Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2000 vintage. Tastes faintly of cola. Very sweet with a bready dry finish with some unidentifiable spice on the finish. overall very weak and thin. I was very disappointed in this on. It is not worthy of a 4+ overall.
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2004) pours like burnt caramel, medium fizzly off-white head, strong carbonation, with rather sticky lacing. Figs, dates, raisins, and nutty caramel on the nose. Strong dark pitted fruit flavor up front, malty and sweet, with a slight hints of molasses. Full bodied, good mouthfeel. Warming finish, malty sweet, with a lingering fig/prune like flavor. Great beer, that I bet would only get better with age!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby Coloring. Big Tan Head. Lordy, This be a Wonderful Brew! Everything About This Is Great. Worth Keeping in the Cellar. Spices, Chocolate. Sweet and Thick Going Down. Bit Dry and the End but Continues to be Complex. Go Get Some!
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(vintage 2004, 11.0 % ABV) Clear dark mahogny colour, medium, thick beige head. Deep, fruity and malty aroma. Pear, banana, toffee, caramel, luxury chocolate, and whimps of oily alcohol in aroma. Oh. My. God! This tastes great. Very deep and caresing malty flavour of dark plums, pear, light and dark chcocolate, sweet licorice and dried apricot. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Long well-rounded finish of mega deep malts. Yes, a new favorite beer!
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
There is a brilliance of dazzling flavor that totally consumed me. The pour was pleasantly inviting, fluffy and fresh, with a sharp aroma enchancing its allure. The aroma permeates the nostrils with rich cherry and licorice tones. Most impressive is the sensational flavor that awakens the senses.....alcoholic with an authentic wholesomeness of sweet honey, semi-sweet chocolate, and natural goodness. This is something to write home about......vivid with life’s natural pleasures.
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2010 Original Rating, 10/4/04, likely 2004 vintage. Pours a ruby color with a foamy, tan head. Oh man... the aroma alone... bread, spice and chocolate. The flavor was just fantastic. Nutty and malty off the bat, but rolling in waves are fruit, sugar, chocolate... and then it gets even deeper and darker with hits of tobacco and leather. What the fudge? This was fantastic and would probably blend together some with aging. Killer.
2005 Vintage, tasted 12/7/2010. Murky brown color with a large head. Large brown sugar and yeasty aroma. Malt and toffee. It did actually smell like a Flemish Sour at first, but that vanished quickly. Malty and sugary flavor. Spice and some spearmint. Yeasty. Upon warming, some tobacco and leathery notes. Very grand. Not 100% sure that 5 years improved it a ton, but it certainly didn’t hurt it.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Poured into the proper Gouden Carolus chalice.
Beautiful color! Dark mahogany with hints of ruby and magenta. Long lasting head stayed till the last sip but the slippery lace fell apart...damn.
The nose was full of discarded banana peel that had been baking in the sun for three days, brandy, clove, sugar, red licorice, sweet dark fruits and alcohol. Nice nose on this one!
This was one excellent tasting beer! Raisins, plums, figs, banana peel, clove, lots of sugar, brandy, red licorice and a hint of alcohol. As the ale warmed the alcohol became less pronounced which was really impressive. So many diverse and dynamic flavors while being so smooth and drinkable. Warming mouthfeel and very heavy in the mouth.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a tall and sturdy light brown head on a dark brown/red body. Aroma is full and sweet of prunes, raisins, citrus and berries. Sweet and sugary in the flavor and rather heavy. Berry notes, some alcohol but not too much and a dry end. Really nice and tasty but a full bottle (70cl) is too much!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pop! Goes the cork...pours a dark, plummy, raisinish color, with a small-to-nonexistent head, poof!, she’s gone....
Aroma is a heady blend of dark fruits, the aforementioned and more, cherries, etc., and a rich, sweet, molasses-like component that soon blends together to provide a brandyish feel. Dark and mysterious, urging me to finally put lips to cup.
Huge mouthfeel, lush and delicious, and...hooo! It’s happening, that uncommon feel from an ale that washes a sort of wonderfulness all throughout the senses, lays waste to the skeptical mindset, the analytical eye, and provides nothing but pleasure...whoa...sweetness resides in every sip, but never cloys, malt is large, and the texture is so rich and warm, the ABV appearing in full force, that the flavor never leaves the mouth.
Oh, wow, this is good. goodness upon goodness, tasty to the max...I haven’t said yum yet, but it’ll come in handy here!
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
2004. Rich in red berries and candi sugar. Small malty nose, and a bit woodsy. Sweet and probably needs to develop for a couple of years.