StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent cherry-lacquered mahogany in color with a thick, one inch, frothy tan head. Broiled prunes and chocolate matchsticks kick start the aroma, followed by cocoa butter, cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and pepper. Brown bread and coriander round out the back end. Frothy foam lines the lips and imparts harsh sulfuric flavors when licked off, conjuring allusions to aluminum tin cans and mild pumpernickel that’s been spiced with ground cloves and nutmeg. Past the foam, it’s a prettier picture. Cloves and milk chocolate intertwine for a cocoa and hazelnut outcome. Mild, fruity accents come from prunes melding with blanched plantains. Supple liquid formation on the palate, with melting soda syrup running down the sides of the tongue. Mild sulfur still remains in the finish, with chocolate banana flavored barn planks and musty spice cabinets to see themselves out.
jeffdog22 (23) - lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice looking dark red beer with pillowy head...vinegary nose and taste with a subtle sweetness...very smooth malt/yeast dominated beer...tap...new world brewery
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is sweet orange, rich malt, a little yeast. Lots of apple, caramel, some light spice.
sistinas (102) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours blood red with a medium, foamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is very bready with fruity (raisins? cherries? plums?) notes. Taste is much the same with a bit of added spice, toffee, and a very slight bitterness that prevents it from being too sweet. Finishes dry with a lingering fruit taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not bad, not amazing.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable beer and really hit the spot when I had it, as I had been outside walking around in the heat. Was a dark brown color with little head. Went down very smooth.
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red with a pillowy tan head. Aroma is sweet and bready. Doughy maltiness in the flavor with no hops; palate is a bit on the thin side. Not bad.
ALLOVATE (2471) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle into it’s own chalice @ the Bruegelhof café, Brugges.
Hazy brownish copper with a flagship bed of yellowy cream that left some wicked lacework down the glass. Quite a thick, sweet aroma that was reminiscent of mudcake and Nanna’s famous fruit cake smothered in freshly fermenting wort. Late into drinking a little malt vinegar shone through that actually complimented it. Layers of sticky, chocolaty rich malts in the mouth. Body is firm, not overly big but fills out well and becomes smooth as it moves back. Doughy and bready under the malts with some spicy, tart and lightly vinous fruits and a tinge of sourness showing in the recesses of the tongue. Swallow continues on with some more big, chocolaty and deep malts, yeast and vinous fruits and a little warmth offered up from the alcohol. I found this to be a little heavy overall. It was nicely balanced and certainly flavoursome, but quite possibly a little too generous in that department. Still, it weren’t a bad drop. (33cL, 12/06/07)
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby-brown with a light tan head, and decent lace. Yeasty aroma, hints of dark fruit and spice. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a tingly feel. Sweet caramel and toffee flavor, some sweet vinous notes, and very little hop presence. Finishes sweet, but there is enough hop bittering to prevent it from being cloying or sticky. This definitely needs to warm up a bit before drinking to really appreciate everything that’s there.
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very mild aroma even after the beer warmed. Taste is bready, some tasted notes. some slight bitter notes. Rather unimpressive.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle, a gift from travels in Belgium. Mahogany in colour with a thin creamy off white head.
Aroma of honey, raisin and bread. Tastes like smokey fruitcake, if ever there were such a thing. Malty, creamy texture. Sweet with minimal spice and not a bitter note in sight. A light, easy drink for such a dark colour...unoffensive and pleasant.