footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very murky,not unlike a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery,brown with a shitload of it ending up on my kitchen counter.Nose is luscious sweetness.Syrupy and fruity. This taste fantastic.Heavy in the sweetness but lots of overripe fruits and even some kinda’ funky spices white boy.Thick and lingering on the tastebuds.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured badly by the bartender. Poured a purple color with very little head. Aroma had brown sugar, toffee, caramel, chocolate and rum. Taste kicks your ass with the alcohol at first but smooths out. The toffee becomes quite pleasant as it goes down. Good chemy mouthfeel. Nice find.
Ratman197 (9536) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of plums and raisins with some vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of plums, raisins, molasses and a hint of spice with a sweet finish.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage. Deep, hazy dark brown body with a frothy, dark cream-colored head. Interesting nose of roasted chestnuts, brown sugar, and earth. Medium-high sweetness with lots of molasses character and some interesting underlying depth. Seems young and the sweetness overpowers a bit. I need to lay a bottle down for a few years to see if this improves with maturity. Good, but not mind-blowing.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany with a light, frothy head. Aromatics consist of coriander and orange peels (almost like a Witbier). A moderate brown sugary and dark fruit sweetness keeps this well-tempered and uncloying. A sense of cedar in the dry, lingering finish. Alcohol is covered extremely well and only becomes apparent as the brew warms. Perhaps a little thin and watery but, then again, I may have been expecting this to be syrupy. Plenty (in volume and strength) to share with a friend or somebody you want to get friendly with.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 750 mL bottle. Brilliant deep ruby pour when held to light. Creamy beige head, and wonderful lacing as this went down. Aroma was very full and chock fulla deep, dark fruits (plums, raisins, pomegranate, prunes), some alcohol, floral hops, a subdued breadiness, earth, and lots of other well-balanced goodness. Flavor was a wonderful blend of all the great components of the aroma.. the rich, fruity malt base was perfect for the chewy, bready Belgian yeast, floral and mildly bitter hops, and alcohol above. Very smooth on the palate, which allowed the flavors to creep across the tastebuds with all their goodness. Alcohol was more apparent as this warmed, but only as a complement to the flavor and the finish. Very wonderful treat all around!
blankboy (5972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of HogTownHarry -- Vintage 2004. Pours a dark hazy reddish-brown with a large light-brown head, with lots of bubbles, this looks downright perfect. Aroma of malt, toffee, dark fruit, alcohol and sugar -- it smells great! The flavour is nothing to scoff at either, man this is tasty! Flavour reminds me of sherry -- I taste cherries, sweet malt, alcohol, brown sugar, toffee, a touch of hops and much more. Medium to full bodied. The alcohol warms the tummy but is very subtle for a 11% beer. Gets even better as it warms. A fantastic beer, what a treat -- thanks Harry!
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle (750ml - dated 2004). Shared with blankboy. Poured deep dark clear chestnut with an average light brown (almost reddish) head. Aroma - mmmmm - tons of mysterious yeast, dark, resiny, oily musty roast malt - I hear trolls and Peer Gynt in the distance! Very fruity (raisins, prunes, dried apples), chocolate toffee, anise, oak. Taste is surprisingly light - very much oaky roast malt, with a hint of hops helping the alcohol bitterness along - this is definitely a winter warmer, snuggle up to the fire and drink yourself happy and toasty with one of these. Mouthfeel only average body, slightly lively, definitely thin syrupy. I love this style, my only beef is it could be a little thicker. Yum.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No#57. (2002). Outstanding beer we have here and for only 6 euro’s winner. Aroma is molasses, dark fruits with some liquorice, great. Taste is similar with the oaked appley aged taste even comign through after only this many years, this all adds to a full body with a nice complimenting sweetness. excellent stuff.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 Rating the 2005. Pulled the cork slowly and carefully, like from a bottle of vintage champagne ... without eruption. Somehow this seems better than a mere 4.5 ... I guess this beer is more than just the sum of its parts. Beautiful reddish brown, with a small tan head that slowly vanishes, leaving lacing behind. Great nose of chocolate and toffee. Taste is sweet — a big full mouth of chocolate and toffee and maple sugar, with fresh figs and earthy fruitiness, with a little bitterness to offset the sweetness, and a tad too much unhidden alcohol, like a barelywine, for perfection. Mouth is just a litte too cloying to be perfect ... not enough carbonation to offset the thick sweetness. OK, I’ve told you why it’s not perfect. But it sure is great! // Great, yes. But after retasting I need to recalibrate slightly.