austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delicious! I’m shocked that I absolutely loved this beer. The 10% abv is extremely well-hidden and the malty sweetness and complexity are just fantastic. Nice fruits (oranges) in the body and light spiciness to boot. Sensational brew if you go for a sweeter, malty, beer that tastes like it’s 7%.
smoosh (534) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - cloudy red with a beautiful creamy head - almost looked like a nitro pour. Very fruity in nose and flavor. Cherry and berries are what really jumped out at me. Long, slightly sour finish. Sweet and very nice!
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thanks to npdempse for this one. Pours turbid brown with a big, creamy tan head. Aroma of big fruit, berries, spices, slight detergent. Tastes malty, very fruity, with some spices, caramel, and nuts at the finish. Full bodied, well balanced, and absolutely delicious. Christmas is over, but you should still get out there are grab some of this for yourself.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002, Draft: Liquorice dominates aroma with some chocolate and dried fruit (raisins, prunes, apricots) notes. Brown edging on amber with a beige lasting head. Aniseed, spice, chocolate, caramel, raisins and apricots all in the flavour. Smooth full bodied feel. Very nice beer.
arhythmt (69) - USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First, I should note that I drank a bottle of the 2004 vintage, which was probably way too early but I couldn’t help myself. This beer has a somewhat sweet, but not fruity, essential flavor, almost like a tawny port but without the spice. A lot of subtle berry flavors abound. I had a glass of vintage Noel this summer and it was much better than the ’04, but that must be due to age. I definitely recommend picking up a few bottles and aging them for a few years at least.
rajendra82 (930) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer came in a handsome 750 ml. bomber with the obligatory wire cage and cork. As the cork was pulled the wonderful aromas of cherry, brown sugar, and slightly grass hops filled the air. The pour revealed the body to be quite dark brown, with a small head that was short lived. The carbonation level was quite low. The taste was spicy, roasty, and not the least bit boozy. Brown sugar, cinnamon, mint, and nutmeg were the stars of the show here followed by a crackling dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was full but not overbearingly so. The alcohol was sneakily hidden under these layers. This is good craftsmanship.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml corked and caged, Dark and cloudy reddish-brown in color, big thick clingy brown head, sweet fruity and bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety mouthfeel, finishes a little sweet, this is a great Belgian ale, very drinkable and tasty.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red color. Quickly dissipating head. Great aroma of sweet candi. Spicy and sugary taste. A very nice christmas beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep chestnut color. Tan head. Very malty and sweet. Yeast and cola in aroma. Medium bodied. Very nice
IndianaRed (2154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#400 Pours out a hazy mahogny color with a small light tan head. Fine lacing is maintained very well. Aromas are a very nice combination of caramel, apple ciderplums, brown sugar and just a little of that classic Belgian spice. Flavors are much the same. Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar with some smokey notes as well. The high ABV is noticeable but plays well together with the other flavors. Fine but lively carbonation and a slightly bitter woody aftertaste. Very nice way to close out 2004 Thanks for the recomendation Larry Pitonka