kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper color, fine lace on glass, but the head colapses rather quickly. Intensly malty aroma with fruity(white/green raisin) and alcohol with a touch of black pepper. Flavor is also initially malty but well balanced and finishes a little on the sweet side, but not cloying. A very slight clove flavor shows up in the aftertaste; Alcohol is warming, body is medium full and has a drying, but not astringent mouthfeel.
document (36) - USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first sip is the most interesting and the best. Had it on tap, and I liked it well enough. The raisins are rather noticeable, and it's obvious that a belgian yeast was used. As complex as a fine red wine? Maybe not, but fairly pleasant beer.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed it on tap and now the bottled version. Aside from some sugar sweetness and a bit of yeast in the aroma, there is something else I can't quite pin. Poured a clear reddish, dark copper color with a thick off white head which diminshed but lasted. Sweet, malty flavor with belgian yeast prominant, as well as some pepper, faint chocolate and a bit of raisin flavor. Pleasant and well balanced hop aftertaste. Slightly oily mouthfeel that is well rounded. Clean. Very interesting.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby color; light head, but nice; strong alcohol smell crowds sweet fruity taste; slight over carbonation problem; dry finish; absolutely delightful. Nice happy hour drink, very relaxing.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet bubblegum, banana or clove (I actually get these mixed up), and just a hint of alcohol in the aroma and flavor. Complex and interesting. It was a little too sweet for me.
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect points all around on this one. One of its key ingredients is green raisins, and they certainly sweeten the mix. But not too sweet, mind you. Easy to get into and enjoy from start to finish.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light chestnut color with a light mocha head. Conglomeration of aromas, with light fruit and sugar. Also an amalgamation of flavors. Honey, fruit and candi make this an interesting quaff. Not a session ale. To be honest my rating may be skewed down as I was out and about and tried this during a session. Not really the time to have this one.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beet sugar? Raisins? who would have thought? this stuff is bomber, and is almost like candy. buy some for the kids!!
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber with large tan head.Complex, faintly yeasty malty nose.Pepper malt flavor, with slighlty dry spicy hop finish
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color is amber/mahogany with ruby glints. The fine bubbles present as thin, cream-colored head. The nose is rich with sweet toasted malt and a nuance of broth (agar?). The medium-bodied palate continues the sweet maltiness, but adds a raisiny sweetness and some bready/brothy qualities toward the finish.