JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Deep ruddy brown colour with a thin brown head. Huge sweet special B aroma leaps out of the bottle and the glass, plums/prunes, toffee, some light minty notes. A bit of rye bread and chocolate. Flavour doesn’t really live up to the delicious aroma. Very alcoholic, yeasty and bready. Quite dry considering all the sweet aromas. Body is a bit thin and watery and the flavour isn’t what it should be. As it warms it gets really boozy.
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an unimpressive opaque brown with a frothy, finely-bubbled tan head. A pleasantly fruity, raisin-y aroma jumps out as soon as this brew leaves the bottle. I failed to catch the sediment as it left the bottle-- too eager to try this, I guess, so my glass may be more opaque than usual. The taste is sweet, malty, some caramel, with a medium body. Tastes much like an abbey ale. Doesn’t quite hide the powerfully high alcohol content beneath, though, and as I drink more I can feel it warming my stomach like a spirit. Highly carbonated. Not bad, but a little too powerful for me to drink casually, in my humble opinion.
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. Drak brown pour, ruby under light, no real head. Sweet, sugary, slightly alcoholic aroma. Taste is sweet, dark roasts and toffee. Too sweet, too carbonated, too thin. Why bother?
agl108 (928) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Flat Rock Saloon. Pours dark chestnut with white head that dissipated quickly. Nose of caramel and very sweet. Roasted, malty, bitterness with a touch of banana ester in the aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden for 9%.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Russels, Bloomsburg PA. Poured a translucent dark brown with a small creamy off-white head. Malty nose with hints of peat, smaok, toffee, light yeast, and lots of dark fruits. Very similar in aroma to a Scotch Ale. Flavor is sweet maltiness with lots of fruitiness. Notes of dark cherries, some yeast, and light alcohol in the finish especially. Full bodied with very fine carbonation, fairly sticky and cloying in texture. A pretty decent beer, a little lacking in complexity, but overall drinkable.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a reddish brown, and looked dark brownish nearly black in the glass. Brown fizzy audible head. Lots of carbonation, it was like a faucet was on in the bottom of the glass causing an eruption constantly. Aroma of molasses and lots of sugar. Very sweet. Indetectible hop content... Smells of grapes, plums and other dark fruit. Super thin mouthfeel. Acidic at the beginning, but levels off a bit (not quite enough to make this a great beer) and has a high malty character. Quite good, not great. I enjoyed this more than the Tremens.
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - APR 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good flavor for a high alcohol content beer. I immediately wanted another one but sadly realized I only got one as part of a sampler selection to try more beers. I’ll definitely be going back for more.
MiP (14488) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Brown sugar aroma. Very dark brown colour with a red shine. Small, creamy, light brown head. Slightly vinous aroma. Roasted, sweet, vinous flavour with bitterness bordering on malt bitterness. Thin mouthfeel.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. My sister Anne sent me this one. Pours a hazy cloudy dark brown with large, quickly disappearing head. Not a lot of nose, but a bit of the Belgian sourness that is so good in most good brews from this holy land. Decent bitterness, sourness, and a nice roasted quality all come through in the flavor. The high alcohol content really is hidden well in the subdued flavor. This is a nicely done beer. Medium body, sort of silky, with a nice, tiny bubbled carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer.
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms (söder) Stockholm in November 2005.
Dark color. Rather thin scent and flavor, low bitterness. Should have had a bigger bite to it for a 9% beer.