SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 release. This is nice enough. Spicy little finish off a fairly light palate. Initial malt etc, alcohol is not overly dominant but is apparent. I really ought to buy a bunch of this and try it in a couple years. However I ought to do that with some other beers first, probably wonít.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted the 2004 Version. A whiff of malt and alcohol greet you. It is quite drinkable given itís strength, but you can taste the alcohol due to the relatively low bitterness. Taste is balanced towards malty sweetness with hints of fruity flavors. Itís good, but I think the Cooperís label leads some to perceive that it is better than it is.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12.12.04 Batch No. 4-Oct/2002 Dark golden pour with tiny ring of lasting head and a seaquarium of floating, bobbing, and diving hunks of sediment -- I think a few had fins. Aromas are sour and pear, sweet toffee, perfumey (but not floral). Heaps of tingly eff break up an oily mouthfeel. Some honey but pretty bland overall. Seems like a light English Pale Ale fortified with some extra booze.
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle is 2 years old, um....after the "smoke" cleared upon opening the bottle, the beer poured well into an English pint glass. The head is thick and billowy like frothy swiss cheese. The initial flavor is of toffee-butterscotch...malt, malt and more malt. The palate is oily gliding quickly over the taste buds. The carbonation is barely noticeable, and the flavor ends in brandyish notes.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch No. 4, October/2002. Beer pours murky medium orange with an off white colored head that is lightly retained. A bit of sherry in the nose, a whiff of alcohol, and some significant sweetness. Flavor is pretty thin with a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of a dry fininish. I am rather stunned by how bland this beer is. An English Strong?
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Vintage: 2010
Consumed: August 2011
Hard to get excited on this tasting. Flavours seem hard and unforgiving with bitter stone fruits. Some malt sweetness tries to get going but never really takes hold. Dumb phase?
Consumed: April 2009
Iím back on board. Didnít blow me away like the first time I tried time beer (the 2004 as a youngster) but very solid and I might have to re-weight my view, particularly given the relatively large volumes in which this is made. A bit lighter in colour than the 2004, more in the browny orangey apricot spectrum. Nose shows sweet malts and toffee; Beligian for mine. Palate is light, at least to my tastes, for a 7.5%er but certainly well built. More toffee and malt to taste, along with some bitter malts in the back palate. Might need a little more punch but the palate structure is very good.
Consumed: August 2006
Impressive pour Ė big creamy head, quite thick, settles to leave a classic flat white coffee layer of thin creamy froath. Chunky lacing. Light brown / tan in colour, dirty texture, small floaties. Belgium strong al nose with meaty yeasts and malts, some chocolat, quite powerful, certaintly giving the impression of higher alcohol than the quoted 7.5%. Very balanced to taste although the weight of flavours is a touch subdued, relative to the nose, and tails a little on the finish. More classic Belgian malty notes, again a touch chocolately, but just a little too elegant and perhaps dilutive for the style. Iím certain this beer was looking better 6 months ago although its still a very acceptable drink.
Consumed: November 2004
Cloudy caramel / tan in the glass. Not much going on in the nose, quite restrained. Impressive flavour and mouthfeel. Full of character, and almost has an extracted red wine taste with roasted malty notes and licorice touches, Definately has some sweet touches but heaps of polish and in context, Carries its 7.5% easily. Best beer Iíve had in months.
gustytke (8) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage. Great red ale look, deep red. Head quickly fades. Entry is quite malty, which finishes slightly sweet. Nothing complex going on here. Malt like German beer. Descent beer, especially for the 7.5% content. I wish the taste would stay a little longer.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/03/2000. Clear, dark orange with a
good size white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was slightly sweet malt with citrus background. Flavor was much drier than expected. Biscuit malt,
fruity, but again very dry. A bit thin.
Extremely carbonated, especially for a 4
year old bottle.
Dorwart (2536) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Batch # 4-Oct-2002) Large offwhite head. Nice and creamy on top. Settles slowly with great carbonation. Poured this one incorrectly. Tons of big whispy floaters in there. Slightly fruity aroma with a decent amount of malt. Not very complex. Color is a slightly cloudy dark amber. Flavor has a slight peach note to it with a noticiable alcohol presence. Finish is dry and pretty clean. A decnent ale but lacks complexity and some body. Nothing special.
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Batch No.4, Oct. 2002) Hazy peach-amber body with dead yeast everywhere, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, fruity (melon, berry), light peat. Taste is medium sweet, fruity (peach, melon), finishing with some peat and alcohol. Creamy medium-full body.