dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark reddish brown colour. Offwhite, huge head with big bubbles in it and which diminishes to medium size quite quickly. In the aroma fruity notes stick out, like strawberries and cherries. Other than that, strong malty-sweet aroma. Tastes caramelly, malty and quite sweet. (maybe a tad too sweet) Strawberries, plums and candied cherries. One of the fruitiest Belgian strong ales I´ve had. Nice.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a nice beer. Pours a murky hazel brown with a large tan head. Aroma is deep with dark fruits and a touch of honey. Taste also has some spiciness and toffee tones to it. Very, very nice.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle. Deep brown color, nice brown head and nice lacings, fully lasting. Hops, fruity and nuts aroma. Taste is quite funky, nuts, wood, hickory, malt, very nice beer, i like this style of beer.
Bière de couleur brun opaque avec un bon collet brun qui perdure jusqu’à la fin et qui colle bien au verre. Odeur de noix, houblon, et de fruits. Le goût est pas mal spécial, dur a discerner : noix, bois, corsé et hickory, malt, ... vraiment excellente.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown. Huge, light tan head. Caramel and sweet, roasty malt aroma. Bit of alcohol also. Similar flavor, with a shot of yeast. Full body, excellent.
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish brown beer with a long lasting beige head. Best enjoyed from a round goblet style glass at about 12ºC. Considering the alcohol content, it is very smooth and easy to drink. This is due to the higher than usual sweetness with great balanced bitterness. Relatively full bodied with nice malt and fruit flavors, medium hop flavor and aroma. Comes in a white ceramic bottle with a golden dragon on it. Definitely worth a try if you like your ales dark and strong.
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a brownish-red with tons of sediment and a small creamy head. Aroma picked up spicy hops, brandy, and some nutmeg. Medium-to-heavily bodied with flavors following the aroma. Alcohol was rather well hidden. Finish had some of the spicy hops along with a sweetness that I didn’t pick up in the taste. Nice warming effect going down. Decent brew, but it felt as though the balance was a little off.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 04/06/2005. 750ml bottle from Regional’s, Wellington.
Dark red-brown, slighly muddy looking, with a light tan head. Bold aroma of brandy, sweet malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavour is just as boisterous and is much of the same but with chocolate cake, almonds, raisins, wood and whisky. Ever so slightly cloying in the middle. There’s a spicy dryness at the finish but its not really bitter. Palate is left a little spicy and throat is certainly warmed. Beware, the alcohol content may be a bit high to chug this down looking for the "vitamins" it proclaims to be full off. A sipper.
SilentNight (5) - CANADA - MAY 29, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at Castro’s Lounge in T.O. March 2005. Quite dark, very sweet, almost cloying taste of malt on the palate, caramelly. Alcohol is very well hidden on the finish. Definitely a sipping beer.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 As soon as I untwisted the cage, the cork shot out of the bottle, making a very loud sound. It shot a hole in my drop ceiling, dented the plaster above, then banged around inside the drop ceiling before finally resting far from the hole. I never saw anything like that before. Pours brown with a generous frothy off-white head. Smells of caramel and nuts with some sugary undertones. Taste is nutty and celery like with some nutmeg and cinnamon present. Sweet on the finish.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours a deep dark red. one finger off white head. aroma is malt, caramel, toffee and alcohol. taste is malt and quite sweet toffee alcohol. has a lingering taste. and a smooth slick palate. the only drawback is the sweetness which is a little much. but quite good.