atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear garnet color with a small kakhi head. The aroma is strong, with fruit viniger, yeast, and roasted smells. A very full feel envelops the mouth. Itís a very bold, strong beer and the high alcohol is definately noticable and remains in the mouth. Roasted, carmel, and a hint of chocolate malts make appearances in this complex and very tasty beer.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Rating number 500!!!). Clear classy brown colour with hints of ruby. Thin and creamy beige head. Powerfull aroma of banana, apples, raisin, alcohol, pepper and port. More pwerfull flavour of yeast, banana, oranges, sugar, honey and apples. Strong peppey alcohol flavour. Strong alcoholic finish with notes of madeira, banana and butter. A tasty beer but those "bomber" bottles is way too big.
Eirikur (372) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird stuff that is. Sweet yet sour. Alot of Wildberries, it has a very nice palate and it lives up the name.
3fourths (8298) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Batch 1 - May 2, 2004
Deep brown with a small tan head. Big aroma of grapes, sweet malts, chocolate and caramel, with some big hops showing up as well... this has a really nice hop aroma, but itís a bit weak early on. More plums, chocolate covered cherries, burnt licorice and sweet apricots. Thick and sticky, a little fizzy, and stunning the mouth with a carbonated shot of alcohol and yeast. The finish coats the mouth with burnt malts, dark chocolate, cherries, plums, butterscotch and more alcohol. Burning throat has a coating of chocolate to sooth it a little bit. Big time acidity throughout the drink... musty bananas, clove, toffee, etc. Stinging bitterness accompanies the alcohol, making this one a great fireside drink. I like it.
Batch 2 - Nov 2, 2004
Iíve heard a lot about batch 2 being hot and young (heh heh), that is tastes and smells like fuel and whatnot. Well I cracked my bottle anyway, as an election night sipper. I admit Iím surprised that it doesnít resemble fuel at all, considering how many bad reviews the new batch has. The color seems lighter than I remember from batch 1, and the nose is full of honey, molasses, pineapple, some sweet, resiny citrus hops, scotch, butter, brown sugar, brown ale malts, with a huge, nose-sticky concoction of malts that just explode up the nose. But seriously, thereís not much alcohol to notice in the aroma, and taste-wise I would guess that batch 2 is about 11-12% ABV, not 18%. Big belgian yeast and candy sugar flavor, a light burn on the back of the throat, with a frothy coating covering the mouth. Sweet, stinging alcohol burn, but thatís something that scores points with this one... donít drink it as a beer, sip it as winter warmer. Good stuff still, though I prefer batch 1.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark burgundy, lots of carbonation. Head not big though, but tan and lovely.
Hints of lactics and acidity in the aroma, which is nice, but I have to penalize it a bit for something that might smell like smoked kipper! That bit didnít work for me...
Flavour of malty wild berries reminded me a bit of a Flemish Sour Ale. Still, this brew felt very american to me, overall, which is fine by me.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yes yes yes!! the aroma is just beautiful, a very complex hoppy aroma blended with a soursness of a flemish sour ale! dark ruby red, with a firm head, lacing. Taste is heavy on the hoppy sife, little sours, with the avarage palate of an american strong ale. This is a delightful, domintant brew, with some kick ass finish.. give me more! thanks to whaleman for this treat
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004-22oz bomber-pours a nice garnet red hue with mild carbonation. very little off white head around rim of snifter. Lots of ripe fruit on the aroma-green apples, belgian candy sugar, yeast esters. So much sweetness. WOW! what a huge flavor. Sticky and viscus palate. The aroma is mild compared to the flavor profile, which is very robust and slightly hot due to the high abv. This could use some aging, but its a definate treat. long smoke tobacco finish. good brew from Avery, but needs some time in the cellar.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, raisin, rum, black cherry, alcohol present. Very port-like taste and mouthfeel. Finished with a sweet cherry taste. Warms up the chest and pipes. Best at room temp. Thanks Ern.
madsberg (10524) - SÝborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Lightbrown dense head. Hops, sweetness, fruit in the aroma. Hops, sweetness, some chocolate notes and spices in the flavour. Really delicious alcahol mouthfeel. The alcahol is initially well hidden, but it pleasantly burns on the palate. Has a balanced bitterness in the end. Really good one provided by Raindog. Thanks.
HildigŲltur (5103) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown coloured. Very fruity aroma. Very sweet and fruity flavour. Some hoppy spiciness. The alcohol is well hidden. Very powerful.