BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours hazy coppery bronze with a medium-tall lasting foamy off-white tanish head and loads of miniscule bubbles. Oak and cellared yeast aroma, caramel malt not too heavy, with a fruity nose (apple, pear); cookie-like. Honeyed caramel malt and sweet brown sugar flavor, yeast (sweet bread) and medium acidity that does not hang on the palate long; alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Medium body, lightly fizzy and slightly dry, creamy overall mouthfeel.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with a big head into my Piraat tulip. Taste was a little weird to me, with loads of burnt caramel and dry fruit that just didnt meld well together. The alcohol was also very apparent, moreso in any beer that I’ve had, which made for a less than pleasant drinking experience. And for $5/8 oz bottle, this just felt like a total rip.
jsquire (4122) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This 25cl bottle has been in my fridge for about two years, and I’ve been looking for the right occasion to drink it. Well, I’m not waiting anymore, and besides, it’s New Year’s Eve day. It pours an attractive golden amber color and I kept most of the chunks in the bottle. It generated a thin light biege head that lasted as whisps. The nose is mostly of over-ripe bananas, apricots and sweet candi sugar. Lots of alcohol noticable in this beer. Dried fruit (raisin, apricot, apple), burnt sugar, and a little hair spray in the finish. This beer definitley improves as it warms, and must be sipped. Wow, what a big beer, but seems a little harsh.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has robust aroma consisting of a montage of scents. The noise can detect the fragrances of sweet vinegar, apricot, green apple, and a hint of strawberry in the background of this beer. It is a healthy copper colored fluid with a thick off-white head. The tongue is greeted with a sweet infusion consisting of apple, yeast, and butter but those flavors subside to the taste of apricot that lingers upon the palate after swallowing.
oh6gdx (25221) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Strong raisins and alcohol in aroma. Flavour is very nice, toffee, sweet malts, with weak hints of alcohol. Hides alcohol very well. Very complex. A bit too biting carboration for my taste.
muzzlehatch (4615) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 750 ml bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. Light, bright amber with just a touch of head and little to no lacing...quite alcoholic and hot even in the burnt-molasses aroma...plenty of sugar to leaven the alcohol burn, but still this is pretty harsh and the caramel and dark bready yeast doesn’t hold the booze in check...some burning tires here, some meanness, some raunch...it’s a rough one, but I got through it...barely.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle. clear rose-colored with just a few bubbles on top. smelled of sweet dark fruit. Rich malty flavor with just the right amount of alcohol. finsihes slightly dry with some warming. amkes me want more, and thankfully, I pikced up a 4 pack.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Dark & hazy with an aroma of dark fruits. Sweet with notes of hops, coffee, raisins and alcohol. Bitter finish. Would like to try more.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
For some reason this one surprised me, perhaps from the glitzy little bottle, but I really enjoyed it’s elegance, smooth texture, overall balance and warming. It really does not have a signature of anything that stands out in particular, just a pleasant malt sweetness and fruitiness, hops to back it up, some yeast esters. I was very sad that it was only a 8.5oz bottle.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 Clear deep red with a thin white covering and a sweet fruitish aroma. Taste is sweet and malty and the alcohol is there but has a slightly tart finish.