CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A highly surprising beer -- a nice dark-ish Biere de Garde. Well balanced. Reminiscent of a nice belgian single.
SilkTork (5537) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2007
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. Fine mouse carbonation, like a Belgian beer - insistent and tingly and irritating. Needs conditioning and settling before it gets to a level I find palatable. Quite sweet with some chocolate notes from dark malts - possibly crystal and chocolate. Yeasty, alcohol aroma and taste. Nothing hangs together well. - there’s stale flavours which I tend to pick up from crystal malt. Cardboard notes - even though this is live and 7 months within best before date. Vague warm, bitter spices without definition - slightly dry. Gets better, and has some interest, but on the whole I haven’t enjoyed this very much.
probstblueribbon (3698) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle from Montreal (Joanette).
App.: cloudy bright orange-copper with a substantial orange-tan head. Aroma: lovely, spicey molasses, caramel and dried fruits, smells sweet and rich, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove, fruity esters, and a bit of yeast. Liquid spice cake. Palate: medium-full body, effervescent carbonation. Flav.: sweet and malty, spicy, very much like the nose. A Scotch-like smokey background and throw in a bit of licorice as well. Coats the mouth slightly with a mildly alcoholic finish.
I firmly believe that most countries do either beer or wine well, and seldom both. This was an unexpected pleasure. Bravo!
Tmoney99 (13336) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear copper with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus spice aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft caebonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful, totally cloudy auburn pour yields a firm, sticky head. Aroma is slightly tart at first pour, though quickly transforms into a spicy autumn type brew... cinnamon, green apple pie, roasty malts, nutmeg, plump plums. Very nice. Flavor is dissappointing, considering the great aroma... malty, and very harsh, overwhelming minerals and a chunky, bad almond kind of aftertaste.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Warm rusty gold body with a mild yeast load, moderate visible carbonation, and a thick, foamy, and persistent beige head. Sweet toffee aroma with cherry highlights and some breadiness. Some toasty sweet malt and mild esters, but the flavor is surprisingly dry overall. Sparkling mouthfeel with a light-bodied, dry palate. Doesn’t even remotely suggest 8.5% ABV. Fair, but unexceptional.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pours amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of yeast, caramel malts and soft floral hops. Flavor is caramel, some toasted malts, and some floral hops on the finish. Smooth malty palate makes this quite drinkable and a little better than I would have guessed it..
Snoro (303) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 D’une odeur forte et d’apparence brumeuse avec une belle robe et dentelle. d’un bonne saveur et sans arrière-goût. Dans son ensemble, elle est une bonne bière forte avec un bon goùt épicé.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Red with an off white head. Aroma of yeast, light malts, some floral hops, and some spice. Flavor, fruity, some yeasty/bready notes, floral hops. On the sweet side, with a little bitterness. Surprisingly enjoyable.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 33 cl bottle. Cloudy amber colour and quite fizzy. The head is big and beige. Malty and spicy aroma, with also yeast and some alcohol and roasted notes. The flavour is overall sweet, with some bitterness in the finish. medium body, average carbonation, medium finish. Surely lacks something to be called a classic, but is a very nice beer.