sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 (Bottled, 2005 vintage, sampled 09/2006) Very hazy orange color with a large, lacy head. Strong, grainy-malty, yeasty, salty-licoricey aroma with clear alcohol presence. Very sweet-syrupy, Dolle-yeasty, quite hoppy and salty flavor with evident, but not intrusive alcohol. Very full-bodied, syrupy, definitely warming - yet not burning palate, thanks to the high gravity and sweetness. An extreme beer, but a bit disappointing as the 6-year old vintage was not any better. On a long winter’s night, this will, however, surely satisfy your appetite for a nightcap.
(Bottled, 2004 vintage@Delirium Cafe, Brussels, was 8-4-8-5-17=4.2) Very hazy, dark orange color with a smallish but tight and lacy, lasting head. Earthy, oaky, tart, malty aroma with dried fruit. Flavor of dried fruit, syrup, rye-pudding, spices and hops. Very full-bodied, oily and port-wineous palate with little carbonation for a Dolle, and a warming alcoholic twist. A very delicious brew that seems ideal for long cellaring. Finally got to taste this one!
(2000 vintage, 8% ABV, sampled 3/2006) Coriander-spicy aroma, Spicy, grainy-malty flavor. Sticky-syrupy palate. It’s hard to say whether I liked this or not. Not really that balanced, anyway.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl Bottle. Dark amber colour, with a rocky head. Great aroma of some caramel and yeast. Unfiltrated. Very big mouthful with some nice malt taste and hints of hops, and is some winery, very tasty. Big body.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - pours cloudy amber with a short foamy offwhite head. Aroma is of dough and a touch of orange. Flavor is grapes, orange, some vanilla, and a sugary sweet finish. On the palate this is medium bodied and smooth. The alcohol is completely covered except for the warming that you feel after each sip. Six months in the cellar certainly didn’t hurt this one any. Very mellow for such a big beer. Christmas in July is fun!
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a nice beer sampled at the Brickstore. A dark orange apperance with a minimal head. The flavor is very sweet with alot of oranges and vanilla. A sugary mouthfeel with some alcohol showing. If you could imagine a creamcicle in beer form you have this beer. It was a nice experience.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Pours a light amber, clear and very effervescent, with a small white head. Strong aroma of sugar, grapes, acidic lemon or orange, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and very spicy, with touches of vinous grapes, citrus, and a strong retronasal alcohol burn. Strong and sweet but more dinkable than I though it would be. Nice. RERATE: 1994 vintage, opened at Dickinsonbeer’s House. The ctirus has come through even more so and the alcohol has mellowed quite a bit, making this very drinkable. Excellent!
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangy amber with some chunky suspended particles and a very slight haze. Great aroma and the flavour is incredible.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Golden/amber colour. Small head. Nose is full of maltiness, toffee and a cognac-like alcohol aroma. Tastes very sweet and alcoholic. Apart from that it has vineous and fruity notes, mango and orange. Quite sugary. Overall a nice, complex beer, but unfortunately overshadowed by too much sweetness and alcohol. Many thanks to Bierkoning for this.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy pecan color with pieces of floating yeast cake and a thin head. Tart fruity aroma with some toasted bread, yeast, light caramel, yogurt. Very sweet with an upfront vitamin flavor. I don’t get much in the way of hops, except some bitterness. Interesting fruitcake flavor. Opens up as it warms. Kinda grows on you.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I got the bottle from State Line in Elkton, MD and it immediately hit me with a perfumey aroma coupled with a fragrance of sweet oak. I tasted hints of malt, oak and breadiness. The alcohol was definately noticeable. It seemed a bit too syrupy and spicey so I had trouble sipping this one. It seems good in small sips. I found it interesting but my wife detested it.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanx to Jannik Salholt. Orange colour with lots of floaties. Medium white head. Dark fruits, raisin, prun aroma and a sweet fruity alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish. To much alcohol in the taste, but wery good.