grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber. Head that comes and sort of sticks around. Nose: caramel, barley, beef stock and concord grapes. Flavours are tasty, much crier than the nose. All in all like a belgian barley wine.
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange with tiny suspended particles. Thick head and some lacing. Sweet fruit and alcohol aroma. Very smooth, slightly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden until the finish which is a long zesty alcohol rush that runs for a full minute before the goose bumps subside.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber body, huge surprising off-white head, surprisingly very long-lasting and leaving nice lacing. Big potent alcohol vapours emane from the glass (and more and more as it warms). Flowers and dried fruits (apricots) alike. The palate is generally rather dry instead of the sweet and alcoholic typical big belgian I expected. It strikes me as zesty, bready, very alcoholic and hoppier than I thought with a big flowery and almost grassy hop profile that leads into a long bitter and spicy (cloves) finish. Nevertheless, this is too big for me and just so warming that it’s somehow hostile after half a bottle, very hot. Big full body providing mouth-coating heat, very high carbonation.
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong heavy beer, with lost ao malts in aroma, quite fruity in taste, alchol warming in the mouth, soft hopbitters.
In my opinion to heavy fot a so called amber
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was expecting more, perhaps that’s my main beef. Body was just a bit thinner than I expected. Decent middle of the road ingredients flavor, with a warming spicy alcoholic finish. Noble European hops in there somewhere, almost indiscernable but there is some bitterness, just enough to make the malt not so cloying.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper with a large white head. Banana nose with fusel alcohol notes. Sweet flavor, lots of banana, some hot fusels, bready yeast. Odd bitter finish.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant amber gold, with thick white head. Sweet malt nose, with some fruit notes. Nice and malty, with sweet alcohol that remains concealed behind the rich marshmallow like malt. Some tootsie roll....Delicious!
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber brown, not much in the way of head on this one. Sweet candi sugar (or something similar) in a pleasantly alcoholic aroma with lots of malt. Flavour is very nice, with essentially what you would expect from the aroma. Lots of sweet maltiness. Palate is lighter than ideal but very nice. I was not expecting much and found a lot. With a bit more complexity this would be fabulous. A nice "light" beer to start of a night of summer drinking. Hehe.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: Pours a clear golden orangle color with a thin white head. Decent lacing throughout. The aroma is very nice, a heady mixture of malt, honey and alcohol. Unfortunately the flavor doesn't come close to fulfilling the promise in the aroma. The body is carbonated with a rather Lager-ish character. Peppery alcohol and sweet caramel malt see-saw back and forth throughout. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. This beer was a bit of a letdown overall. Perhaps the (scalding?) alcohol content is to blame, but the beer seems unbalanced and is difficult to enjoy.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured amber in color with a small off-white head. Strong Alcohol smell with aromas of malts, caramels, and butterscotch. Sweet tasting with a bitter finish and a strong alcohol taste (almost overpowering).