tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled 1999 version had a deep amber color with low head but alcoholic aroma. Medium-bodied with a toffee flavor and dry, malty finish. The hops seemed faded as did the accompanying flavors.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It could be that this keg didn’t travel well to the East coast, but this was not a very drinkable strong ale. Tasted like wet paper.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liked the rich ruby/mahogany body with thin tan head. Aromas of caramel malts and fresh hops are joined by molasses and chocolate notes. Some nuttiness and chocolate through the slightly sweet flavours mingle with a well balanced hop bitterness. Finishes long with what seemed to my crazed taste buds to be some ginger. Overall impression is of a malty brew with some hops for character - I’ll need to try more to know if I loved it or just thought it was solid. Could probably have aged more too.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a beer that has a rich roasted malt base note with an nutty flavor and interesting bitter back bite. I was surprised by the complex interplay of malty sweetness, nutty flavor notes, and hop bitterness. Nice brew.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 edition. Pretty mahogany color with small off-white head. Aroma is of caramelized malt and busuits. Taste starts out smooth with the same caramelized malt flavor, some roastiness, and a bitter finish with some lingering malt. I will save some of this to age because I think it will do that nicely.
Braudog (5578) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark maroon with a firm tan head and a big piney aroma. Very rich flavors tingle right away ... heavy roasted malt, bitterly alcoholic, with a sour chocolate finish.
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I recently purchased a 2004 batch. After sampling 2 out of the 6 bottles, I will definitely let the remaining 4 age for 60-90 days before re-sampling. Overall , it is a fine full-bodied ale. Quite an astringent front on the palate, but finishes surprisingly smooth. The classifiction of an ASB is not what I have experienced from the first 2 samplings. A barleywine character better resembles what I have tasted thus far.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, nose is chocolate, caramel, cherries. Anise, chocolate and cherries in the flavour. Quite a good beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark in colour, medium sized head. Nose is malty and gritty. Nothing too exciting to say about this one. Only got a small taste of this thing.
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy brown out of the bottle with a nice sized white head. Aroma is chocolate and hops. Flavor is intense chocolate with a nutty aftertaste. This is probably the most "chocolate" tasting brew i have ever had and it is quite tasty. Alcohol is well hidden which makes this very easy to drink.