Silphium (3188) - 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 (5576) - Pennsburg, 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.
kentuckyrob (4) - USA - SEP 1, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my first beers I tried when I moved to Portland. Very strong over the top but overall taste and aroma are intoxicating, no the least. I still go back to this one a lot. Kind of hard to find.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Poured a deep black/brown, small head that lingered much longer than I thought it would. The aroma was of spruce and chocolate liquer. The flavor was just amazingly complex. Spruce, bittersweet chocolate, raisins, port, chambord, and then an almost burnt flavor. An absolutely stunning beer, perfect after dinner drink. Seems to beg for a cigar.