Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and drinkable. Reminds me of an english barleywine. Toffee, Rasin and Maple flavors, some sherry in the nose but very little in the way of fermentation characteristics. Warming and rich, this was a great beer to curl up with one one of the final days of winter. Lots of particulate matter in the bottle.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well done soft and complex while hiding the 12%. Rich maple and pralines with a touch of grassy ho resin. Somewhat bready and creamy with a semi-sweet candy note. Clean and balanced.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly clear brown/burgundy with a few particles, a sizzling off-white head that disappears quickly. Tangy, rather sweet nose with oranges, some yeast,alcohol, hazelnuts. A bit too effervescent. Flavor is sweet and nutty, with caramel, mild tobacco, warm alcohol and a light bitterness. A strong, uncomplicated, but satisfying beer.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somehow I was able to try this on tap in antwerp. An amazing brew that poured an amber hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of spice and dough. Flavors of the same but with a richness that warmed me up. Very smooth.
pilsnerrogge (2588) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber coloured with a huge head. Marzipan aroma with a little bit of caramel. Rich, sweet and peppery flavour.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark caramel with a thick, frothy tan head. Big malty nose full of caramel, prune, apple, orange peel, alcohol, toasted grains, licorice, peach skin, whole-grain bread and a touch of treacle pudding. The body is big, full and warm. The flavors are well crafted with the toasted grains, evident hops and warm alcohol keeping the sweet malt from becoming cloying. The finish is warm and long. Probably the best Bush beer Iíve ever head.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best thing about this one is the body. Thick and syrupy, without being cloying. Surprisingly light body considering the alcohol content. Also surprisingly flavorless. Rich, but just a little boring.
badgerben (4559) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange/brown color with a tall head. Great bread dough and malt aroma. Oooo... itís almost like drinking a loaf of delicious bread, although my bread has never had this much alcohol in it. Slightly spicy and floral. Damn tasty.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bronze colored appearance with a slight haze. Attractive, dense, off-white head that disappeared too quickly but left nice lacing. Mildly spiced, sweet malt aroma. Sweet, but not cloying, taste with hints of soft fruit. Noticable hop bite; modestly carbonated. Long lasting semi-dry finish.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper. Aroma that is reminiscent of walking into a flower shop which also rents space to an independent perfume stand, along with rich malts (toasted bread, caramel, toffee) and herbaceous hops. Big, chewy malts bring forth loads of fruit and caramel while the hops are fairly profound as well contributing a flowery, spicy, herbaceous blend. Strange and complex I suppose.