imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, Pasteurised, 500ml
Chestnut ruby coloured with bubbly head. Toffee and licorice notes with an underlying coffee note in a good thick body. Finishes off with a heavy dry hop. Good for a pasteurised bottle.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with beautyful rocky head with good retention. Aroma is roast and hops, with hints of diacetyl. Flavor is dominated by roasted malt with some caramel and licorice, finishing with a long bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation, but a bit thinbodied.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich mahogany colour with a thick creamy tan head. Aromas of coffee, caramel, rasins, and some vanilla. The taste was a bit unexpected (in a good way) with notes of caramel, vanilla, coffee and a medium sweetness balanced out with a good hop bitterness. A good beer and I hope to try more.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 smokey coffee aromas, maybe a bit of molasses. fairly light mouthfeel bitter finish but the slightest metallic twang at the end which ruins it a bit.
frankenkitty (1990) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a deep red body with a large rocky head. The tan head reduced to a small island which clumped in the middle of the glass, yet laced reasonably. Predominant aromas of wine and rum & dark chocolate. Sour, vinous flavor with a slightly puckering metallic finish. Loved the story of the riggwelted, but this beer didn’t turn me hooves up.
jonas (6479) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brown, off-white creamy head.
Fresh fruity nose, english hops.
Roasted, slightly smoked, berries.
Dry finish, medium to light body
Riggwelter (2) - KNIVSTA, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beer which initially can seem a bit odd...with a burnt, sometimes coarse taste. However, together with a good meal, its flavours turn out to be very tasty. A pleasant beer, suitable for meat dishes.
Stew41 (1885) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darl chocolate brown with good clarity. Stout like nose, some burnt malty notes with a slightly hard edge. Quite light bodied in the mouth, seems like a true cross between a stout and an ale. Very nice feel although the malt does drop off a little. Just lacks a bit of excitement.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark garnet with a sticky off-white head. Sweet malt and toffee, treacle, and coffee in the nose. The body is also a little sweet, but this is rounded out nicely by a good bitterness in the finish. It has mouth-filling flavours of toffee, coffee and toasted malt.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich red color, with a decent head and good lacing. Aroma is very wine-like, sweet malts, dark fruit, and a tad nutty. Flavor is sweet, slightly tart, nutty, grassy, then ends with a porter-ish note. Dry finish. Pretty good stuff.