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 (1373) - 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.
Pailhead (4820) - 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 (4631) - 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 (4822) - 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.