BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks to the_beer_god Mike for bringing this gem. Pours to a cloudy amber with a yellow-beige head. Tiny particles are visable floating around when held to the light. Aroma is fruit, bourbon, light butter, molasses, oak barrel. Taste is heavy bourbon, grains, alcohol, grapes, and sugary sweet. Light-medium body, low carbonation, finishes sweet and alcoholic. I was really very excited to this great beer, but was completely let down by a mediocre beer with way too much alochol and bourbon notes. Definitely not the billed refined Belgian ale it’s supposed to be.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose-buttered popcorn, sugar, molasses. Taste-rich, spicy, toffee, alcohol, vanilla, oaky, almost a brett character to it. This tastes very similar to Cambridge Benevolence, which IMO is a fantastic beer. This was an excellent sipper. One of the best beers I have had in a long, long time.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Jeffin7 for the bottle! Murky but still bright orange body topped by a creamy off-white head that laces like crazy. The aroma is huge vanilla, oak, alcohol, spices, and sugary sweetness. The flavor is really quite nice. Oak mixed with salt dripping with toffee and some warming alcohol. Not at all cloying ot overly syrupy. At 13% alcohol can get in the way, but here it just adds depth and pleasure. I could drink gallons of this stuff. Excellent example of a barrel-aged beer. One of the best, IMO.
geno5 (21) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mullman, for sharing! Caramely, malty flavor with a strong bourbon finish. Tall, rich head. Aroma of honey, butter, and scotch. Smooth, creamy body.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a nose of flowers,maltyness,oak and in the back a fine madiera nose and citrus. Deep golden pale in color with a small retaining head and a sticky lace. Rich tannins, hops and malts hit your palate and mingle flawlessly huge and alcoholic but the finesse is also there. I scored high on the palate for the complexity of this beer and for how long it lingers, this is how Cognac is to Brandy.
skortila (5239) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[RBG Low Countries 2005] Aroma of caramel malts, quite smooth. Very fruity, champaign like (yeast) Hints of anise. Hazy, orange coloured with an off-white, thin head. Taste is smooth, caramel malty, raisins, fruits and some woodiness. Very complex. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden and warming. After a month i can still remember it’s great taste. :) Thanks John.
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2005 Total Score: 4.3
75 cl bottle, dutch ratebeer meeting, special thanks to Caesar for sharing this ’killer’ beer. Aroma of malts, wood and fruit. Very winey. Cognac style. Hazy, copper coloured with a thin white head. Exceptionally smooth and full brew. Winey-cognac taste, moderate sweet, fruity and woody. Balance is perfect. Clearly present alcohol is not disdurbing and goes perfectly well with the balance. Aroma and appearance were a little, little off, it’s taste and palate compensate it all. :)
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 The aroma from the wood is the first thing I noticed about this beer. Pours a dirty bronze color, hazy, highly carbonated. The flavor reminds me a bit of some of the fish tale big wood aged beers. It has lots of residual sweetness , like brown sugar and raisons mixed with a little yeast. The alcohol adds a dryness that makes it very drinkable. Well crafted beer, thanks jeppe.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Matta, teamed with Pailhead in trade to acquire it. Pours dirty amber with off white head. Highly carbonated. Aroma and flavor all over tha place. Fruity (grape/plums), spicy, buttery, reisduel sugar sweetness, woodsy bourbon. Lots of burn as it warms is the only drawback. No sip tasted the same. Very unique altogether.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweetish. With dark fruit and raisin notes. Oaky vanilla characters, definitely something spirity about it, slight brandy notes, with some warming alcohol from start to finish. Quite well balanced and in many ways similiar to the Bush Prestige.
Earlier Rating: 10/6/2005 Total Score: 4.3
Bottle. Hazy amber appearance. Very strong aroma. Lots of oak in the aroma, with sme spirity alcohol, berry and dark fruit. Some sherry aromas aswell. Palate is slightly spritzy, but softens as you work your way through it. Malty and quite liquer like in flavour. Some figgy fruit, and oaky/woody qualities in the finish. Quite salty aswell. A sipper for sure, very complex. Hopefully i come across one of these again som day, very nice.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
rusty amber color with a dense foamy/creamy white head. aroma is tropical fruits, a little buttery. smooth malty bourbon too. flavor is oaky, malty, buttery bourbon. high carbonation. finish is like smooth bourbon. big thanks to Sahlholdt for an int’l trade to connect me with this one!