georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark mahogany with cream colored head. Honey aroma and taste. Slightly carbonated on the palate. The high alcohol was apparent at the end of the sip.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 I REALLY liked this one. Poured a beautiful deep caramel color. Caramel malt aroma. Very complex flavor with malt, caramel and toffee. Very intriguing brew that packs a punch! Will definitely have again.
mike_77 (5169) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown colour. Quite a strong, malty aroma. It’s fairly sweet and malty with a little caramel. Considering the high alcohol content this is fairly easy to drink. Texture is quite rich and oily.
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Sampled in july 2004 at the BÆNK.] Very strong alcoholic, but wonderful beer with notes of licorice, bitterness, caramel, warmneth, berries. Medium to fullbodied and a great burning aftertaste.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a unique beer, and very tasty! It pours a cloudy deep maroon with huge frothy beige head with spicey aroma. The taste is full of sweet toffee and dry fruits with a balanced tartness.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enticing white glass bottle with a rather hefty price tag attached. Captivating opaque brown color, thick tan head and real nice crazy lacing. This looks great. Dark fruits, yeast, and a heavy dose of sugar permeate the air above the glass. There is a blatant alcohol nose associated with the aroma as well letting you know that this glass will take some time. Sweet and gritty on the palate with a huge alcohol burn, sturdy would be an understatement in describing this beer. Flavor comes across as a Belgian beer mixed with a sweet dry red wine. Plenty of grapes and plums with a big Belgian yeastiness. Musty and flavorful, fairly sweet with that already familiar alcohol harshness. This is a big beer in all aspects, pretty darn good but too pricey to be a regular.
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great malty aroma, pours opaque, with some deep red around the edges. Great beer, really one you can feel in your mouth. Citrucy after taste.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deliciously complex beer, full of spicy alcoholic warmth. A beautiful beer for cold nights.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Invitingly sweet-smelling, with toffee-caramel aromas and some dates too. Color is a bit on the mousy side and looks a tad thinner than I remember...but it’s still a nice beer. Very good breadiness in the body, also raisins. Smooth and good.
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle (thanks, Acknud!) pours a beautiful chocolate brown with fluffy head. Medium sized bubbles interspersed with big, sticky ones, leading to significant lacing as the head recedes. This 10.5% ABV is not hidden, but rather, quite "in your face." Aroma of sweet, mellow malt is overtaken by the bitter taste of alcohol in front palate. But this burn mellows to a toffee sweetness followed by yeast and a finish of bitter chocolate and malt. This one has a definite kick and is not for the weak at heart. This would be a beautiful beer for a nice cold evening in front of the fireplace