mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, from old notes. Mahogany brown with chunky off white foam. Aroma is a little hot with lots of sweet malt also. Flavor is more heat and more sweet malts, some yeasty spiciness also.
bp (871) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours a dark redish brown with a thin but long lasting tan head, aroma of red grapes, flavor of dried dark fruits and toffee with only the slightest warming in the back of your throat to let you know this has some kick. Very nice beer that I will certainly drink more often.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured dark reddish brown whith an off white billowy head Aromas of grapes (almost vinegar) and yeast fill the nose thru the tulip glass . Smooth rich palate with a slight alcohol burn . The taste of malts, fruits, and alcohol are wonderfuly filling my mouth a well made ale and great bottle design keeps out the uvís
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle in the variety pack. When I was pouring it out of the bottle it didnít appear as dark as it now looks in the glass. The head was very thick, off white. Sweet, malty, carmelly, I wish my alergies werenít acting up so I could appreciate this one better. I havenít been that impressed with this label. and it appears this one is the best of the lot.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle produced billowy off white tan head. Dark brown color in the glass with malty sweet wafting smells. Smooth and rich on the palate with plum, fig flavors. Nice long lasting finish . Very enjoyable brew no doubt.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly cloudy amber-brown with an insanely bubbly, huge head. Sweet, pungent aroma of partially refined sugar, berries, and notes of malt & alcohol. Rich, sweet malt taste - sweet red grape, alcohol, dry but lingering sweet finish. Hops not intrusive, just slightly tart. Body is milky and just a wee bit overcarbonated. This is miles better than the Vintage/Christmas version. What a nice beer to stumble upon!
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A ruby claret colour. Nose of berries yeast and noticeable alcohol. The beer has a medium body with a soft mouth feel. The taste is noticeably sweet but with a dry hoppiness. Not as accomplished as Duvel.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber / brown. Beige head. Lacing. Aroma is dark fruits with malt. Taste is sweet / plums / spices. Finish is smooth with a nice bitterness. Can become cloying if drunk too slowly.
douglas88 (8109) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Awesome bottle. Pours a dark red, almost black, with a nice thin, but lasting head. The taste is a nice mellow fruit, some apple cinnamon taste, a great bitter hop finish, and almost no notice of how strong it is. All hail the golden dragon!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Great pour! Dark, murky brown with garnet highlights and a full, creamy, beige head with excellent lasting ability and lots of nice lace. Nose is fruity and spicy but not quite as potent as I would have thought; ripe red apples, figs, spicy yeast, and pie crust notes with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is extremely rich with similar notes; rich caramels, red apple, fig, spicy yeast, baking spices, and maybe a bit of maple. Palate is nearly full, round, velvety, almost chewy and soft. Finishes long and mostly sweet with apples, rich malt tones, and pie crust notes with a mild alcohol warmth. Certainly nice and unique with great fruit notes and rich, malt tones. Not as complex as it could have been but everything was put together very well. It almost becomes too sweet and cloying at times but the spicy notes keeps it somewhat balanced. Intriguing, unexpected and did I mention rich.
Had this in a 11.2 oz bottle and had a different experience... The head was not the same and the palate was nice but much more carbonated. Also the beer seemed less rich and carried some earthy hop bitterness to balance a bit. I assume this is a fresher example than the first one I tried; different experience but still a very nice one.