Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
spritzy raisin aroma with hints of candy sugar, caramel colored with a hint of red, candylike mouthfeel, raisins then cloves with a hint of mintiness and bitter tar
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep hazy red-brown. Smells of candy sugars and malts. Tastes of a light apricoty fruitness, a mite citric. Very sweet and a bit thin. For 6.5% it certainly tasted too strong.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is oddly quite dry and astringent. The spice is very noticeable. Bitterness is also rampant not only up front but in a lingering aftertaste. The flavor doesn't agree with me at all. I simply don't care for this beer in the least not so much due to the hops, but rather due to an odd metallic aroma and flavor (like licking silver dollars). Peppery spices also just fail to connect with me. Sorry Pierre, but your creation isn't my bag. Reminds me of brut champagne added to beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper,light borwn with ruby highlights and a small white head.Spicy,fruit,roasted malt aroma.Flavor is of fruit,spice,slightly acidic.Fruity,dry to almost astringent finish.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown ruby color, dark fruits and sweet malts in the aroma, with a bit of yeast. Mellow sweet flavor that ends pretty dry. Subtle, yet refined.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rusty app. w. nice head. Leaves lace. Spice dominates but not in the sharpish manner I feared - nicely done! Fruit and yeast. A good beer for christmas.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy ruby body topped by a foamy light tan head. Big yeasty, plum, cherry, and citrus aroma. Flavor is a bit weak given the boldness of the aroma. Some yeasty and nutty flavors. Alcohol and dryness are prevelant on the palate.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light coppery brown w/ some orange highlights and a lasting very light tannish head. Some earthy, woody, and plummy, bready malt aromas. There also a floral aroma that probably comes from hops, it's faint, but adds nicely to complexity. Also a light spicy yeast aroma Malty and well balanced, a light bitterness in the finish and end palate; plum fruit flavors, light alcohol, lightly woody w/ a dry finish and woody, hop aftertaste. Light bodied probably due to the higher level of carbonation with warming alcohol and light, very slight, acidic bite on the tongue. Overall very good, luckily I have another bottle to see how it ages. Very smooth and drinkable. A little more than a session ale, but this is one you could drink in mass quantities.
Kodos (205) - USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours BIG. Huge head though short lasting. Caramel, cinnamon, plum, citrus in the nose. I could smell this beer all day! Sweet with no malt presence, yeasty, alcohol dry. Finishes bitter and acidic. A friend recommended this, I am disappointed!
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Reddish brown color with rising bubbles and a foamy light brown head. Candy, spice, malt and alcohol presence in the aroma. A musty finish.