TheJester (2303) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL really cool bottle from LCBO gift pack. Copper brown with crazy head. Smells like alcohol and pepper - better than it sounds. Brown sugar sweetness is balanced by sour fruit and hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is not obtrusive. Good stuff.
Theis (14792) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Ýlbaren. Clear deep red - white head. High hoppy, dark fruits, berries, raisins, ryebread, licorice, high sweetness.
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown, thick tan head. nice sweet nose: honey, dark fruit, toffee, a bit alcoholic. flavor is nicely balanced, and thereís a rich, malty sweetness with but thereís a nice bit of (fruity?) bitterness (esp. grapefruit pith, unsweetened chocolate) to balance it out.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a deep amber, to chestnut brown color, with a thick, rich, creamy, tan head, and a vibrarant carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good sweet, carmel/toffee aroma, paired with estery fruity aromas, and peppery alcohol. The plate is firm, with lots of flavors going on. Carmel, toffee, brown sugar, pair with sour/estery fruity flavors of plum, raisin, and sour apple. This beer finishes with more excellent sweet/sour flavors, then ends with some warming, soothing, alcohol. Very flavorful, enjoyable beer. Makes for a great after work coctail, and a nice beer to sit and relax with.
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
big massive med brown cream foam coloured head...twisted coco honey smell...solid and stable head...some alco but slight mix in smell...sweet and raw yet very dangerous bícuz of the masked alcohol.a well made beer. enjoyed this one evening at opa+omas house while sitting in the small chair right next to the tv..
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
330mL bottle from LCBO. Pours a very dark red, with a medium-sized, off-white head. Plenty of fruit in the aroma - banana, apple cider (not unattractive), another fruit that I canít exactly name. Maybe the slightest touch of vanilla? First flavour makes sure that you know that itís a Belgian ale, sweetish, middle-of-the-tongue spicyness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable if you take more than a sip, and itís a little too noticeable for me. Slight port and dark fruits in the flavour, less than I expected. I have to admit, Iím let down by this one. The alcoholís much too present, and it takes a lot away from the flavours. I actually drainpoured what was left of this one.
jason (1749) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in cool white ceramic glass. A little disappointed in this one. Not a great aroma but an awesome appearance of a hugh head and lots of activity from the carbonation. This lasts till the end. Flavor is a little too bitter and sour at first but warms up my tastes buds near the end. Decent brew but was expecting more.
drpimento (2769) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
now, if I could only find a woman to match this beer. gawd. sensual. Velvety enticing head, lots o lace, deceptive soft palate and mouth. nice balanced finish. caramely, very low hops, jewel tones of alcohol, very ripe dark fruits to balance the burnt sugars. eminantly satisfying. Having this particular one on draft at Bodega. Patrons agree that this is one of the best of this on draft served at Bodega. MIght try a bottle concurently. That is if youíll loan me a buck
JohnnyJ (5198) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malt, dark fruit, and yeast aroma. Pours a fairly dark brown. Flavors of sweet malt, cookie, malt, belgian yeast, alcohol. Very good.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber brown with a fluffy white head. Aroma began with a fruity pear, moved on to deliver icing-sugar sweetness and ended with a musty leathery yeastiness. The taste was rich, dark-fruited, alcoholic and warming, with a good bitter ending. Itís like liquid Christmas cake. Utterly wonderful.