PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking, a hazy ruby color, full pitted head gave me a bishop’s finger upon opening. Fun aroma, some caramel notes back by interesting phenols of bubblegum and cotton candy. Flavor rounded and sweet, some bubblegum, candyish burnt sugar. Surprising rise of hops in the finish, but it works as the beer is so sweet. In the end gets to be a little too sweet.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Color is amber with a bit of ruby red. Big fluffy head. Sweet and buttery with a hint of spice. Very smooth and warming. Good stuff.
jgentgesdo (659) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with tan head. Does not remind me of a dubbel... more of a cross between a dubbel and a stout. Nose is pear and plum. Same in the taste with toffee added. Good, creamy mouthfeel. Overall good.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 Bottle. Aroma, very tame yeast, straight up, no funk or age apparent. Little bit of earthiness, but mostly a strange candi sugar note that seems a bit artificial. Looks a pale weak brown, small light brown head, lightly creamy. Flavor has a huge plastic note. Seems fake and sickly sweet. Hints of cinnamon, apple and more syrupy sweetness. Body is medium with a stagnant palate. Light bubble gum on the finish, but this beer seems to remind me mostly of cheap cotton candy. Not a big fan.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: smells of apple juice, yeast, and dirty dish water
Appearance: dark, golden brown, cream colored head, lacing
Flavor: tastes strongly like apple juice, some malts, and yeast
Palate: very smooth, bubbly, and sugary
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark ruby, almost a burgundy appearance, with a large-bubbled sandy head which subsides into a frothy layer with a few bubbles peaking through. Nose has some gingerbread spiced cherries, nice roasted strawberries and cherries in the flavor as well, with a big emphasis on apple cider. Peppy finish, finishes like apple juice.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uncertain murky ruddy-chestnut brown color with a small beige head thats compact and fluffy, minimal lacing coats the glass. Aroma is sultry and cheesy with a yeasty, nearly barnyard, wet old mop-like smell over a largely sweet malt base of darker fruits, toffee, red licorice, and molasses. Quite a interesting nose. That extra little yeasty funk is intrigueing and likeable. Flavors stay malty sweet and tangy with a darker tone of fruity stuff with raisin, prune, and plum, bits of dried chewy apricot and starfruit. Yeasty play of dull spices also adding a bit of wood, mushroom musk, and cheese. Interesting flavor play but it also seemed a bit plain, even with the little nuances being picked up, nothing really stands out. Miraculously subtle, but was missing the fruity snap and character I like to see in a dubble. Something seems off or unbalanced but what is implies an undiscernable impression. Feel is quite smooth, full and creamy, frothy textured, malty with a bit of spice and some slight dullish-like drying. I’d have this again, no doubt, the numbers don’t show how much I actually liked it. A bit different and slightly off for what I’ve come to know as a good dubble for my tastes, but wait...I thought it was good, so I guess it is.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a brown amber with a small yellow head that lasted well. Amazing aroma of toffee, cherries, and caramel up front, some herbaceous notes to follow, and finishing with sticky date pudding. Wow!! Flavour carried the caramel and toffee themes through with the maltiness as the foundation. Low carbonation and bitterness. This is a very nice beer that would make a great pudding sipper.
johndoughty (3549) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear brown appearance with a lingering sweetness.Quite friuity but the large head on pouring made drinking it a slow process. Which wasn’t bad as this is a nice beer.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy brown with a large off white head. Fruity, malty and sweet tasting and smelling. I liked this much better than their Tripel.