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 itís 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.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells sour, alcoholic, sweet and plump raisin. Looks a full brown with a fine, tiny eggshell head, and leaves nice lacing. Tastes like usual scaldis, very strong alcohol, multiple malts, with a finish of hoppiness and a full mouthfeel. Has a flavor and finish almost of a scotch or bourbon liqour, dry and hot. I taste very little fruitiness, the alcohol really dominates this beer. Oh, wait. It gets better as it warms up. A nice vanilla-yogurt-berry sweet flavor is coming through, and the alcohol is receding a bit. Make sure not to serve this one too cold. Not my favorite but definitely in the low 3 range.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cool little bottle. Murky, ruby body with a good sized creamy biege head. Sweet, dark fruity aroma. Some alcohol scents. Fruity flavor with a nice little tangy bite. Full bodied malts, fruits and allcohol. The 12% can be detected throughout but does not take anything away from this beer. Couple of these during the holidays and youíll be feeling nice. Enjoyable beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color. Sweet and very malty. Some cherry and light spice. Flavor was sweet and fruity. Thick malt. Full body and very warming. This is good for a cold night.
Nekronos (3737) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 Veyr good, it was my new record in alcohol percentage, but it was sweet and not tiring. Very good aroma.
HenrikSoegaard (11074) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Bottle 0.25 L. Big disappointment, one an average beer. Creamy fair mostly lasting head. Wonderfull dark amber colour. Week to no aroma. Much too alcoholic flavor. Long finish. Much too carbonated for a belgian strong ale.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours opaque orangish brown with a whitish fizzy head which fades quickly. bready, malty aroma with some alcohol present. very rich in flavor. noticeable fruitiness, chocolatey, and noticeable alcohol. Very rich mouthfeel balanced by a wonderful hoppy, dry finish. Alcohol is noted throughout this brew, but at 12% - no fault. This is an excellent wintertime warmer.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/23/05 small bottle @ golden rail. Poured a very muddy red color with a very thin head. Nose bursts with grapes and kinda of a very sweet dessert wine. Flavors are also of grape and the 12% is hardley noticed. Fig or grainy feel throughout the brew. Nice beer that I was very happy to have tried.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 cl bottle. Clear amber body with a modest, silky off-white head. Smell is sweet and worty with elements of brandy, maple syrup, wood, and caramelized fruit. Flavor is sweet and warming with nice malty depth bringing notes of molasses, brandy, sweet caramel, and a touch of smoke. Pleasant and tasty as a slow sipper.