Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 2004 corked bottle.so i pulled off the cage and pulled the cork out of the bottle.it gave a nice "pop" sound and then let off a little "smoke",then folowed a bit of foam.i poured the belgian strong ale into my duvel glass and got a dark red body with a nice 2 inch thick brown head.i let it sit for about 3 minutes so the head could calm down,and then gave it a wiff.it gave off hints of belgian yeast,caramel,molasses,and malts.the flavor was a yummy mixture of the same elments of the aroma,along with some spice,and bubblegum.no alcohol was tasted at all.this is an extremely nice grand cru.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 corked and caged 750ml bottle, pours deep cloudy reddish-brown, foamy tan head that lasts and clings to the sides of my glass, sweet malty, chocolate and brown sugar aroma. Dark chocolate, fruity and yeasty flavors, full body, perfect creamy mouthfeel, finishes sweet. This is an awesome ale.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this at Roman’s on tap. It was known as "The Emperor" name. Anyway, the appearance was bubbling/settling like you see in Guiness (didn’t last as long though). It has a frothy head and a dark color. The aroma was of raisins and roasted malts. The palate was lightly carbonated with a medium body. The flavor was of smoky fruit, cherries, dates, sweet, with a little bit of alcohol.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew pours with a deep amber brown body topped by a thick, quickly disappearing head wtih a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sour yet sweet with a nice dark fruit note, a touch of spice and a nice cookie/bready note. Full bodied, slightly tingly and warming.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2000: Poured brown with thin head...smell was very sweet and doughy...taste was watered down coke and sour bread...finish dry and yeasty...blech...
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA on 1-8-05. 2000 vintage. Browned ruby with a small tan head. Nose is big candy and fruit. Very sweet. Light chocolate too. Taste is fruity and sweet with candy and sweet malts. Some ripened fruit notes as well. Body is surprisingly thinner than expected but has a mild alcohol feel in it. Finishes with more fruit and sweet notes. Light malt coming through with some almost maple notes. Very sweet and candyish overall.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, dark amber, nice lacing, medium off white head dissipates quickly, fruity, molasses, and alcohol aroma, nice smooth malty taste with molasses, leaves sweet aftertaste.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to npdempse for this. First of all, who the hell is Van de Keizer and what does he have to do with beer? The Emperor sounds so much better. At any rate, this one is a deep turbid brown color with a gargantuan tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, some hops and spices, and toffee. My father took a swig and said, "That tastes like Bailey’s Irish Cream". Tastes to me like fruit, malt, creamy toffee, candi sugar, and a dubblebocky finish. Super smooth, dense on the palate, and fruity. BUY THIS BEER! A true 500 pound gorilla of the beer world. Thanks again, St. Nick.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big aroma of raisins/dates, alcohol, yeast and malt. Nice mahogeny color with a big dissipating off white head. Significant flavor of sweet malt, Dr. Pepper, raisin, clove and white pepper. Perfect mouthfeel like liquid velvet. Delicious.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 vintage. Dark red/mahoganey. Creamy tan head, lasting. Yeasty fruit aroma w/ chocolate notes. Figgy, spicy apple. Apple lasts into the finish. There is a kind of cobwebby dryness in the body, which is kind of thin, but ok. Overall, a really good drink I was glad to share with good company.