SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours thick, cloudy and the color of candided oranges with almost no head whatsoever. Aroma is tart and acidic, almost hints of vinegar with fruits and spice. Flavor is sweet and rich, citrus, honey and a lingering bitter finish. Thick, full body, syrupy with little to no carbonation. Definitely a unique and tastey ale experience.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, boozy, and undercarbonated. Apples, reminicent of english barleywine. A touch of sherryish oxidation. Quite sweetwith a lingering alcohol note. Will resample.
rauchbier (3498) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle conditioned. 2003 edition, label marked 8% abv and 12%. Chestnut bronze with a slight unavoidable haze. Poor thin white head and relatively low condition. Roomfilling aromas of apples, candy sugar and damp wood mingled with a typical sweet barley wine note. Thick and chewy in the mouth, but not over sweet. Tastes like a good English barley wine with a slight spicy edge and a fruity berry note that lingers in the mouth and leaves an oily mouthcoating of sweet malt and a long bitterness. The confusion over the abv cannot be cleared up by just drinking this exquiste beer, the alcohol is just so well hidden.
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful aging experiment. This puppy was bottled in 1996. It has aged well...mostly. Looks like a cloudy dark orange marmalade. Very full, oily mouthfeel that just explodes with sourness. Then it retreats to clove and coriander. Wow. Only problem is its syrupiness (?). I wish I had more to test!
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of pears, apples, and Pinot de Charente or any wine based liquor...Apple cider brown and hazy, with almost no head or carbonation. Makes up for it in the mouth, sweet candy sugars, with pear purée, warm alcohol, with a body which reminds one of a jam! Thanks to MaibockAddict for this gem.
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) good frothy white head, very dark brown. Aroma/taste sweet: brown sugar, although very sweet, a bitter after taste. different but good
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 edition in bottle. Pours a dark orange/light brown color and is probably one of the most carbonated beers I've ever seen. Very rocky, uncontrolled head. Had to wait to pour the whole bottle in. Very sweet aroma and taste, but hops come in toward the finish. Definite Belgian flavor, alcohol is clearly evident. An appley sort of flavor seems to dominate. Certainly a unique flavor and worth a try.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed 2003. Pours a rich amber with very little head. The aroma reaches out and grabs my nostril hairs with clenched fists of sour apples and caramel. I take a small sip and an overwhelmed by the sweet alcohol flavor. Raisons and toffee bombard my mouth. Unique but the balance of flavors seems a bit off as it reminds me of a sherry. I'll keep the other bottle for a while and try this again after it has aged.
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like alcohol, yeast, and apple cider. Looks pretty good, no head, though, despite a pretty sincere effort to pour one. Tastes pretty good, *really* sweet, though. Nice palate, not too thick or too thin. Overall it's pretty good, though not usually what I go for.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alcohol aroma with yeast. A thick sweet taste and feel. I did not care for this at all.