brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A soft tempting malt and Christmas spice aroma, smooth as silk malt with vanilla and butterscotch hints,as good as a palate can get, wonderfully blended, but just not big enough to be rated any higherat least yet.
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 39152. Golden ale with reddish copper hues, and a thcik creamy off-white head. Good malty aroma with sweet sugar and scotch barrel notes. Light malt base with stricking alcohol warmth lingering pleasantly in mouth. Some pears detected. Good hops in finsih, with roasted nuts notes.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle number 60735--one pint. Pours a cloudy ruby amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hoppy, fruity aroma with notes of wheat and orange...maybe grapefruit as well. Sharp, full flavor of citrus and hops. Finishes with a hoppy punch. Leaves the palate craving a bit more, however. Overall, not bad, not bad.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 91879) Very large beige head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, bready, some earthy, vanilla, light herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light raisin, toffee, minimal bitterness. Finishes with moderate alcohol. Watery medium-full body. Too much alcohol presence, and in my opinion, definitely a notch below earlier vintages I have tried (99-01).
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (No. 80180). A reddish orange color with an off-white head. A bready malt aroma with butterscotch, raisins, and toffee. The flavor has caramel, hazlenuts, tofee, bready malts. Rich and complex for the style.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Clear dark copper with a thin beige head. Nose: raisons, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Taste: alcohol, vanilla, hazelnuts, toffee and did I mention ?, alcohol. Might be a nice beer in a few years but itís too young and raw right now.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ihave always had this one aged a few years so it will be interesting to try it aged. Bright sparkling copper body topped by a frothy light manila head. The aroma is spicy hops and lightly sweet malts. Remonds me a bit of their ESB. The flavor is much more hoppy than an aged variety (duh!). Sublte sweet and spicy malts. Medium body with a bit of acidity in the finsih. Lingering hoppy bitterness. I like this one young rahter than aged. Good stuff.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of similarities to the 2000, but obviously fresher all around. hops alot more noticable, malts took a back seat for this trip. Alcohol was a bit more potent and had hints of caramel floating around. Definitly a brew to let sit around your cellar before consumption though.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glassy dark red amber color and a thin head. It might be a partial congestion on my part, but im only getting a faint fruity malt smell off this. Very subtle flavor behind the initial strike from the bitterness and alcohol presence. The flavor is a smooth malty, slightly roasted and quite earthy. A fine beer to ring in the new year.
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper colour with a small tan head. Aroma is strong and sweet, with dried fruit, caramel, licorice and alcohol notes. Flavour kicks off with some sweetness - brown sugar and dried fruit - then gets smoky & woody, moving into a bitter hop finish. The high alcohol is obvious, but not unwelcome on a cold winterís night. I expect those edges will mellow with age, but even in this young state, itís a very nice beer.