maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Mostly clear caramel body with a small frothy off-white head. Big caramel, Belgian spice, rum soaked fruit aroma. Very sweet, slightly oaked, Belgian spice, caramel, rum soaked fruit flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
( 750ml Bottle) Review #400! Shared by bu11zeye, thanks for letting me in on this Markus!
Pours opaque orange with bubbles on the edges and no head. Good lacing. Nose of gingerbread, alcohol, pears, dark dried fruits, brown sugar and biscuit. Taste is figs, bready, candi sugar, undercarbonated but still a nice body. Lingers of spicy yeast, light alcohol, tart fruits, and rum soaked raisins. Very complex.
Probably 2-3 years past its prime and its still a great beer, impressive!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle provided by bu11zeye. as soon as this was opened you could smell the aroma fill the room. there was a long silence right after opened that i felt the need to break by asking a dumb question. i think the silence occured 44 minutes into the tasting. this poured a murky amberish/orange with somewhat of a white head and when swirled could see the legs standing along the glass. aroma was a fruit basket with pear and orange followed by some honey, fingernail polish, and cinnamon. flavor was honey, pear, little citrus, and some alcohol was apparent. body was full with low carbonation and some slickness. very nice indeed and glad to of had the opportunity to try it.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating number 2600. Pours with minimal head and a hazy golden brown body. Aroma of Bordeaux wine fills the room after pouring. Aroma on closer inspection shows alcohol, caramel, florals, wet wood, fusel alcohol with a tinge of berries, wine, and cobwebs. Taste raisins, and rum raisin ice cream, sherry, port, madeira and a whole host of other fortified, vinous wines, rum soaked bred, wine barrels. There is a bit of oxidation, but it is light and pleasant. Some musty notes. Long duration. Warming with light bubbles and an awesome vinous finish. Very pleasant indeed!
Cavie (3807) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 #1100. Bottle secured by bu11zeye. Thanks for cuttin me in on this one! Hazy heavy orange that transforms into a lighter shade near the edges. Very intense aroma. Sweet bread, brown sugar, bubble gum, and drier grains crowd the aroma. The sense of alcohol rounds out the complexity and stings the nostrils. Quite a lot of flavors packed in the taste. Sweet and tingly. Taste has sweet grain, brown sugar. Lots of Belgian grain and some aged fruits. Most definitely a sipper and wonderfully enjoyed.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1900, thanks to bu11zeye, cloudy color of grapefruit, pulpy, with foam ring, sour earthy aromas, flavors of barleywine, sour cherry, madeira, caramel, really nice BSA
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special thanks to my man Solan for this treat. Pours a mustard yellow. Aroma is yummy. Caramel and funk. I want to make my rate longer. This is good.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle at the Relentless Thirst Gathering in Richmond, VA, 8.29.09. Very happy to see this one. Pours a copper tinted amber color with a thin head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus, apple, honey, oak and spicy notes. Taste has peppery spice notes up front. Caramel, peach, apple and other fruit notes along with an almost port-like quality. Medium-full bodied. Medium-full bodied. Very nice.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 750-milliliter bottle into wine balloon. Pours a burnt orange, a lot clearer than expected, with just a small film on top. It still is a lot more alive than I expected; very bubbly for a 9-year-old ale. Maybe the supplementary cork helped ensure this. A lot of honey, molasses, brown sugar donut-glaze in the aroma. Maple frosting. Flavor is a nice, fully synergized fusion of caramel, purple grape juice, overripe apricot, sweet red Napa zinfandel. Nice gooey viscosity. Again, unprocessed fresh-from-the-comb honey in the flavor. Yup, this one’s just about ready to drink. Slightly alcoholic flavor/finish/esophageal warmth, but in a most welcome way. Overall, world class minus.
BREWMUSKCLES (2260) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
busy and syrupy it is full with raisin, plum and flowery sugar. perhaps a bit too cold it was infused with a wet dank wood flavor... soy like and slow foamy. as one would expect it is like sherry in taste and alcohol aged and mellow.