Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a very dark cloudy amber color and formed an off white foamy head that left circular lace when it subsided. An aroma of malt and spice. A flavor of malt, caramel and spice. It has a medium light body and a sweet, slightly sour finish.
RichardGretton (4119) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big frothy head from this beer with a malt and strongly fortified aroma. The flavour mainly resembles that of a spirit with no complexity. Overall a difficult to drink beer owing to the sharpness of the alcohol content.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Murky brown with a thick, beige head. Sweet and yeasty nose. Fairly high carbonation level with an intense alcohol bite that makes it rather sharp. Alcohol is pretty obvious and a little too noticeable. Burnt rock candy notes with a deep bitterness that seems to build with time. Rich sweetness of roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar and maple syrup. Kind of dry and very bitter finish with a slight sourness. Bitterness is flowery, in a "chewing-on-a-dandelion" sort of way. The beer really improves as it warms and as the carbonation subsides a little. Has some curious spicy notes, similar to cinnamon but not cinnamon.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer #400 for me. Poured to a muddy brown with some orange hues with a small, foamy head. Aroma is complex with hints of toffee, spices, yeast, and carmel. Gigantic chewy mouthfeel. Hold this one in your mouth for awhile and let the flavors come out, its amazing. The first thing I tasted when I swallowed was Ethanol, and quite a bit of it. However, it didn't burn like I expected, it just wasn't hidden as much as I'm used to for the style. The finish is very long lasting, with some tart notes and hints of hops, toffee, and carmel. Worth the price.
AndersR (195) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge lasting tan foam! Nice appearance with a dark unclear brown color. The smell gives away that this one holds 10.5%. Hints of fruit mand sweetness. Strong taste with sweet hints of caramel, flowers, fruits and a complex finish that warms the throat.
The foam actually tastes good on its own, try it :-)
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red-brown colour with an explosive beige head. Full aroma of yeast, plum, malty caramel and a note of alcohol. Roasty, sweet flavour with caramel, malt, dark cherry. The finish comes on with a slight bitterness, and then a sudden tang of alcohol to remind you that there’s 10.5% in there.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow- super cloudy, dark, rich, and full of alcohol. Kind of an odd fermenty note like a bitter or a few wheat beers I’ve tried. Very nice.
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colour with a nice head. Complex and well-balanced aroma, notes of smoke. Long interesting aftertaste. An excellent beer.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had my doubts after a couple sips (probably prejudiced by the inferior taste of the other Van Steenberge beers in my special six-pack), but eventually the beer grew on me.
Frothy, coarse (initially), oddly spongelike head, which eventually settles down into something agreeably fine and effervescent.
Cloudy, deep red/brown color.
Malty aroma, with hops, some chocolate, and an enjoyable floral contribution.
Initially, a heavily alcoholic flavor. Biting, burp-inducing, overpowering.
Intensely bitter/sour, it actually induced a gag reflex, much like Ny-quil does.
Fortunately, the beer settled down into an enjoyable strong ale.
Coriander came at me, as well as pronounced acetaldehyde (green apple).
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This tickled me. Tasted more like an english strong ale. Somewhat of a precursor to Arrogant Bastard or Double Bastard. Very rich and full taste with a foamy head. A beer I could drink on a regular basis.