henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark with a thick brown head. Very presentable. Fruity aroma, but also unpleasantly metalic. The alcohol is very present in the taste. Not the beer it’s cracked up to be.
(However, after 2 years in the cellar it jumps to a rating of a little over 4 -- suddenly there’s port and plums everywhere, and the metalic aroma is gone).
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small bottle. This is a really good beer. Dark brown/orange color. Nutty sweet smell and similar taste. Finishes malty and crisp. I enjoyed it, but probably best in the smaller quantity.
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intens brown beer with great creamy beige head. Aroma is nutty, spicy, malty, has a touche of star-anice and a good dosis of hops. Taste is very full and complex, has a smooth caramly sweetness and a fine bitterish touch in the end.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grande Réserve en Magnum au Pub Italia, Ottawa, ON. Merci Dumdum! Robe brune surmontée d’une mousse beige persistente en dentelle. Dépôts de levure. Arômes de raisins et de malt. Saveurs de chocolat, de raisins, de dattes, de prunes, de caramel, de malt, d’alcool et d’épices. Corps moelleux.
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grande Réserve Magnum courtesy of Dumdum, 1998. Red amber in colour, ruby hues, with a nice moka head. Fruity raisins in aroma with aplles and light yeasty notes. Sweet confectionners sugar with woody notes and old hops. This beer is past its prime, notes by high oxidation. Still interesting.
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - AUG 2, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Simply... amazing. Had a small bottle in NYC last weekend, and... it was amazing complex, with a great aroma of mixed fruits and sugars. Amazingly smooth, easy on the palate. An excellent dark amber color... simply put, the best beer I’ve ever had.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honestly, I don’t understand what all the hype is about. This kind of disappointed me. It had a nice appearance, very perfect brown color with impressive sandy colored head. Aroma was yeasty, peachy, some purple grapes, some weird lemon pepper scent too. Flavor was carbonated, brown sugar, green apple, wheat bread, yeast, and some malt. meh... it really was kind of plain and i was stretching for some of these flavors and aromas.
jrob21 (2849) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch. malty medium finish.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown, with a decent head and a fairly carbonated body that settled down after a little while, and with it the head. Aroma contained some caramel, pear(?) and yeast, with some malt character coming out with tasting. Slightly bitter and a bit soapy on the palate. I was expecting a lot more from this beer, but I’ll definitely be tasting it again, though, so we’ll see what happens then.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didn’t think that this was anything particularly special. The flavors were somewhat indecipherable to me other than carmelized sugar, intense carbonation and high levels of acidity. It did have excellent color and I love it when I can see little remnants of ingrediants circling the glass. Very creamy as it warms up. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it was bad, but nothing that I’d see out to drink again.