axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy friggin’ head!!! None stop flow. I had to take this into the bathroom and pour some off into a glass. After a few minutes, I looked back at the bottle and it was overflowing with suds again. The beer itself pours a serious dark red/broen color with a merangue of a head that hasn’t moved in a while. Aroma is spicy clementines with a little clove action. Has that signature lemony tartness but there’s a lot of other tastes that kind of drown it out. A bit sweet at first, like a citrus candy. Later starts to become a little dirty, some barnyard, pepper, cigar, and sweaty leather. A very good balance. Not too much of any flavor. All working together very nicely. My favorite Fantome to date.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Large fizzy ivory head that was mostly lasting, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, transparent, fizzy carbonation, and a reddish hue. Sweet, spicy and some alcohol in the aroma. Sweet, sour, tart, some spicyness, vinuous flavor. Medium body.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Amber-brown, frothy tan head. Earth, dust, pepper, slightly burnt toast, dash of cinnamin. Drinks w/ a rich malt character & high CO2 sets if for a sharp, bitter finish. Aroma harken back to memories of an old wet leather shoe at times...and so fondly I recall sniffy that shoe, rollicking in the wet leaves of this beer. Some acidity in the lingering raisin and pepper...very rustic, earthy ale. Quite Good, but could it ever measure up to those bottles of Deep Winter 2000 I used to have??? I can’t see it, but I think i’ll sit on a bottle or 2 for some years to find out.
Dorwart (2520) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin ring of foam is the head after pouring. Lively surface with very good carbonation. Rich aroma with raisins, brown sugar, yeast, spices and a slight sour note. Color is a murky dark orange brown. Wow! lots of spices in the flavor mainly cloves but some ginger and cinnamon also. Quite tasty. Little sour fruit and raisins again. Little fizzy in the mouth and has a spicy and sour ending. I am liking this a lot right now but am not sure how I am going to feel about it after 750 mL. Spices may get to me by then.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Beautiful reddish beer, slightly hazy with a decent head. Typical Fantome spicyness although I cannot pinpoint which spices. Some hints of licorice. Nice. 240501
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful hazy orange/copper with a fizzy, tiny tan head. Aroma is sourdough, coriander, anise, orange rind scrapings and lemon drops. Citrusy oranges make their presence felt early on in the flavor profile. Nutmeg mixes with a profound tartness to add yet another nuance to this little gem. Sweet and sour - and subtly spiced – matched with a husky malt bill to fall back on. Somewhat effervescent. Long, bitter finish accompanied by orange crème. Nice.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this was my favorite of the big europeans we tasted.Hugh aromas of spice and cigar.Flavors of a cigar with some vanilla chasing it.Also had some cinnamon and nutmeg to go along with it.finish was like a fine cigar.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky medium brown with off white head. Initial aroma is sour but turns to spice as it warms. Flavor is all spice, cinnamon and ginger. Would be a perfect winter beer, IMO.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poours cloudy deep amber with a big bubbly head. Nose of vanilla co ke and sourness with some yogurt. Flavor is intensely sour like cream soda with a shot of lemon juice. Body is med-light. Finish is dry.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Bottle courtesy of Styles. Very sweet aroma with some cinnamon and spice. Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with barely any transparency. Small off-white head. Sweet and fruity (cherries and melon) and lightly tart with tons of spice. The funky sour melon and spice finish doesn’t appeal to me all that much.