Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with ruby edges, small tannish head the flees quickly. Malty sweetness in the nose. Slight bitter coffee flavor, high roasted malts. Finishes a bit cloying. Not too bad.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a wonderful ale, it's very strong, and malty. The taste is acctually a bit too sweet for me. I really need to have some with me to give it a fair rating
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 54. This beer has serious head.
OK...although that would be a cool review. This beer does have serious carbonation, leaving a thick, slowly dissipating tan head over the murky (cloudy) brown-red body. Very potent aroma of caramel and toffee swirled with prune syrup. I keep wafting this vaporized bread pudding towards my nose. Impressive spicy-earthy hops profile complements the toffee and prune flavors. Picture barleywine flavor but the tightly carbonated body of a belgian strong ale. This could be a function of age too. A single shot of this beer would yield a near-perfect rating. As it stands, the alcohol could be toned down slightly for my tastes. But, I imagine this beer is meant to be savored in small quantities anyway. Truly great stuff.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown color. The taste is very robust. Loved the malt flavor. The hops did their job by giving this beer excellent balance.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #48. Rich looking beer with excellent sustained head. Chocolate, fruity nutty aroma. Very sweet robust malt flavor - intense. I should have poured this in a snifter.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick head on this one. I really liked the dark color covered with the long-lasting head. It's aroma was pleasant but almost too much for the nose. This goes for the taste also. It's a good beer, however a little too much bite from the alcohol.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good one. Alarmingly large head. So big in fact that like Etna she came lurching out of the bottle before I could even pour it. Massive tan head that sticks around for a good while. Deep dark ruby almost brown. Aroma is very smoky malt (similar to the Moose Drool) like beef jerky (in a good way). Very smoky bitter flavors. Odd but very good. It really reminds me of a bigger badder Moose Drool. Flavor really sticks to the palate. No noticeable alcohol flavors. How do they do this? A damn fine brew.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Update on 09/24/2004 - 1.5 liter Batch 33. Oh my, this is one of the best ever. Re-rate on 01/16/2004, Batch 52 - This has aged soooo well, mellow, chocolate, roasty, yeasty, warming, sweet, lightly bitter, lightly smoky - yes,... age this stuff.
Original rating 09/17/2003: Pours a deep opaque brown - black with not much head. Smells great with an apparent alcohol note. The flavor and mouth feel are very complex - very malty and a strong warming. Adam rules.
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2003 Poured a golden amber color with a large head. Has a malty alcohol aroma. Taste was mild malt with a big kick of alcohol. I was expecting less of an alcohol taste. Thanks BrianO for letting me try this!
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2003 (Batch #25) The beer is very dark with a fudge brownie nose. There is little to no head on the beer. The palate is light for the beers gravity. The palate is one-dimensional with chocolate being the dominant flavor. The finish is smooth and long with a complex blend of caramel and coffee. It has been a long time since I have sampled this beer and I remember it being more robust and complex. I feel that this beer has been in my cellar too long. My feeling is that the beer would be best consumed no longer than two years after bottling.