jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Bottled, blind tasting session: What happened to this beer the past 2? years? This used to be one of my favorites. So full and roasted, licorice, complex yet highly drinkable. And now? Itís so damned sweet! Thereís still some cherry, plum, laurel and licorice but overwhelmed by the sweetness. Did InBev buy John Martin? Bottled, Sep 02, 3.8: Not much aroma at first due to the large head but when warming it becomes yeasty with raisins. Deep red color, light brown head, good lace. Very sweet and sugary start that even increases, light bitter start that increases as well, raisin, hint of varnish. Alcoholic feeling, sticky, warming, good body.
eczematic (1304) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty rum+xmaspud+slight smokiness. smooth, rich and spicy.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong and malty brew, i always have to be in the mood to have beers like these, otherwise you can forget it. Very malty and strong, with a bitter finish, kind of satisfying in a way, quite a smooth body, and a bit of a punch in the face.
leaparsons (7069) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A boozy sweet brune with atypical chocolate notes. Also present are autumn fruits as rich as Xmas pudding. The finish is quite spicy with alcohol. Happy Xmas - even in June.
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2001
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a beautiful amber-brown colour with a fine head and a nice lace. Its aroma is very pleasant and powerful with notes of caramel and chocolate. Its flavour is well-balanced with a nice bitterness but is slightly disappointing in comparison to the aroma. The aftertaste is long and bitter.
rauchbier (3394) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolatey malt aroma, mahogany brown colour and Licorice/malt in the mouth. A good alcoholic winter beer which would be better bottle conditioned.
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eggshell-brown head of foam over a red-bronze brown brew with fine bubbles.
Nicely aromatic, fruity and hoppy aroma.
Sweet and alcoholic full-bodied beer with a hoppy finish (in my opinion) well masked by the all-round sweetness.
Balanced flavour, nice finish.
Not bad at all!
Bov (8158) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 3, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark brown colour, nice head, roasty caramel aroma, sweet, full-bodied, spicy aftertaste