skoisirius (1880) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe. Pours a darker amber with a hint of brown. Larger frothy tannish white head that definitely stick around for most of the glass. Aroma has hints of dark fruit and Belgian sweet malts that are quite thick. Flavor brings a Belgian sweet yeast and malt taste while also hinting on vanilla, cherries, darker sugars, and caramel. Palate lingers with the sugar and malts for the most part. 9% ABV is hidden well. I’d definitely drink this many times again!
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Immy’s Tasting, courtesy of Secret Santa Eve! So much good stuff was going around at the point this came out that I’m not sure how many people got the chance to try it. Too bad, as it was excellent. Medium towards dark amber color. Rich aroma of dark cherry, with a hint of molasses, quite rich. Flavor matched, with a bit of a vanilla note as well. Very, very nice, great way to finish off a great tasting event.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle on 10/22/2010. Clear golden body with a small white head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Sweet caramel and fruit flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/3/7/4/15 - 3.6
Rating on 7/22/2006. From Immy’s Tasting. Clear dark amber color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of dark and chocolate malt. Flavor of sweet malt and caramel.
7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep bronze with thin head, full fruity aroma, layers of sweet malt and yeast, dried fruit and toffee. Really delicious and warming.
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark colour and some white head. Lovely yeasty and malty aroma, with bourbon in background. Complex taste,sugar or the like added. It did not hurt to hold it to about 4 months after being bottled. Satisfying and like a wine with dinner as every food prompted a different taste stimulus.Tad sour aftertaste. thanks HogtownHarry.
DocLock (8597) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for another great one. Pours turbid deep coppery/brown/ruby edged with 1-finger, creamy off-white head. Also, as I poured I noticed ribbons of dark brownish sediment. Aroma of big fruit, some rauchy malts, some hopcitrus, and some brown sugar. Nice intense, complex aroma. The flavor is very fruity, with some figs, berries, pear, apple, and plum notes, plus a solid hops and citrus back end. The whole thing stays on the sweet and fruity side throughout, at times approaching a barleywine profile but then seemingly backing off a bit and becoming more of a slightly tart, heavily fruity IPAish beer holistically. Whatever you want to call it, it is a damned fine brew.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a ruddy brown that is barely luminescent with little head and a faint effervescence. A thick doughy aroma with a fruity background and some perceptible hops. Very tasty, rich and sweet with an array of candy fruits before leaving you with a lingering bitter-sweetness. The palate, like the beer is rich and thick and feels creamy in the mouth. Quite good!
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: poured reddish amber with a small tan head. Aroma is of wet tobacco, iced tea, light caramel. Sweet flavor with dark fruits and caramel. Light bitterness in the finish. I can’t tell if I like this or not. Flavors seem to be all over the place.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is slight, with only a touch of sweetness and sucrose. Palate is very sticky and sweet as it enters the mouth, with lots of candi sugar, brown sugar, sweet cherries. I notice none of the brett they mention. A rich and filling beer, that could do with reducing sugars and bringing out the brett.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany with a foamy white head and some lace. Aroma is very sweet with caramel. Dark fruits are in the mix as well. Slight yeast and/or bread smells, too. The flavor is much the same as the aroma but bittering hops come in to the equation. A touch more in the spice department as well. The end is a bit bitter and some heat shows up. Thick and chewy body leaves a coat in the mouth.