j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from alexdad in the mystery swap. Bottle is from batch 8877. Pours a rich brown with a medium sized creamy mocha head that. Light hints of smoke, maple, toast and toffee, root beer. Medium bodied and super sweet. Tons of syrup, sweet fruit, root beer, dark roasty flavors. A big pile of flavors going on here. Really interesting. Finishes with more sweet toast and dark fruit, root beer, roast, and a big warming alcohol note that hits quickly but then vanishes into subtle chocolate and vanilla.
jtclockwork (6220) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle thanks to MSante79. Pours cola brown. Nose of soy sauce, fig, plum and dates. Taste of wasabi ginger, fig, plum, dates and soy sauce. Nice mouthfeel. Unique and interesting.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of tbd975. The 2005 vintage brew poured deep clear amber with tan head. The aroma is sweetness with a mild level of ripe cherries then a descent load of caramel, some mint leaves, earthiness, herbal, a bit of pine, berries, ginger and rosemary. Wow. The aromatics are all smooth and blended creating an inviting-enticing nose. The taste starts sweet turning caramel candy and seems to turn berry-cherry sweet. Some of the herbal spice notes noticed in the nose are there too but more subdued. I get pine mixing with ginger, mint and a hint of rosemary. The taste is as smooth and blended and delicious as the nose led onto. Very nice.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 díorge 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.
HogTownHarry (5906) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz dated 2004). Via trade with Pailhead. A 11% Spice/Herb/Vegetable? Cool! Poured a very deep murky rust-copper with a decent foamy beige head, kinda odd colour, but I like the look of it. Day-um, thatís a nice aroma - rich toasty malt, alcohol, resiny hops and sweet spices (cinnamon? others?) - really appealing. Taste is ... wow, nice and spicy, I WISH I knew what those are - cinnamon or ginseng, cardomum/num (whatever), lots of fall/winter warming/mulling type spices anyway, plenty of boozy malt and enough resiny hops to give this a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very astringent , mostly from the alcohol I think, fairly thick and creamy - hell, Iíll say it - this is a spiced barleywine, some woodiness has emerged with aging and itís smooth as silk ... high octane silk. Thanks a ton for sharing this one, K! My ears are still warm ....
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is murky medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (molasses), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of alcohol, sherry, oregano/sage, and lemon peel. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic. Spicy, but dull in overall effect. Did nothing for me, but then again I'm not as big a fan of Bells as most.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottles, thanks to mibirder and SS, dark ruby brown with slight tan foam, aromas of cherry, caramel and some green spice, flavors of honey, caramel, basil, mint, nice lasting finish
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: An oxidized, overly sweet and overly spicy burgundy ale. Bad
How: Bottle 12oz, age unknown (1 to 2 years of age probably). Split three-way, thanks to the Trois-RiviŤres lover boys
The look: Dark burgundy-brown body with almost no head
In long: Nose is oxidized (wet cardboard), spicy, minerals, sweetness and overall just plain off. Taste is syrupy, thick caramel, too much spiciness, molasses, oily toffee, cardboard. Very sticky mouthfeel. Was the bottle too old or was it just not my type of beer. I donít know but one thing is certain I didnít like this bottle. Anyway, I think having a tasting in the middle of a the Soirťe Des Brasseurs 2011 party was not such a good idea and the day after I filled for dignity bankruptcy.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to mwsf for bringing this one to pilsen. 2006 bottle, sampled in 2009. poured a murky brown with a purple tinge and a persistent beige head; a weird aroma of prunes, malted milk and buittered popcorn; strangely reminded me of tinned fruit with plenty of molasses and burnt bitterness reminiscent of the expedition stout. bizarro, a real experience to drink a bottle of this
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Thanks brandon. Pours cloudy ebony with caramel edges. No real head or lace. Black olives, meat, and cola on the nose. Sticky thick low carb body. Meaty, olivey, cola rich mid palate. Long sticky olive mid palate. Delicious and complex.