chicagobears (444) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fragrant hops, oak and sweet malts. Has a nice warming alcohol presence. The guy at the liquor store recommended this. So far he is 3 for 3. A complex array of flavors. Taste of blackpepper, carmael, oak wood, dough, and fruit. Has a huge kick of hops. A warm and pleasant sipping beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Cloudy dark orange with a thin layer of small bubbles on the top, rich malts, apples and brown sugar in the aroma. Thick and hot in the mouth, with a light burning in the throat. Starts and ends sweet.
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice amber color, some red hues, and a nice thick and creamy head. The aroma was spicey and malty sweet. The flavor was much of the same. Just couldnít place the spice. Some grapes and vinous tones (but alcohol fairly smooth if really 12%abv) also in the flavor. A slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was moderate.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a label. Aroma is very malty, flowery hops, peppery alcohol. Taste is fruity yeasty and malty, no to much alcohol. Alright but maybe the small bottle didnt help.
vanvenlo (1648) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
7 Mar 2005 - Spiritous pear and dark fruit aroma. Red with a small white head and suds lacing. Lightly roasted orange & spiciness and some malt caramel, with alcohol finish.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 CL bottle: Short lived light beige head on a hazy, medium copper body. Aroma is very fruity and seems a bit aged with a bit of diacetyl and sherry notes on top of the raisiny dark fruits. Light toasty malt and alcohol accompany the fruity esters. Very sherry and almost port like in aroma. Bready malts and a bit of doughy yeast aroma. Well balanced w/ a very fruity flavor. A touch of alcohol flavor, and an herbal/earthy hop flavor in the dry finish and aftertaste. Bready malt flavor throughout along with raisiny fruitiness and a little of the sherry that was stronger in the aroma than flavor. Highly carbonated, medium body, and a bit of hot alcohol which is a slight turn off, but smooth. Overall a pretty good beer, but it seems to lack something for me to be a truly great beer for my palate.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown color with a smal,l off white head that lasted for a decent time and left some nice lacing. Malty aroma with a nice amount of hops and fruit. Their was a mild alcohol smell as well. The flavor is sweet and malty with a caramel like taste, light fruit and mild hops coming through. The alcohol manages to stay very well hidden for the most part, with just a hint coming on at the end. Very nice brew. Good mouthfeel and fairly well balanced.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a taste of very fine aged grape liquors, such as brandy or an armangac perhaps. Rich and full bodied, with a definite sweetness and lots of huge caramel maltiness. Tons of candy sugar and alcohol, but nicely balanced, but just a bit on the over balanced side as it warms. Unique for a BSA
EithCubes (5426) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Red amber pour with a soapy beige head. Sweet aroma, lots of maltiness, fruity (subdued), spicy, and a little funky. Yikes on the taste. It burns! Waaay too alcoholic and sweet for me. Some nice notes lurking in the hinterground, though, wood, smoke, berries, nuts. Heavily spiced, prickly. Really thick, sludge in the mouth. Feels really strange to have this in mid-May, should probably be reserved for the winter months; can see myself enjoying it as a digestiv with some ice cream on a cold, blustery winterís night, but Iím just weird like that.
Tranquillity (1697) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 A wonderful desert beer. Short head, not easily distiguished aroma, fruit of some sort (dark grapes?). To be drunk in small sips, however very addictive. Strong, oily body which hits on the palate. Strong taste of...cognac. The aftertaste is if possible stronger, but diminishes suprisingly quick.