tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
1997 Bottle (5-2-5-2-10=2.4): Very sweet, yeasty, sherry-like, marzipan aroma. Opaque brown with a swirl and ring of tan head. Sherry, marzipan, mild roasty flavours with some tired malty sweetness. Medium-light body feels a bit watery with very low carbonation. Definitely past it’s prime. Bottle (trade, Nov. 2004). Thanks, goldtwins!
2000 Bottle (6-3-6-3-12=3.0): Nutty, sweet chocolate aroma with a light roastiness. Opaque brown with a decent and lasting cover of tan head. Nutty, roasty, chocolate flavours are all there and are enjoyable if not altogether exciting. Medium body with low-fair carbonation. It was interesting to try these two vintages back to back, but my guess is that this is one beer that’s better savoured when fresh. Bottles enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
1996 Bottle. This must of been aged far to long, because there is no way I can picture this beer being in the top 94%. Poured a dark dark brown, fizzled for a few seconds and then laid completely flat. Aromas were of slightly roasted malts, soy sauce, chocolate and raisons. The flavor was bland and watered down, mostly due to the flatness of this beer. But there were nice touches of port wine, slightly nutty chocolate, and weak soy. Mouthfeel was similar to rinsing your mouth out with watered down coffee, without the coffee flavor. This has got to be a bad example of this beer, just looking at the ratings it appears the ’99 vintages and on have far higher ratings.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2000 vintage. Dark brown looks, light brown head recedes to a ring. Aroma starts to suggest some oxidation, but it’s not quite there yet. Mellow nose, hinting at rich malt that is more or less there I feel. Soy sauce, vanilla and chocolate soaked marshmallows. Subdued roastiness. A bit stale in mouth, chocolate and coffee comes out classic and interesting oaty and graham cookies undertones add a dimension to the overdone sweetness, but unlike a good oatmeal stout, it seems to also give a syrupy and grainy cerealic sensation. Thin-medium body, very low carbonation... Hard to rate this one, it’s one of those for which my score could range +/- 1.0 from one day to another, but as of today, I know I certainly won’t seek that anywhen soon.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting to try a beer from Sweden. Dark brown pour with a white head. The carbonation was a little too much for me. Aroma of raisin, wine, caramel and soy sauce. The raisin caramel and wine were the main tastes along with some chocolate. The soy sauce showed up a little but it was not that bothersome. Pretty nice Porter.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
!998 version. Black in color, opaque with a dark, tan head. Aroma of a chocolate brownie and dark fruit. Surprisingly in good shape at 5.5% ABV. It had none of the overcarbonated, exhausted character that many beers of this ABV would display after 7 years. A huge, toasted, port-like, vinous character makes up most of the flavor profile.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Argang 2004....best by May 2014?
Kind of wishing I let this sit around for a while now...
Even so, very good.
Very black, small tan head. Definite coffee and ashtry type aromas. Same for flavor with a bit of caramel thrown in. Got to get some more bottles, drink some, age others
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 arang 2001. Poured Black, with a tight foamy tan head. Burnt coffee and caramel. Also some hops in the back ground. My mouth is watering. Taste is full body, thick and creamy. pleasant bitter coffe flavor. Good malt back bone gives this a great taste. Has held up very well for 3-4 years.
Re-rate of a 1997 this was spoken of as a better vintage, but this was more watery then I felt with the 2001.
re-rate 2004. This also seemed watery.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Argang 1997" Nearly flat and dark, dark brown. Strong, sweet aroma with molassas, tar, chocolate,. some sourness. Very well balanced combination of unusual flavors. Some multi-vitamin, some chalk, some herbs, a little acrid roastiness. Dry, slightly tart finish. Has held up well for an 8 year old ale of such low alcohol content. Interesting little trip in time.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1997 Vintage, Bottle: Pours black with no head. Aroma is a pungent syrupy sweet malt that is a bit off putting. The flavor is much better. An ashy roast, a slight chocolate syrupy sweetness, some meat and herbs in the finish. Decent porter but I couldn’t see drinking to much of it.
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1997 edition. A very smooth porter, with some sourness. Very Black and very roasty and other herbs, including fennel aroma and possibly peppermint i