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 (5497) - 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 (8376) - 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 (1440) - 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.
skortila (4801) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cl Bottle 2003. Aroma is superb. Very delicate. Caramel, malty, butter, licorice, some fruity notes (banana/oranges) and nutty. Hazy, brown coloured with a lasting, brown head, which looks quite good. Taste could use some extra aging, so I guess i’ll get an older bottle next time. Caramel - malty flavour, toffee, raisins, nuts, butter, some yeast and fruits. Pleasant, smooth palate. Very well balanced brew.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
01.01.05 750ml bottle, 2004. My bottle claims 10%, not the 11% shown here. Mahoganey brown pour with fluffy tan head that quickly fades to a lingering film. Dark, rich, boozy, fruity aromas fill the air -- maple syrup, raisin, plum, banana, cookie. Big nougat flavors, more maple, beechplum, light cocoa. Only a light spiciness despite a solid alcohol presence. Delicious brew this. I’m quite glad to have a few socked away.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 Vintage. Hazy dark brown, great head. Aroma from cinnamon, plums, toffee, banana, licorice and cocoa. Flavor brings cream, toffee, cocoa, some coffee, banana, peach and also some whisky notes. in the finish. Very, very good.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of molasses, ruby, with a good sized toffee head. Flavours of rich malt, caramel and butterscotch. Quite sweet, full bodied, entirely too easy to drink. Great!