cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/2/03. On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 12/2/03. Pours a dark amber-brown with light-to-decent head and not much lacing. Light scent that's fruity with a little caramel and candi sugar. Pretty harsh carbonation and alcohol on this beer. Harsh bitterness and spice. This beer is hot! Golden tart yeastiness and sugary malt. Numbingly dry and bitter. I'm not crazy about this beer, nor any of Delirium's beers really, but it is pretty decent.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange-bronze. Head is off white, lace is nil. This beer is hazy, regardless of the fact that I poured it carefully after allowing ample time to settle.
Nose is fruit candy, caramel, molasses and old wine. There is a great deal of complexity here, and I expect a worthy brew. Keep in mind I wrote this part on a paper napkin prior to appearing on the Cold Pizza show.
OK, we popped this cork after the show, as it didn't seem possible to do it during the show. Shared it with a few members of the crew, and my loyal assistant. Whoa. Nice front flavor of rich malt, candy sugar and rich, port depth. Smooth, fruity and delightful.
I imagine sitting in front of a warm fireplace, roasting my toes and sipping this from a chalice as I read my favorite book. Cheers.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a great creamy head with good retention. Taste is so full and malty, the mouthfeel ends up being more important than the actual taste. Slightly sweet with some esters (plum?), with a roasty bitterness in the finish. Great beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hopleaf, Chicago, December 2003. I didn't take great notes on this one, alas -- too drunk by then, or just reeling from the nectar that was Girardin? Never mind, this was an excellent spicy brownish strong concoction, with nice raisins and brown sugar along with hints of allspice and cinnamon. Not the most complex thing out there, but very drinkable and balanced.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750 ml. Bottle) The red foil that covers the cork and cage has to go on these bottles. It is a nuisance to remove.
Pours a medium brown with amber highlights and a medium-sized beige head. Has a fruity, caramel, and spicy flavors with a hint of port.
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light bitter aroma. Spicy & sweet. Cherry skin, pear, & fruity. Dark ruby brown & bit cloudy with lacing off-white head. Medium carb & body. Sweet malt. Fruity, port, yeast. Alcohol. Spicy, pepper. Sweet heavy finish & nutty sweet after. Light bitter.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - DEC 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. white painted bottle. 15/03 date seen on cork. Must be the 2003 batch. Corked & caged, with a stupid red foil covering over the cork & cage. Poured out a deep amber color, with a fast fading, frothy white head. It did leave a decent lacing in my Chimay chalice, however. Aromas are of Belgian candi sugar, bready yeast, and slight fruitiness. Malt aroma is subdued, as well as the hops. Very sweet on the palate, no spiciness whatsoever. Finished too sweet for my liking. I thought this beer would have been much better than it was.
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
More hops than most of the other Belgian winter beers I've tried this year. Had this on tap. Medium to dark brown in color with a good rocky head in the glass. Aroma is rich and spicy - slightly clovelike with a dried dark fruit hint - raisins or maybe currents. Flavor is big. Huge malt presence, along with the blend of fruits, sugars and spicieness. Finishes with a nice hop bite - which is sorely needed to help balance out the body. This beer packs a wallop too - 3 of these and I was ready for bed!
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly reddish brown with a short lived cream colored head. Sweet banana yeasty aroma with a faint spicyness. Sweet acidic fruit flavor with a slightly sour aftertaste (also a little chalky). This beer really does not match my drinking preferences.
BeerandBlues2 (8984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan with little head. Fruity with some caramel notes. Sweetly acidic and spicy with a hint of citrus. Dry and tart on the palate.