VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with an off-white, quickly dissipating head. Strong dark fruit aromas, fig/raisin/dates. Nice maltiness in the nose, mild yeast. Deep malt flavors with dark fruits again making an appearance. Dry, mildly astringent finish.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, at the Dovetail, London.
Slightly cloudy brown with large beige Belgian styled head, dissipating. Bitter style, with tart, apple flavours throughout.
Hansen (7277) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a big head. Malts and spice in the aroma. The flavor ends with a littel bit of banana.
jsquire (3678) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber red color with a thin head and a musty leaf mold smell to it. Dark sugar sweetness with a foreboding dankness of rotting fruit flavors. The tangy was almost balanced off enough to be a tastey beer, but not really my tastes.
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.