wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red-brown, hazy with medium tan head and lacing. Lovely Caramel aroma. Flavor is light, caramel and alcohol in aftertaste. Sweet finish. Good beer.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich and warming aroma with plenty of alcohol and caramelised oranges. Pours a deep ruby with a shrinking off-white head and sticky lace. The body is sweet, toffeeish and a tad cloying.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Plan B. Cph. Dk. Red-brown color with a big tan head. Sweet caramel fruity aroma and sweet dry light alcoholic fruity caramel yeasty taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, clear, with a good-sized tan head. Nice sweet nose, with chocolate, grapes, and light licorice or anise notes. Flavor is sweet, with some cider, a touch of anise, raisins, bready yeast, and a good deal of bitterness.
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, decadently sweet offering. Caramel, dark fruit, and orange. Alcohol well hidden. Cloying? Maybe, but I like this stuff.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 Murky brown color with a thin light brown head. Complex and appealing aroma of raisin and figs, sugar, malt and bubble guml. Very rich and enjoyable flavor of figs, malt , raisin, bubble gum and alcohol. Full body, liquorous texture, lively carbonation. Amazing stuff, this is truly a dessert in its own.
Sammy (8395) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 better than a wine, better than a port. Beautiful wine dark. Like a great barleywine, and can be aged for years more.Gorgeous aroma, cherries. Sweet raisin, plum, light brown sugar dry mix. Complementary spices of clove and cinammon wit cherry. Can drink anytime for satisfaction. Medium mouthfeel, not overpowering.This is not the same as the Classic.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle. Ruddy brown shines brilliant scarlet as the glass hits the light. Rapidly disappearing off-white head. Clove-ish sweet aroma with more than a touch of something medicinal and woody. Sweetness though the flavour, and yes it’s yeasty, plummy, spicy, pugh pugh barney mcgrew cuthbert dibbele and grub-y, still subtler than other belgians, carries it off with a sweet ’n sour panache. And three quarters of a litre is very, very enjoyable.
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy red with a quickly disipating tan head. Clove light fruity red wine, cherry, yeast, brown sugar aroma. Sweet but not cloying. Excellent follow through.Yeast, cheese, oak fruit. A little smoke? Gorgeous.
boto (1827) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: This one poured a dark reddish-brown with a thick creamy off-white head. I was suprised that the aroma was a bit weak for the style. There were some noted of fruits (plums et. al.) and caramel. The tatse was much better than the aroma. It had a caramel sweetness, with fruits in the background. The after-taste was a bit sour/tart. A very nice beer.