supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty, malty, malty. Aromas of raisen, plum, rich dark malt, Belgian Candy sugar. Hass a rich malty, molasses flavor. Yummy!
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma, with a hint of citric sharpness. The flavour is malty and alcoholic, but has a very sweet treacle and molasses character. In fact, too sweet for me. I have no doubt this is a good beer, but it is just too cloying for my tastebuds.
dwyerpg (5498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
With a full airy head and beautiful brown color, this is definitely one of the best beers i've ever had. Period.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
large foamy head a bit suprising. rich sweet aroma lead me into a pleasent sweet chocolate tasting beer. very smooth on palate. solid overall will drink again.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark ruby body. The tan head is rather large and foamy. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit, and yeast. The flavor is sweet caramel, raisins, plums and little bit of alcohol. Body is medium with very lively fizzy carbonation. Not bad, but ther are better to be had.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice hazy brown color with a bit of orange and a huge, fluffy, long-lasting tan head. Clove, malt and banana in the aroma. Sweet banana, clove, and malt flavors with a little spice and hops. Very tingly feel with a fairly dry finish. Very nice.
guzzler67 (1651) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Garnet appearance with a bigger than average head. Muted, fruity aroma. Spicy, fruity taste with overtones of plums and figs. Crisp, tart finish.
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown pour with a thick white head. Nice yeast, fruit, grape aroma. Decent taste. Nice, smooth, and flavorful. Raisin/grape flavor, with some malt. Tasted very well. Impressed indeed!
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a huge off white head, great lacing. Good looking beer. Aroma is pretty much like the commercial description. You have the yeast, the fruits (raisin or grape wine, maybe the port aroma coming through,) though the smokiness it mentions doesn't show too much. Now I can really detect the port. Flavors are abundant and fairly complex. The port hits home first, then the raisin/grapes roll on in, a bread (sourdough comes to mind) and a slight touch of alcohol. The palate is highly carbonated and tangy. Full body with a nice finish of alcohol and a tang. Fine dubbel.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 A dark brown pour with a strong tan head. A lot going on in the nose. Very fruity aroma. I can definately taste the raisins and dark chocolatey after-taste. I really want to get another and hold on to it for a while to see what changes occur.