phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice deep brown. Strong flavor, you can slightly feel the alcohol but it is by no means overpowering. Aftertaste has a sweetness to it. Solid beer.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thin head. Aroma is all malt with a hint of alcohol. The taste is pleasent roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Just a little bit of the dry-hopping comes through Clings to the palate. This is worth the wait every year.
Dorwart (2522) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tall head that has bulged out of the top of my tulip. Thick and dense tan head. Roasty, smokey aroma with plenty of malts, caramel, prunes and a hint of terriaki. Color is a dark mahagony brown. Thick palate with more smoke, roasted grains, peat and dark fruit. Nice alcohol warming and tingle. Finish is creamy and warming with a slight sourness. A pretty good strong ale.
PhillyBeer2112 (2752) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Garnet tinged brown with a huge khaki foaming head. Rich aroma emphasizes chocolate and walnuts. A light citric hop aroma is present, but it doesn’t have the strong aromatics of a dry hopped ale. The flavor is nicely balanced: a caramelly sweet malt presents first, with a touch of munichy melanoidins, and a full hop bitterness rises to the finish.Citric finishing hops seems to arise the more I get into this beer. Alcoholic kick warms in the chest, but is not very noticeable in the flavor, except as a tingle in the long aftertaste. Good version of a winter seasonal, moderately complex, strong, sippable, demands cellar to almost room temperature drinking.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Very malty and stout like aroma with caramel, chocolate, floral hops, and a nutty character. Has a great strong sweet malty taste that has a creamy but syrupy texture. There is also a strong hop presence (tastes sort of like grapefruit) that balances the malts well. Outstanding bittersweet finish. Excellently balanced winter beer.
Ratman197 (13112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear garnet with a small brown head. Aromas of carmel, toffee,cocoa powder, and spices. Palate was rich and smoooth. Flavors of cocoa, mocha, spices, and a nice bittersweet finish. I could hibernate all winter with this one!
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty nose with some carob/chocolate/soda-shop-malt floating around in the air. This beer smells and tastes much like a light stout - not so much the ale I was expecting. Visually it is superior - great head and lacing and a deep brown/amber color. The flavor is quite malty with moderate sweetness and some caramel flavoring. The hops comes out more strongly in the relatively long finish. The palate is very creamy and syrupy - not a light beer. Very rich. Pretty good.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Taster at BJCP Class) Lite on the malt aroma no hops in the nose. I get a little caramel with a light fruity aroma in the nose also. Dark reddish brown color great head. Strong fruit like flavor almost grapefruit flavor. Strong in the finish just a barley wine should be. A good old ale that sat long enough to be a good beer. Need to have a rich food to drink this with.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, with some peppery alcohol. Taste is malty, nutty, almost like an old ale. Medium alcohol warming aftertaste
Zeswaft (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 I’m not sure but i think this was a little expired, but do beers at 8.1% expire? It had that pear fruity taste. There were some citrusy hops.