Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of caramel, yeast, fruit, hints of tartness, and light alcohol. Pours a dark red with some transparency and a small off-white head. Flavor is very fruity from start to finish with some light caramel. Finish has some yeastiness and a hint of tartness. Light alcohol and warmth as well.
Fiend (104) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Of all the beers Presario has shared with me I think this is one of the best! Sweet malty aroma with hints of licorice, nuts and butterscotch. Dark brown in color with a thick creamy head. Intense sweet flavor with heavy malt influence...perfectly balanced with the 11%abv. 3/4 through I felt my ears warming up:) Thanks again Presario!!!
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle courtesy of Boutip. Reddish copper reminds me of a dark tea. Long lasting light brown head and lacing. Malty aroma of earth, nuts and alcohol. Sweet warm malty flavour more English than Belgian. You can taste the alcohol (rum or malt whisky?) and dark cookies. This is an excellent beer. Gets better with every intoxicating sip.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBESG 2005, vintage 2002, cloudy amber colour with a beige head. Malty and earthy aroma with some dark fruit sweetness. Flavor has some rasin and plum fruityness along with hints of earth. dry roasted finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. 2003 bottle. Murky brown color. Slight raisin, caramel flavor. Very smooth. Well integrated. Smoothness will become more pronounced with age.
thebeertourist (4610) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle.Deep ruby red with modest off-white head. Liquorice, caramel and bitter chocolate aroma.Soft and oily, full body. Initial sweetness is restrained by good bitterness. Lots of fruit and chocolate flavour. A truly great beer, I cannot wait to get my hands on an older "vintage".
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CvdK 2004. Dark brown with a nice steady head. Sweet nose, raisins, grapes. Again raisins and grapes in the taste, very fruity. Excellent tasteful beer, only the end is a bit off, but the alcohol is very will hidden
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Got a 2003 bottle from Old Town Liquor. Pours thick, clear, orange-brown, with very little head. Aroma is heavily candied fruits, sugars, and raisins. Taste is caramel and candied fruits, with strong malt and holiday spice. Syrupy feel with a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable beer, but only a bottle at a time.
2007, on tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Much better this time. hazy mahogany pour with a short white head. More sherry and plum aroma and taste. More vinuous. Lighter mouthfeel. Less syrupy sweetness. All around an excellent beer.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got four bottles from 2005 and I decided to have the first bottle, aged merely six and a half months, in order to follow the maturing.
Poured into Chimay glass.
Dark red w/ an orangebrown tone, clear. A small, white, beige head.
Smells of fruit, plums, raisin, chocolate and figs.
Flavour is strikingly sweet, fruity acid, mild hopbitterness, a warm maltyness and a sourish aftertaste.
Warm, rich and mellow mouthfeel.
(At the second glass an aroma/flavour of redcurrant and lighter malt appears.)
This needs to be aged. The next one has to be at least a year and a half.
jonas (5441) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle vintage 2002 - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Cloudy amber brown, tanned head.
Somewhat alcoholic raisin and rum aroma.
Bready malt, raisins and brown sugar.