tomxcs (321) - California, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber color with a small, fading head, leaving lots of sticky lace. Toasty, toffeeish, alcoholic aroma, along with raisins, spices, and spicy hops. Very strong alcoholic flavor; however, the alcohol does not detract from the taste. Lots of raisiny flavors also present with a full, sweet maltiness and christmas cookie spices. Burns on the way down, but also leaves pleasant aftertastes. A nice beer that I enjoyed after a night of writing, though very strong (which, I admit, I needed at the time). Could use aging -- but I’m not sure that will cure it from its alcoholism.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Fruity floral hop aroma. Taste is slightly sweet, with notes of mild fruits, strong hops and a strong alcohol burn, leading to a dry toffee finish. The carbonation in the body feels somewhat forced. A decent brew but not very balanced.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A bit darker than it’s sister brew (Bush/Scaldis) with very nice spice overtones. It’s body more than carries its strength, and its flavor makes it a superb winter warmer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orang/Brown Coloring. Big Creamy Frothy Head. Prunes/Raisins, Barley and Rich Aroma. Bread Dough, Rich Malty Tones...Barley and More Prunes and Raisins.. Very Nice.
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Pours orange with lost of sediment in suspension. Very hoppy and beaming with alcohol. Orange juice, vodka, and yeast. Oh my. On a whole; lots of punch, not very round, fun. Not bad.
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 (1114) - 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 (2818) - Finspång, 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.