SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Oct, 2003:
Long alcohol burn completely destroys my enjoyment or appreciation of this beer. [2.2]
May, 2004: Bottle. Filtered, but not pasteurised. BBE Jan, 2006. Brewed in Belgium. 250 ml bottle.
This was a taste-off against <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=711&FanOfID=4383>C Special Brew and <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=1434&FanOfID=4383> The Bush won, and did considerably better than my initial tasting.
Bush has been brewed since 1933 and is the main product of the Dubuisson brewery.
Amber coloured with a thin penicillin cluster off-white head. Similar aroma to the Special Brew, but stronger, with more of the musty oxidised notes. Some candi sugar notes emerge with hints of barley sugar; eventually pear drop come through quite strongly.
The taste is warm, with fruit cake and toffee as the main flavours. Darkly sweet - with a warm embracing bitterness
in the finish. As beer settles and warms the toffee emerges and the finish diminishes, becoming slightly rough.
There isn’t that big a difference between this and the Special Brew in terms of flavour profile, though the Bush does have better qualities all round.[3.4]
September, 2007 250ml bottle from Asda. Initially the sweetness and warmth is pleasant and encouraging, but the plastic notes, and the alcohol eventually take their toll. This is certainly a sipping beer to take in very small doses. Hints of toffee, but on the whole this behaves more like a strong lager than an ale, though I think the brewery do claim this to be top-fermenting. There are pleasant flavours here, but there are also unpleasant flavours - and filtering it takes away any potential character. In the end it’s simply a strong beer - though less aggressive than many at this strength. [2.9]
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 2003 bottle. Pours a cloudy deep amber-red, mahogany and auburns in there. Good lasting white head. Smell is sharp, some citric notes, alcohol, lots of sweet caramel. Flavor is bold, assertive and strong. Lots of alcohol, dark, lush fruits reminding me of Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru, but a succulent caramel malt is felt in the middle, sweetening things up considerably. The finish does a 180 and dries out completely, getting moderately astringent, quite sharp and bitter. It really dosent need this much alcohol, though the complexity is nice, lots of esters, fruits, bananas, spices (cinnamon, clove). Pretty good stuff.
Kodos (200) - USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a medium, lasting head. Nose is sweet, plums. Sweet friut, plums, then the 12%alcohol turn on strong but pretty chewy. Finishes sweet slightly bitter. Good all around but the alcohol really dominates.
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
El aroma es suave y con aroma a malta,muy alta graduacion (12%) muy buena cerveza, como toadas las belgas ;)
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is sweet and malty; cloudy, medium-amber with a long-lasting head; nicely smooth and thick; initially sweet, then the taste turns to alcohol with just a slight amount of bitterness - unfortunately, the alcohol dominates
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Powerful stuff. Amber, big white head. Malty, sweet, alcoholic nose. Full mouthfeel. Flavour is initially slightly fruity, then sweet and malty balanced by the alcohol and the medium bitter finish. Chewy seems like a good word (in a positive sense)...
FROTHINGSLOSH (4943) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 I have a weak spot for this beer. I have had the draft only a handful of times but loved it and I have had the bottle a number of times. +++ Sampled from an 8.48 oz bottle this beer pours a very cloudy rich bronze color with a large tan head that lingers and produces great lacing. The aroma is sweet table sugar, yeasty and with elements of spice and pear, apple and faint apricot. The flavor was sweet, tangy,malty and lightly yeasty with a hint of apricot. Medium length sugary and fruity finish. Thick and full bodied. The alcohol is very well hidden especially for how strong it is. Excellent.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What's the deal with the tiny bottle? I want a larger serving of this please! Malty and alcohol at the finish - reminded me of a good tripple. This looks great - nice head, glowing body, slippery lacing all over the place. Give me a 750ml of this and leave me alone for the eveing. happy happy beer.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 nice orange-amber rich malt, slight caramel with spicy alcohol, and some fruity yeastiness. flavour is sweet rich malt, firm peppery alcohol warmth with passionfruit and apple yeast in the background. some flavours reminicent of a peaty whisky. Very spicy dry finish
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange in color. Fluffy head. Nice beer. Nice carbonation. Aroma is fruity. The alcohol is not sharp. Good sipping beer.