DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby brown, thick head and total lacing action. Vinegar, cherry, vanilla frosting, and scotch jump out of the glass and achieve maximum olfactory impact. Then an oak tree fell on my tongue, spewing its acidic life blood of berries through my mouth and dumping scotch into the burning wounds. Appreciable, and complex, though not something I would want to subject myself to very often.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Rating #400: Deep dark mohogany color. Very nice creamy off white head. Aromatic spicy nose with a touch of plum. Flavor: Start is fruity (plum, green apple, pear) and spicy turning lightly sour and kinda tart with a mouth watering , dry and vinous finish. Palate is champange like and the 12% ABV is well hidden, but makes it’s presence known.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 330ml. I’ve been sitting on this awhile and figured it would be a great beer to do for my 100th rating on ratebeer.
Pours murky brown with a reddish tint. Frothy off white head. Aromas of oak and that’s about it. Flavor is extremely complex! Figs, horse blanket, spices cherry, and strawberries. Very dry, tart finish with a slight alcohol warmth.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Instantly captivating, tart, fruity aroma with hints of sour cherry, plum, red grape, gentle flowery sweetness, lightly toasty malt, doughy yeast, musty cobwebs and faint oak. Deep garnet in color, slightly hazy, with a fine, lasting off-white head and spectacularly delicate lacing. Flavor profile is astonishingly deep and complex, profoundly vinous and lightly sweet with abundant dark fruitiness and tartness throughout, finishing with a blend of nutty and red malts, earthy minerals, medicinal alcohol and slight musty wood. Warming, faintly acidic and winey palate, body is generous and expansive. Absolutely incredible.
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Bottle. Sherry/mead aroma. Dark brown colour, no head. Slighty sour, sherry-like flavour. Semi-sweet. Sour/acidic aftertaste. 9 3 7 3 15
Bottle at EsBF09. Good sour aroma, citric and slightly lactic. Cloudy red brown colour. Very small head. Good citric flavour, lactic but nicely sweet. Good barrel vanilla note, quite subtle. Sour raisin. 9 4 9 4 20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and mostly clear ruby body. Thick creamy off-white head. Less yeast than I’d expect. Aroma seems more different than I’d expect from the normal. Needs to warm a bit I think. Fruity vinous and oaky hop aroma. Almost a lambicy vanilla aroma at times. Wow... this is a truly different beer. Lambicy/musty sour fruit taste. Fruit is cherry mostly, with some underlying sweet alcohol and faint oak. I think the cherry mustiness is actually the bordeaux qualities coming through, as the sourness seems more like tannins now. Quite interesting. Definitely getting more wine qualities now. Some sour raspberry to. I append to this rating I do.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours out a murky dark brown with a reddish tint and a few inches of beige head. The head has good retention and leaves lacing coating most of the glass. Aroma is spicy, lots of fruity apple notes and plenty of vinous characteristics. Taste starts off with a sharp sweetness and fruitiness of apples and cherries before going overboard with an almost unpalatable sour tartness that is unpleasant. The taste is complex with those flavors as well as plenty of vinous notes and alcohol taste that only adds to the mayhem. Mouthfeel is good and full with a coated feel, which in this case only spreads the unpleasant taste. I would say this is fairly undrinkable in my opinion. I will definitely pick up another bottle in the future to give it a second chance but for now I will stay away.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Bought a bottle at 2004 belgian Beer Party at pizza port. Dried Fruit aroma. Tart oaky taste. Very good. Hope to try again
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ala M500. Light brown colored. Whitish head. Vinous and raisin aromas and flavors. Very nicely done. I didn’t pick up a lot of wood notes from the casks.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at perkeo’s gathering. amber-brown with a lasting head. aroma of raisins, whipped cream, glace cherry and a little bit of mustiness. warming, some oak and strawberry and white wine tartness. classy stuff