Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ever had a beer many times without realizing you hadnít rated it yet? Yeah, I couldnít believe I hadnít given this one the salute.
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a decent tan head that lasts for a while but doesnít leave much lace.
Aroma is smoky roasted malt.
Flavor is roasted malt with some really dark fruits, and very complex. Smokey with some coffee and caramel notes, too.
Palate is clean yet malty, if that makes sense. Overall, this rocks, but I gotta say I like Salvator better.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 Duvel tulip glass: commercial description, anyone? :o) basically, itís really damn great. smooth and rich, dark and sexy. celebrator, rawr! UPDATE 2/12/05: english pint, room temp. / strong aroma of fig and toffee, glorious dark copper body with only the smallest ruby highlight, massive light tan head that is sparkly, tight, and with a lot of soapy lace, and it slowly, but never fully, diminishes in a rocky and airy manner. yum! primary flavors are smoke, fruit, toffee, and deliciousness. an excellent brew! (downrated flavor and overall.)
hershiser2 (1423) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, thick, rich beer: Hints of a sweetness buried deep down. Appearance: reddish brown- more brown, with a nice head. Malty molasses in the nose, and a cool, slick caramel/coffee taste.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My wife picked this up for me merely for the cool bottle. I sure hope she remembers it because itís one of the best Iíve had yet. From start to finish this is a wonderfully balanced and memorable beer.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big smooth malts, caramel, nuts, balanced perfectly, gets just a little sweet towards the finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful, round, and smooth.
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Celebrating my #100 with a Celebrator... Pours a lovely dark garnet with a think, light tan head; tons of lacing all the way down the glass. Plus, you get a sweet white plastic goat ornament strung onto the bottle that you can hang off your rearview mirror. Aroma is very pleastant with malt, caramel, raisin. Flavor is extra sweet, with caramel, raisins, other fruits, and barely any hops; extremely pleasurable to drink. Yes, itís 6.7% alcohol by volume, but not once would I suspect that from the aroma or flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and rich and silky; I like slightly thicker beers, but if this were any thicker, it would be hard to finish. At almost $11.50 per 4-pack, I went ahead and got just a single 12-ounce for $3. A pretty expensive beer that I would drink quite often if it werenít so expensive. Overall, this is a real pleasure to drink, and you can really get lost in this beer.
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer. The mild aroma led me to believe it would have more of a chocolate or coffee flavor, but it had a caramel/molasses taste. Like the description said it had a bit of a smoky dry finish.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 I have been drinking this for about a year now nice chocolate color tan long lasting head nice lacing excellentlacing nice smooth palate coffee and molesses with a slight bitter after taste this brings back fond memories when I was in the Army in Germany in a little town of Illishiem in 1970 sitting in a guest house having a few this is one of the best beers I have had in 30 some years. This is the beer I have been looking for. If there is one better would some one let me know
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter but balanced. Alcohol comes through on aroma and taste. Lovely chocolate brown color, foam, root beer aftertaste. Easy on mouth even with some initial bitterness. Mild roast overwhelmed by malt sweetness. Hint of nuts and chocolate, and pinch of fruit and spices.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with soda bubbles. Huge, head of nicely fashioned bubbles.Smells honey, molasses and toffee. Taste is smooth and rich malt, raisins, alcohol, English hops. Flat tasting, perhaps an old bottle? Donít go to Opera House Gourmet in Old Towne Manassas, VA. They have a small inventory that does not move, dust on bottles, etc. Overall, not bad.