JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice looking pour: reddish brown color with a one finger dirty white head. The mouthfeel is creamy with a very nice clean finish. The flavor has both hoppy & malty elements to it. I enjoyed this one.
MiP (14046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nicely hoppy aroma. Black colour. Nice, creamy flavour, very complex, sweet, spicy, peppery.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle (2005) from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN (Dec 2005). Dark translucent umber with lasting creamy-smooth tan cap....deliciously fragrant nose, woody and rough, with a myriad of hoppy-spicy notes, including pine and very sharp citrus, pungent barnyardy notes....a bit much, actually....body is quite sweet, almost cloyingly so, with an odd earthy-piney-resinous-spoiled raisin character that, while quite complex, doesn’t really work....the mouth is left with a sticky, gluey, sour feeling, cloying and almost cotton-candy like, with some sour wine near the finish. Whoah. Started out promisingly but at the end...didn’t like it, no sir.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome amber color with a beige head that lasted the whole time. Sweet aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor is equally rich, sweet malt and hops bust through, with esteryness of a barley wine. Mouthfeel is awesome, very coating and moderately carbonated. Nice.
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather nice mellow ale.
Quickly dissipating cream coloured head on a reddish brown clear liquid.
Very powerful fragrance of malts, flowery hops and a hint of cofee and chocolate. Huge complex yet agressive flavour of roasted malts, a nice sweetness combined with notes of spice (cinnamon, I believe).
Good one to keep you warm on a cold winter night.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of my 17 Beer Sampler at the Brew Kettle. Dark brown, white head, this tasted damn good, great malty flavor with spiness to it, very wintery, maybe some chocolate, lots of things going on coming together beautifully.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle(vintage 2002). A three year old bottle!Make that four years old if I waited 2 more days. Dark red and hazy in color. No seeing through it. Off white head. Strong bready aroma, with a slight bourbon scent also. Hoppy warming flavor, soft sugars, much like nutra-sweet. Very good American Strong Ale. I would recommend this to others, and this means you fool!
stouby (3928) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at home.
Dark red with beige head, almost diminishing, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty (bread, caramel, roasted), heavy hoppy (soft flowery). Flavor moderate sweet, heavy bitter, long duration. Medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Vintage 2005.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a minimal amount of white wispy head. Aroma is very earthy: oaks, smoke, floral, caramel and slight burbony scents. Flavor is sweet, yet very spicey, like taco spicey. Really not a fan of the flavor. Overall, didnt live up to what i had hoped for.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle courtesy of Brock_Landers. Dark brown pour with a decent sized head. Spicy aroma. Nice and smooth now thanks to the age on the bottle, I get a malty almost peanut flavor from it. Really nice. I’ll be buying some to age next time I can find it.