kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2000: Poured deep brown with a tight small light brown head. Good retention. Strong aroma of fruity plums, malty caramel, chocolate and a touch of oak. Theres almost some prunes? there too. Very smooth medium mouthfeel. Starts with a sweet taste of molasses and caramel, works through to a bitter, slightly citric mid. Aftertaste is bittersweet, though slightly smoky, woody and roast. Very tasty, and unique!
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a foamy large sized head of light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles. The body was transparent carbonated and dark brown in color. It had a strong malt mild hop aroma with a few caramel notes. The mouth feel was tingly smooth from start to finish. The flavor was a solid caramel malt one.
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 I loved this beer, such a texture of flavor is unrivaled by most beers. Wow, simply amazing.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark, very near opaque. Sweet smell, almost candylike. Unique and strong. Hints of cherries, apple, a touch of chocolate, with a dark malty backbone. Perfect mouthfeel, nice mellow finish. A winner!
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light, chocolate/fruity aroma ... color is a gorgeous deep brown with light head ... flavor begins with a fruity/cherry start, hints of wood, chocolate in the the middle with a smoky/malty finish ... very dry/bitter on the palate.
This is one unique brew. Try it, by all means. You'll either love it, or hate it. I loved it.
almostfrozen (26) - USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Minimal head, basically flat; this is standard for the style, apparently, but I'm not wild about it. Flavour is good, like a stout but body is noticeably weaker. Pleasant, mild aftertaste.
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This beer poured a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth and consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The nose was malty, caramel and sweet. The flavor was mostly caramel with a smooth mouthfeel. This was a light-medium bodied beer with fair lacing.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark, rich brown with garnet highlights and a small tan head. Aroma dark roasted malts, molasses, earth, wood and floral hops. Really good flavor, rich and smooth, sweet and tart, figs, oak, bold hops and a lingering dry finish. Full body and mild, tingly carbonation. A real treat.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Woody, mahogony with a thin tan collar. Oak, carmel, malt, some fruit.
Mellow oak flavor. I think I write vanilla in every rating. vinuous finish reminds a bit of a cellared red...whatever, is refreshing...Expected this to be_interesting_but I love it. Dualistic red wine session beer. 4.5/5 (9,5,9,5,17).
re-rate: over a year later and a few more bottles...I still find this nice, but not quite as intriguing as I once did...the last few bottles have just seemed to lack the complexity I seek in this sort of beer, and have been a little too sweet and unbalanced...the full-bodied nature of this beer isn’t one of its best features, IMO.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank from a St. Bernardus chalice. Dark brown/tawny color with a light head that disspipates rather quickly, lots of lacing though. The aroma has lots of notes of port & grapes, lightly sweet. The oak is strong as well as some raisin & fig. The flavor is very well rounded with creamy chocolate flavors blending with the oak barrel aging. The finish is lightly salty, full bodied and refreshing. Nice flavors, wonderful beer.