80skid (65) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similar to chimay bleu in many aspects but tastes a little drier. The finish is also a little different in that it has a slightly foul, alcohol, malty aftertaste to it which was the major drawback. Otherwise, not too shabby.
Tejas (851) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big frothy head gets high marks with me. Big malty flavor will too. Not too fruity. Sort of a dry palate. Alcohol is hidden well. Not as good as the Noel or the Tremens but still a quality brew.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown, pours with fair head. not too much smell, decent taste. the high alcohol is noticable. starts off smoothly, very neutral aftertaste
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Much better than the ’Tremens’ offering, this one is sweet and sour and makes a good sippin’ brew.
Gachupines (798) - USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is dark brown with a lingering head. Taste is malty with a fairly bitter finish. Not too bad, but not overly impressive.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
75cl bottle, cork dated 2003. Raisins and grapes in the nose. Thick head falls leaving slight lace behind. A nice look and good fruity aroma lead to a very vacant tasting beer. Just nothing there. Alcohol doesn’t show up, but nothing else beside some dark malt and corkiness. Nothing attractive or redeeming here. Empty.
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small head. Smells sweet, almost eggnoggy, raiseny, etc. Very nice. Flavor is slightly strongly weak (make sense?), and the alcohol is well hidden. Finishes bitter, but overall the alcohol is well hidden. Nice.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick whipped froth with significant staying powers. It sits like a crown on the burnt caramel colored beer.
Aroma of strong froot bomb mixed with alcohol that totally reminds me of some old-timey health tonic. Smells too, of day old pee pants from my toddler.
Nice smoke and dry woody palate players drumming along on this wicked jammy roller coaster. Layers of thick fruit jams stuck to the bottom of the pan; apple butter cooked thick and sticky in a cast iron kettle. The alcohol kicks the dark malts into blackstrap molasses. Overall, it tastes like fruit cake with some dark toasted walnuts and filberts, and maybe some chestnuts. Alcohol all over. A bit rough, a bit sweet.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured out a thick brown with a large frizzy tan head. The aroma is predominantly alcohol, medicinal like, with scents of dried fruits and mild spicing. It’s kind of syrupy to drink, coating the mouth and throat with alcohol. Tastes like alcohol, maple, anise... not in the best of flavor blendings. Strong alcohol finish.
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice syrupy body, not nearly as fruity as I imagined, which I thought was great. Slightly bitter, thanks to Biscuit from The Forum for recommending it to me!