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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Monster of a beer, shrouded in mystery, brewed once a year. This beer is hopped quadruple-strength, and exoticly spiced.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8989) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. First of all, I cannot believe this was 11% alcohol? The pour was turbid deep brown, with a minimal off-white head. The aroma created a multitude of olfactory perceptions....malt, hops, spices, fruit, including melon and prune, cabernet, cognac, and even scotch (definitely some peaty aroma). The taste was malty, hoppy, nice mouthfeel, with a spicy, fruity, hard-spirit element at the finish. Very nice complexity. I noticed many flavors and aromas in this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Off-white creamy head, amber/brown and cloudy body. Very spicy aroma that jumps right out at you. Quite like the LF Holiday Spice with some chocolate and corriander. The flavor adds a noticable hop component that is quite good, and closes with an orange sourness. Slightly creamy and soft mouthfeel. 8 / 4 / 7 / 3 / 14
Rerate from 2004 bottle, 1/17/2006
Nice sour spice aroma. Chocolate. Sour piney corriander. Green spices (rosemary or thyme?). Some unidentifiable spicy cologne. Great. Flavor is big too... chocolate hops. More spice. White pepper. Very smooth, coating mouthfeel, great complexity. I love this.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (32210) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2004
An unclear brown beer with a small disappearing orange head. The aroma is of licorice, pine, and medicin - quite weird. The flavor is dominated by pine but also contains a lot of hops, which gives it a lovely bitter end. The mouthfeel is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11170) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2004
Bottled: Murky amber coloured. Beige lasting head. Chocolate, spices, hops and flowers in the aroma. Resinous, hoppy and light medicinal flaovur. Has a nice mouthfeel. Has a distinct lasting bitterness in the and. Thanks Raindog for the trade.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2004
WCCII: Cloudy dark amber coloured beer with a small head. Malty and spicy aroma. This was an extremely malty and spicy taste shock. A bit over the top but still interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2004
Hoppy, sweet and resinous aroma. Hoppy and rather sweet start. Very creamy and froathy. Caramel and candis in flavour. Strong mouthfeel. Alcohol very well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2004
Cloudy brown coloured. Very complex aroma with pine needles, liquorice, toffee, ginger and other spices. Medicinal and herbal flavour with plenty of liquorice. Very different and interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Good malt aroma. Great hop and malt balance and flavor throughout. Could use a little aging to better blend all the flavors. Finishes slightly dry.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Cloying honey sweetness courted by sedate Thai basil and plentiful dried fruit...Butterscotch contributes to the oily body and is strangely overcome by green hop bitterness...A respectable alcohol burn paints the end of the tongue, as entertainment oscillates from thoughtless delirium to cultivated imagination...

A 3-year-old 2004 vintage presented tons of honeyed sweetness leaking onto alcohol heat and green hop bitterness...This is soooo sweet, it doesn’t seem to have changed that much with the years...I didn’t know what to make of it when I first had it, but now I’m sure this is really not my thing...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
Very dirty brown, totally opaque and wearing a light off-white ring. Aroma is weird and powerful. Biscuity basil, very earthy thailand spices mixture, grassy cherries, cinnamon, rhubarb.... Rather complex and quite well blended in the funky spicy beer category. Sucre d’orge and caramelic malts are also of the fest. Spicy palate, but never agressive, coffee, molasses and caramelic sweet malt profile are easily countered by the hard to believe grassy spices (ginger, basil, cinnamon). It remains very sweet overall, with candyish vinous peaks, but expertly hidden alcohol. Low carbonation, medium to full bodied. As experimental as expected and worth a try or 2, but not a particularly spectacular beer. Thanks to raindog once again.


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