Caskalefan (165) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 This is an entirely different brew from the 2000 Reserve already rated.
The appearance is a lighter orange than either the standard Stille Nacht, or the 2000 Reserve.
The nose is laden with cloves and bananas, with a light underrpinning of citrus. There is also a cedary/sandpapery note. The head is substantial, and longlasting, and there is a wonderful lace.
The body is chewy, but not so much as in the 2000, and certainly nowhere near a bottle of ’96 I had the good fortune to try, recently.
The palate is banana and clove, with a strong mandarin orange/orange peel undertone, as well as a "tight" array of spices, which are "holidaylike" in nature, but difficult to delineate separately. There is DEFINITELy a stronger hop presence than I am used to in Stille Nacht, and also a sour dryness, and woodiness that is almost austere enough to put me in mind of Calvados. Perhaps it was aged in those casks, since that seems to be a trend, of late.
At any rate, this was a challenging, different flavor, but on the whole, a very rewarding one.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it on Christmas Eve with my family. Cloudy and sediment filled but still a nice orange with large full creamy off white head that produces very nice lacing. Very fruity presensce on top of a yeasty base aroma and a spicy sour fruity presense. Astringent feel, active on the palate. Sharp and spicy light fruit. Grapes give it a wine like venious flavor and feel. Supprised that there isn’t much yeast flavor. There is a sour, slightly alcholic wine finish. Nice set of complex flavors.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught. Starts out cloudy with a nice modest head that lingers a while. Nice malty taste with a slightly bitter finish. A great arly winter beer best suited to late November/early December.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 just fantastic (bottle from brickskeller).
huge aroma: fruity, malty, evidence of the alcohol content, a little woodsy-ness. pours a clear amber with beautiful lacing. Flavor is simply excellent. Maltiness is dominating, but the complexity of the malt notes, the addition of the yeast’s characteristics. excellent brew
second tasting: clear amber, aroma is alcohol, malt, a little fruit...peach/apricot. flavor is a wonderful blend of spice, alcohol, malt, and milt hop bitterness to offset the intense sweetness. great
96 bottling: completely different beer. pours a cherry rose. aroma is winier, but still figs and bread. flavor is an explosion: tart, sweet, full. the tartness dominates...i know there aren’t cherries in the beer, but it really tastes like there could be. phenomenal.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nicely done belgian. hops, alcohol and malt with some hints of fruit intertwined in the nose and taste of this brew. overall very tasty.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pungent, hoppy and incredibly complex tasting beer perfect for a cold winter’s night. Strong alcohol content with hints of scotch-dipped cherries and copper-kettle baked apples. A bit of coriander and orange as well. Packs a punch!
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 2004 on tap at Old Toad in Rochester. Had no expectations when I tasted this beer but was pleasantly surprised when I took the first drink. Aroma of Spice and hops with a nice amber hue with fizzy head that dispersed quickly. Strong flavor with first sip that takes you back at first but then the natural apple spices combine with other various flavors of the season to make a delicious brew. Yeast had a very strong presence that masked the alcohol. I made a special trip back to the bar the next night just to get his beer again. I think they put cocaine in it or something because the flavor was addictive. Need to find this beer again!
Dorqui (2188) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loaded, dense and veiled color. Dense foam much and long-lasting one. Great persistence. Sturdy, strong and decided aroma. Great structure, much liquor with apple notes.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shiny to deep orange color. Little to no head. Spicy and alcohol aroma. Thick and Chewy mouthfeel. Fruity upfront flavor with a dry alcohol finish. This beer definitly continues to grow on you as you drink. Good Stuff.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Even though I left a crapload of yeast in the bottle, a crap load of it still made it in the snifter. Hazy burnt orange, small speckled head. Sweet malt, carmelly tones, yeasty and some banana. Flavor pretty much matches the nose. Heavy on the tongue, but not oily or overly viscous feeling. KInd or boring mouthfeel, it just kinda sits there. Aftertaste is long and strong and bittersweet. Good beer, but a little too sweet.