zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice surprise. Good flavor - a fine beer for cold nights.
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown, hazy; great floral malts and coriander, cardamom in the nose; palate is not as flowery, but good malt development, alcohol and slightly hot pepper in the finish.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 30, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heady black pepper and ginger nose amid a deep red-brown, nearly opaque body and tan, lacey head. Lively spiciness, most prevalently coriander and black pepper, combined with a hoppy zestiness, producing a flavor similar to the aroma of burning autumn leaves. Smokey and slightly bitter, this is rather peculiar, but it’ll grow on you.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 29, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper to red with a frothy head. Very spicy aroma, most notable were ginger and black pepper, some hints of lemon. The first sip is overwhelming, mostly musty but once you get over the initial shock its very good. Crisp and malty with a great spicy character.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beatiful reddish-brown opaque color. The aroma doesn’t bring out all the flavors in the beer. The flavor is definitely smokey, however it becomes more subtle after a few drinks. Nice spicey flavor similar to Allagash White comes out especially at the finish.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 4/29/03: 750ml, batch 1, year unknown, but at least 6 months old. Completely clouded old-cider-like brown color (when it get chunky; although no chunks are in the beer) Spicy (smokey sweet) and with a solid malt kick. Damn good but heavy on the palate. Old rating: A bit sweet, but still has a clean taste to it.
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It has a cloudy amber colour with a beautiful creamy head. Nice lace. Smells a bit like disinfectant. Quite fresh and fruity (grapefruit?), slightly sweet. Touch of bitterness in the finish.
Bov (9467) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 13, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice amber colour, fine lace, celery aroma, spicy, floral, sweet, careml, long aftertaste
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zesty and pleasant, but just
a hint of citrus and spice, but
mainly a full malt presence, with
hints at caramel and alcohol.
Very reminiscient of the Celis Grand
Cru, but a shade lighter in body, which
makes it less characterful but more
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2003 This big old bad boy pours an unclouded mahogany with a head that is Titanic in size, creamy in texture, light tan in color as it dissipates the resultant lace a silky covering upon the glass. Do I detect yeast, yes I do, caramel, sweet, fresh and clean, maybe a bit plummish, and even a nice hop floral aroma, a complex nose to be sure. Front is sweet, malt laden and the top middling in the feel to the palate; finish has a distinct hop spiciness, the acidity delectable and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, another keeper from this most spectacular brewery.