jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Devil’s Night At Mullman’s. Bottle graciously shared by Mullman. Hazy, dark amber color with a large off white head. Great aroma! Fruity, spicy with lots of oak and alcohol. The oak/alcohol combination in the flavor reminds me of a good scotch. Some white grapes, pepper and sweet malt are also present.
Big warming finish. Excellent!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fudge. I clicked a link before I saved this. I had about 15 minutes of casual aroma dissertations. Body is a hazy amber/orange color. Head was large and frothy off-white. Oaky sugars, lemony hops, peach, plums, alcohol, grape skins. Taste is quite good. Caramelly fruit with oaked hops. Argh... what are the details? Dry grapes, sweet woody alcohol with pear.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy amber body with a volumninous tan head. Cedar, peanut butter, and chocolate in the aroma. Reminds me of Bit ’o Honey candy. Too-sweet caramel/wood flavor with an alcohol-twinged tree leaf hop finish. The carbonation is too strong at the start. It helps offset the sweetness but is too big. As the beer settles down the beer becomes primarily sweet but with the twinge of alcohol and hops.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Me, DavidP, JCapriotti, and MIBRomeo chipped in to sample this beer. It pours to a light yellowish head atop a hazy amber body. Good lacing. Fully lasting head. The aroma is very oaky, woody, cedar, exotic fruits. Very smooth and balanced. Very complex. The flavor has lots of oak tannins in it. Woody. Cedar? Not oaky... Pretty complex and good tasting. Drying mouthfeel. Carbonated.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aquired via trade from Hop Dog.
orangish brown color w/ visible carbonation a large tall frothy well laced off white head and a nice bubble popping sound. Smells of candied sugars, wood, alcohol, lots of sweet.. some grapes and plums, very nice aroma. Palate is smooth and lightly creamy a bit hot. Flavor definatelly has a big alcohol component lots of huge sweet parts some carmel and other sugars... plums and raisens. lots of wood in it too.
Very good beer.. nice complexity.
caesar (5877) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a 1.5 L Magnum bottle with lots of people at RBG Low Countries 2005. I would say this beers fits in a special category, where also de Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva belongs to, and also the Bush Prestige. That is: the very expensive beers :-) But still, they are worth it (though not every week, but once in a year or so). Although this was a very special brew to taste, i would prefer the complexity of the Stille Nacht (however it is also retired). Even the Bush Prestige was slightly better.
Earlier Rating: 4/15/2005 Total Score: 4.2
Wow. After some quite thin beers, this one’s a firecracker. Hazy orange color, much yeast particles, short white head. Thick aroma, wood, dry, bit dusty even, white wine and cognac, very penetrating. In contrast, the taste is quite smooth again with a pleasant alcoholic bite. Very complex and very strong. Although it more resembles wine than beer, still very good.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange/copper/amber. Humongous, forthy, big bubbled, off white head. I’d give a 6 for appearance if I could for the beautiful bottle. Sugar, oak, yeast, subtle over-ripe fruit and alcohol, and some malt in the aroma. Wow. Dark fruits, cloves, candi sugar, yeast, creamy malt, the alcohol and oak are tied together- undertones until the finish which is big on both. Roasty aftertaste with a liitle fire breath from the belly. Savor the flavor on this one. Full, smooth body with some lively carbonation, also. Dry finish. As it warms the alcohol becomes less pronounced but is definitely still there, especially on big gulps. Excellent. Far better than the regular Scaldis. Nice pair to fine cigar. 40 buck? Fo shizzle. They should try a year or two in the oak barrels and see what happens.
jerohen (2077) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled (sampled in 2005 at Kulminator). Hazy orange coloured, nice off-white head. Very nice aroma, malts, caramel and obviously alcohol. Balanced sweet flavour, soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent, but never annoying. World class!
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 4.5
Number 1000! Had this fantastic brew together with my fellow Dutch ratebeerians at the spring 2005 Dutch Ratebeer gathering. Hazy copper coloured with yeast particles floating around, small white head. Very strong aroma present as soon as you open the bottle. I see others describe it as cognac and they could very well be right, but there’s so much more going on, fruit (apple, grapes), wood, malts, alcohol and who knows what. Very complex flavour, which evolves as the beer warms up. This is one to sit down with and relax. Ridiculously expensive, but hey, once every 1000 beers one deserves something special :-).
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at Kulminator. Very nice aroma with flowers , caramel and so many other stuff. Hazy, amber/orange color, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, white wine, hints of caramel, woody, very complex flavors. Thick, syrupy and smooth, alcohol very well hidden.
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 4
Bottle@Home. Pure cognac aroma with vanilla. How do they do this? Hazy, orange/amber color, beige head, fair lace. Cognac flavor as well, wood, very fruity, grapes, wine, very complex. Smooth, very warming, full, alcoholic. Flavorful and well balanced.
marcus (7817) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This golden amber ale poured with a huge off-white head, eliciting a pleasant caramel/oak aroma with a slight alcohol scent. The flavor is initially malty sweet, but well-balanced with a very clean whiskey/oak finish. There are undertones of toasty yeast and green sapling. Overall, a very nice brew.