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.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a nice cream colored head. Fruity aroma with malts. Date/fig/cherry notes with a hint of tartness. Alcohol and malt flavors - again also some fig and date and yeastiness. Alcohol and plum/date flavors lingering. High carbonation. Couldnít decide how I really felt about it while drinking it.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. cloudy orange with a small white head. aroma consists of grassy grains, pears, and biscuit bread. it has a very hot gasoline flavour which seems to be the trend for this brewer. spicy at times with a sweet yeasty character. pretty good though it should be toned down a few notches.
freekyp (1634) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh Ruby! A doughy cherry aroma winds its way up the glass and into my eagerly awaiting nose. Warming and sweet with a long lingering bitter cherry finish, this is a fine after dinner beer made for sipping. Ample lacing makes it nice to gaze upon as well.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was doughy, nutmeg, with a little cherry and perhaps some cabernet. Virtually no head, virtually no lacing. Color was brown and much lighter than most quads. Initial flavor was heavily sweet that lessened slightly. The finish was long. Body was only light to medium and watery. Surprisingly there was not much of an alcohol taste or feel. Iíd expected to really be able to notice the alcohol. I had read that this would be a good beer to cellar for a couple of years. I picked some up and will re-visit after a year.
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep auburn almost brown color. Smells a little sweet and hoppy. This could be good. Aww crap, it hits the mouth with an acidic, alcoholic feel. Finishes well though with a nice malty, mouth coating.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intensely sweet and somewhat cloying on the tongue. I kept looking around for a glass of water to rinse my mouth. Very strong alcohol component induces shivers at each sip. I need a larger sample of this one to rate it properly.
desurfer (1252) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Free sample at State Line in Elkton, MD. Dark mahogany body with no head. Aroma is fruity and spicy with not much alcohol. Flavor is quite nice, loads of complexity, with ripe fruit, fig, and some woodiness. All the alcohol that missing in the aroma makes its presence known here. Palate is dry and sweet with a good deal of alcohol warmth. Nice beer.