vanvenlo (1775) - 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 (5618) - 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 (1860) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - 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.
PorterPounder (7333) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Rerate 2nd try at this one - Solid but boring, very nice appearance though with a long lasting creamy head and a bright orange pour. Original 3.2 Blue Max Liquors, Burnsville, Mn. - tiny 25 cl bottle. Pours a bright, medium copper with a thin, but creamy white heady that sticks around for awhile. Barely there aroma, brief hints of molasses and olive oil. Flavor has a touch of candied sugar, some Christmas spices, alcohol. Mouthfeel is a but cluttered. Just a tad underwhelmed with this one.
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours amber wuth a beige head. Aroma of wood, citrus, fruit, belgian spices. Flavor is citrusy, carbonated, sweet, fruit, yeast, and a slight bitter finish.
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 25 ml Bottle. Pours a very beautiful amber brown with a very smooth tannish white head. The aroma is quite spicey with hints of wood grain. The flavor at first taste is somewhat heavy with fig, sugar, and yeast, which goes into a very heavy alcohol finish. You can definitely taste the 12% ABV in this Scaldis. Has many hints into the world of brandy, while still retaining a good Belgian strong ale flavor.
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 25cl. Very festive bottle/label. Amber colour with a good tan head and a nice lacing. Aroma of malt and spices, somewhat dissapointing. But flavour is excelent with notes of caramel and coffee, very powerful and strong but the alcohol is never overwhelming. The palate is smooth and finishes just like an old brandy. A very good beer for cold winter nights.