ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle. Smells like Westy 12. Molasses; rich, promises great things. Murky and muddy. Brown with orange highlights on the edges of the glass. Not much lace or head. Thick. Sweet, candied sugar. Really good. Perfectly balanced. Not as carbonated as other Belgian strongs I have sampled, which is good. Almost a perfect beer. Outstanding, although expensive at $10 a bottle.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 Sweet marzipan, brown malts and chocolate apparent in the earthy and yeasty aroma. Opaque brown with tan head that diminishes to thin ring. Very sweet, simple malt flavour with plenty of dark fruitiness. A little bit thin in the mouth but not offensively so. Low carbonation. Strong alcohol warming. Bottle (2000 vintage) enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Bottle (2001) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and a gang of bierophoux - noted a spiciness in the aroma and found the strong carbonation very pleasing on the tongue.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003. Poured deep brown, with a great aroma coming off of it. Spicy and yeasty, this smells great. Flavor is full of deep ripe fruits (raisins), more spice, and wonderful richness. Very good.
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 bottle, duvel tulip glass: ding! this is it! dark brown body with ruby highlight. thick tan sparkling head that clings to the glass and diminishes in a mannered rockiness. aroma, yes. flavor, yes. palate, yes. cremey, smooth, full, rich, satisfying... complete; its style is actually deep. it has just enough of it all to me. fruit, smoke, alcohol, nuts, spice, and caramel. this is not sour. itís sweet like vanilla, a bit salty like a smoked meat, and barely bitter as if to balance. mmm, mmm, belgianicious. as it warms, i warm. very nice!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I have managed to sample this beer from a bottle several times and each time it raises some in my esteem. Imagine my joy when upon entering my favorite bar I find that they have it on draft. I could not resist.+++ This wonderful brew poured a dark black color with no head to speak of. The aroma was sour fruit and hops with a hint of smoke. The flavor was fruity, slightly sour, slightly malty with a hint of smoke. The fruit lingers on the finish. Absolutely fabulous!
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
As Grand Cru of the Emperor. Fruity toffee, light vinegar, grapes. Amber brown clear with thin head. Thin body with light-medium carbonation. Sour ale faro combination, pretty sweet with tangy fruit notes. Light vinegar acidity. Fruity wine, alcohol after. Maybe the lines were bad, but I thought it was a Flemish sour ale.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 04 Vintage. Pours a deep mahogany color, tan head, very short lived with very little lacing. Great aroma of port, raisins, cherry, caramel, and candy. Sweet all the way. Flavor was very nice, sweet, candyish, dark cherries, chocolate. Flavor was fairly up front but left no finish. Pretty full body, this bottle said it was 10% and it could not be detected at all. All around a very solid beer, that clean aftertaste was the only thing that took away from it at all. Originally 9/3/7/4/16
On a re-tasting, this showed some signs of improvement, even after only an extra few months in the bottle. Most notable was the longer finish I got.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage--dark red to brown, not much carbonation. Extremely drinkable, with very little evidence of the 8% abv (as stated on the bottle). Malt dominates the flavor, couldnít quite detect the hops.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark ruby/brownish color, creamy tan head. nose of toffee, fig, and alcohol. light hoppy start with lively carbonation, creamy texture. sweet malty flavor, light banana/butterscotch? alcohol well hidden. light dry finish.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome dark beer with a mahogany veil to it. Thick head and a nose that pulls me in. Chocolate, tootsie roll, cherry, cream all dance in the goblet. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, with more chocolate, malt, fruit, spice, and a finish that Iím still tasting the next day. Great beer though I think Syd is right that a cold winters day might be more appropriate.