nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Clear amber color with some very slight sediment. Smells are overwhelming, sweet caramel, evident alcohol, slightly pungent, grains. The taste is sweet and biting, with a bitterness that lingers in the mouth. This is rather light tasting for its alcohol percentage, and not nearly as spiced as I had remembered.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 25 cl] Cloudy amber color with a thick and creamy tan head. Very sweet and complex aroma of fruit, nuts, grain, malt and yeast. Very sweet taste as well. It begins with a sweet nutty and malty taste that gives way to a very alcoholy and fruity middle with a warm and spicy finish. Warms on the way down.
Lunkie (1579) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stong hop spice complex aroma with sweet nuts and fruit. Clear red amber colour with excellent head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with hops and nuts. Smooth palate.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is deep amber with a nice thick tan head...smell is caramel, some hops (grapefruit and pine), and alcohol...taste is sweet and fruity...sweet and warm taste...sherry for sure...dark fruits and cherry...alcohol is there toward the finish...not bad at all...by far the best Bush Iíve rated so far...
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
HUGE aroma! Brilliant amber color with some sediment. Very stable head, full body, extremely viscous. Very sweet, warming, spicy, jammy, sherry(?). Not a beer to be taken lightly. More assertive and medicinal than Bush/Scaldis original.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,25 l bottle, snifter. Muddy honey-brown colored beer with a frothy and off-white head. Head is not so great in the lasting/sticking to things department. Even a few months of sitting upright and a careful pour yielded more yeast than Iíd like to be present for an initial rating. Hot caramel, honey, toasted rye bread, cracked pepper, toffee, anise, tawny port, and pecans...all very well integrated. However thereís a not entirely unpleasant alcohol aroma that seems to run roughshod over the other smells at times. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter finish. The alcohol is much less nice in the flavor (mid-shelf vodka). Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: it has some decent hoping for a Belgian Strong, but the alcohol is just a bit much, and with a great deal of aging that might drop out, but then where would the hops be? You wanna know what this makes me think of? Belgian Barleywine. Yeah.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice copper brown with a quickly dissolving head. Smells of nutmeg and carmel remnescent of holiday cheer. And this thing would turn your cheeks rosey read. I have had other high alcohol beers in this range, but this one is similar to the Russian tradition of pouring a shot of vodka over a nice cold beer. Just not that decent.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber reddish colour with a dense off white head. Malty caramel sweet aroma with vanilla and alcohol notes. Malty fruity and sweet flavor and a balanced alcohol finish.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice fluffy off-whit head. full bodied malty sweet begining with slightly dry spicy finish. a satisfying belgian, not sure why i am drinking this in the middle of May, but it is still good.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful dark amber with a fairly small head, hazy with a lot of sediment. Extremely complex with flavours ranging from walnuts to chocolate. Very full body with the alcohol present and warming for the long, cold winter nights....A great experience, and THE beer to spice any boring family Christmas-dinner. 071193