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 (2571) - 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 (383) - 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) - San Diego, 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 (2480) - 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
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark redbrown colour.
Aroma of syrup, chocolate, fruit, alcohol, licorice and a bit of hops.
Falvour of chocolate, alcohol,and pepper. Soft yet sticky palate.
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red body with abundant, rather nasty-looking floaties, giving the appearance of a violent (but productive) trip to the porcelain god. Medium light tan head. Sour, musty fruit aroma with chocolate, spices (perhaps cinnamon?), toffee and lots of bready yeast. The flavor was dominated by dark fruit and not-so-hidden alcohol, bready yeast flavors, toast and maybe a touch of apple. Musty and rather sour, slightly sulfuric. Not the prettiest beer around but it did get the job done.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 2000 Vintage. Drank 11/2004
Okay, Iíve had this beer before a few times and never got around to rating it. All of the times Iíve had it before though the vintage was recent to the year I was drinking it, but then... I found the holy grail. Itís the end of 2004 when I am writing this and I am drinking a 2000 that I found at this ghetto liqour store, discounted to boot. There is little more to say other than this is perfect in every way. Soft on the palate with a gentle carbonation creating an ever-present off-white head. Subtle malty aroma with tons of fruit. Banana, Mandarin and dates, dough and cinnamon to boot. Flavor of all of the above. Absolutely sublime.