Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy Orange with a sandy colored head. Grainy, cereal/fruity aroma - Like Rice Chex with a banana. Now, at this point, in the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit that I poured it too cold - some flavors may be muted. Full bodied, with fruit ( plums, raisins) in the initial flavors, as well as some caramel. Finishes with a hoppy, peppery bite, as well as some alcohol heat. as it warms, some nuttines emerges, which is fine; but so does more sugary sweetness and the alcohol becomes a bigger player in the flavor profile. I do not think this is a good thing. Maybe it's just me (likely) but this beer becomes less complex as it warms, with alcohol taking over. However, continuing in the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit that my lips are numb from this beer.
Variety (28) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Difficult to get beyond the alcohol content, which steals the show in terms of the drinking experience. Nice amber colour, although the head didn't hold. Almost whiskey-like attack in the mouth, with little room for subtlety. Overall, a hardness that doesn't incite repeat orders.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich orange, but little head, still quite nice to look at. Caramel and spice scents. Its is sweet stuff, and ripe banana is detectable, some musty corkiness too, maybe I got a bad one. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Not grand, but at 12%, and a decent price, heyyyyy....ones all it takes.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The head is a fine off-white that lasts all the way down the goblet. Colour is a clear amber/orange hue. The nose is of a caramel bready aroma with the level of hop presence light and flowery. The first taste is one of a huge flavour, and you can actually feel it warming all the way down much in the same way as a good scotch. There are elements of a creamy vinous note that finishes quickly and rather dry on the back palate. The cognac shape glass adds to the experience as you hold it in much the same manner and in doing so, warm the latter stages of the beer to further release its aroma and flavour.
shorlin (589) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deeep amber with a nice head. Good initial malt and the nice sharp hop digs through. Secong sniff is totally dry hoppy. Big smackdown alcohol. Pretty good taste, which rounds out things nicely.
Frank (2381) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 Bright and clear amber. Foamy head with a mix of large and small bubbles. Rings of lace. Strong aroma--banana, sort of tutti-fruity with a nice whiff of booze. Syrupy sweet mouthfeel. A little bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Not super complex but tasty and huge. Watch out!
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear light amber, copper coloured beer with a small head. Fruit and alcohol aroma. The large alcohol content is obvious when tasting. It is not disturbing just a fact. Fruity, bitter taste. It has almost a "snaps" aftertaste where the alcohol is burning in your mouth. Personally I would not drink one myself but I would enjoy sharing one. I will give my wife the rest.
RichardGretton (4176) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber beer with a good frothy head, and a very strongly alcohol/fruit aroma. The flavour is malty with a very strong alcohol finish. Overall pleasant enough for such a strong beer.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
malty nose, strong, lightly alcoholic, light fruit, a bit toasty with some mild candy. initially large air pocketed head. really large and lasting. malty, balanced alcohol, candy. spritzy and toasty. decent
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very large, matly beer. Almost reminds me of delirium nocturnum, just bigger & w/more spice.