Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
25 cl brown bottle. Lots of fancy foil for the labels. Poured out a deep amber / mahogany color. Tan colored head was sparse. Aromas are of burnt straw, huge oakiness, lots of tannins, some vanilla, red wine vinegar, and alcohol.
Flavors are of Brettanomyces funk, vinegar, oak barrels, and lots of alcohol.
Some bizarre spiciness present also.
Maybe itís cinnamon. Whatever it is, it doesnít belong here. Thick mouthfeel at first, until the alcohol kicks in, and thins everything out considerably.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ripe apple aroma with plenty of peppery alcohol and a hint of caramel. Clear amber color, medium beige head, good lacing. Sweet malty flavor, plenty of burnt sugar caramel, slightly fruity, strong alcohol flavor balances out the sweetness somewhat. I donít get any of the dry hopping mentioned in the commercial description. Medium full body, warming for sure. Overall, kind of disappointing, not a lot of complexity, mostly just alcohol.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4442) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 I have fond memories of this one from when I first encountered it last X-mas. Therefore I eagerly awaited this yearís release. Sampled from a very pretty 8.48 oz brown bottle this brew poured a hazy caramel color with a small tan head. The aroma was sweet apple, caramel and light spice. The flavor was sweet, malty and had a vague apple vinegar note followed by fairly strong caramel and faint dry spices. There is a strong resemblance to a hot caramel apple. There is a nice sharp fruity nature to this beer that is enticing. The finish is long and spicy. Fairly full bodied. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Excellent.
maeib (8275) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A mid brown coloured beer with a fizzy alcohol aroma. The taste is very big with creamy, thick warming alcohol flavours. Reminded me a bit of a sweet sherry. Very nice.
rlgk (8978) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shiny amber, small brownish head. Malty aroma, malty flavor. Gives a strong feeling without letting too much alcohol come through. Vanilla notes and with a somewhat spicy finish.
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent, disappointed slightly in that for aa belgian strong ale, it packs much less of a flavorful punch than one would expect. Starts off promising, but all hopes are dimished as the sensation on the palate actually decreases as you progress to the bottom. Nice bottle, nice beer, but nice is not always noteworthy.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.01.04 250ml(I think) bottle. Medium-dark brown pour with big off-white head that leaves sheets of lace. Many small bits give a hazed impression. Lots of toasty malts with hints of orangey citrus and white sugar. Lively and flavorful beer with a big kick of hops. Nice astringency cleans up what could become an overdone, alcohol laden finish. Grapeskin.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker red body with a thick, but not rediculous sized head. The aroma is cherry, sugar cady, malt, citrus fruit, yeast and egg oddly enough. The palate on this is sharp, a good amount of hops, and another good amount of alcohol (13% the bottle reads.) The flavor is a bit hidden behind the strong mouthfeel, but when there there is a smooth blend of malt and yeast. The malt is mostly what leaves you in the aftertaste. There is noticably not a good presence of sweetness in the beer, which is a bit odd for a belgian strong ale, but I think that is due to the high alcohol content, and the rather large hop presence.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
at the Beer Circus, Croydon, London.. Dark chocolate beer, lasting alcohol and bitterness. One of the better beers sampled in the evening.
Frank (2292) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color with a creamy and mostly lasting quarter-inch of white head. Nose is full and sweet with strong notes of flowers, honey and spice along with a whiff of alcohol. Drier than I expected and very fruity with an almost bubble-gum like character. Light bodied for the gravity with brisk, almost velvety carbonation. Some additional sweetness blooms in the finish and as it warms it takes on a sort of butterscotch character which adds to the perceived thickness. Iím rather enjoying this and it certainly packs a punch.