Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with red tones. Small filmy head, spotty lacing. Citrus aromas. Oranges. Alcohol. Roast and caramel malts. Yeasty. Flavor is more malty. Bitter hops and yeast flow in after the malts. Spice and alcohol warm the stomach. Really warms the stomach. Alcohol isn’t all that hidden. Spices linger on with a warm finish of bitterness and malts.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/1/04. Poured out of 33 cL bottle, shared with friends at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 9/1/04. Pours a dark amber brown, very hazy. Dense fluffy head that lingers pretty well. Not much lacing after the very first moments. Lightly sweet nose, almost like a Scotch ale, very little alcohol on the aroma. Moderately caramelly and fruity. Lovely caramel rum cream taste with a touch of alcohol, finishing with a bit of a warming rush and a touch of butterscotch. Very full and velvety body. Finish sort of falls off, long but very faint. A touch tinny on the back, but still quite nice overall. Big and badass. Quite my style. But it's a bit rough around the edges.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: A rose gold color with a significant amount of carbonation. Pours a fluffy white head with good retention and a creamy, clingy lace.
Aroma: Fresh, fruity (like peaches or apricots), and caramel, but a presence of tartness
Taste: A sweet start (almost syrupy) with a strong presence of alcohol, some tartness, and a dry finish that lingers well after the last drink.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied with the high alcohol content showing through.
Comments: A very dynamic beer. The initial taste is very sweet and almost syrupy with a significant presence of alcohol and a warming sensation. It has an interesting complex combination of sweet, dry and tangy flavors, that evolve as the beer warms. Drinkability is low, because it is so intense.
Hansen (6888) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2004
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
A dissapointment. Lots of alcohol, too much alchol. Waiting for the spice?? None! Lots of malt? No! Just plain alcohol.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very clear copper brew nice creamy head and just a few bubbles.Has the aroma of some Jolly Rancher candy,very sweet but also floral which makes it seem not candy sweet.Sheeeezzz,Like alcohol??almost overpowering.Some of the sweetness helps to hide the ABV a little.This is a good Big Beer.Has a good finish which the alcohol fades fast and the sweet candy floral flavor is left in its place.
trigeek (9) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty copper/amber colored with a thick white head. Definite hints of belgian candy sugar and perhaps some biscuit malts. Full flavor masks the high abv
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy-amber, big head. Great aroma; honey, port, amber malts. The flavor, however, was bland and a bit of a letdown. This could really use some alcohol-bite, or stronger malts, or hops, or...something!
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled: this one pours copper brown with a rocky off white head. nose of malt and sugar mostly molasses and brown. mouth is the same lots of sweet dried fruit in the palate of raisins and prunes. thick chewy feel with some heat. sweet alcohol kick in the end. not as good as i hoped. go on with your sorry self.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It was time for rating 100. I wanted it to be one that I has a particular fondness for. I went through my old notes and found this gem. I had it back in 2001 in Brugge, Belgium at the Brugse Beertje (I think I spelled it right). If you ever find yourself in this city just find Kemelstraat and go to this pub. All will be made clear....Daisy will make sure of it! Pours a dark brown with a strong reddish hue. Strong alcohol and fruit aroma. Definite citrus fruit scent. Possibly orange or tangerine. Candyish notes also. Sweet overall taste. Can barely taste the alcohol considering this is 12% by volume. Expected this to taste much stronger. Finishes with a bitter but dry sweetness. The alcohol lingers a little longer. Wonderful beer, overall. Definitely worth trying. Wish I could get it over here on a regular basis.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Because Adolphus’ kin are litigious toward any name that wanders near to theirs, we call this, the Belgian "Bush", by another name. And "Scaldis" does a remarkable job of describing the heat and burning fury of this brew.
12% ABV, judicious 8.5oz. bottle. Color is an odd, smoky, off-orange/dirty brown. Big, thick, creamy white head. Aromas of heady spices, sea-foam, soap, shrimp, slight fruit, but fairly dry overall. Massive malt buttresses an army of hops, huge but tasty assault on the tongue, fortified by alcoholic warmth. Heavy mouthfeel, full, lush texture, a dizzying sensation. Too much, too soon, and you’ll be dumbstruck, friends, for the hops and the booze do a drumroll on your frontal lobes. Oh, it’s a doozy!This is for slow sipping, and any guzzling will inch you quickly into inebriation. To continue to describe this beer’s effect is to describe drunkenness. Fruitiness comes through in the middle --apricots, peaches. A hot, strong, yet tasty, ale that must be drunk to be understood.