes on this but had it for dinner with friends. Everything had rounded out and the flavors were more subtle, but most enjoyable. Everyone found this to be delicious (unlike the previous year where the crowd was split). Iíll have to get more, age it, and do this again. Iíve upped the flavor score by one as a result.
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - DEC 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cherry malt nose that is sweet and strong, dark orange-brown color, fizzy head. Wow, is this a foamy beer. Full bodied with hints of cherry, vanilla, and lots of yeast notes. Sophisticated and complex blend that is very successful. Excellent.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 vintage. Poured a bit hazy, lots of fruit in the aroma and flavor. I was quite disappointed by the mouthfeel, it felt very thin for such a high alcohol beer.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 2006 Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a large off white head. Aroma is spicy, bready, yeasty, with some light alcohol. Flavor is huge with yeast, fruit, vanilla, and some other stuff that is really great. Love this beer. Palate is extremely soft and delicate, alcohol is very well hidden. This stuff is subtle and wonderous. Thanks Peter.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a rather interesting beer. It has a light and sweet aroma to it and a rather sweet and caramel, malty flavor to it, with a hint of the bubble gum flavor that most belgiums have. This is a solid beer, but in my opinion, a little below par compared to Speedway.
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another JoeVee treasure :-) Amber color, small head.Malt and yeast taste and nose. Alcohol is intense but nice. As it warms up the nice roasted malt comes through and lasts long. Nice spicey finish.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As much hype that is spreading around about the alesmith lineup, I was expecting this to "Grand Cru" to have me tearing up... Not even as much as a whimper... but it wasnít bad.. just not what I was expecting