BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 56: Murky dark brown hue with a large initial tan head which never goes completely away and produced good lace. The aroma hints of tropical fruit as well as apricot and cherry. Additional aromas detected on the nose were caramel, pine, twangy yeast and a touch of wood. A large sweet and spicy taste took center stage with a twangy fruit and moderate bitter character playing supporting roles. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not overpowering, does a good job a cleaning the palate. Dry woody and nutty finish. The mouthfeel is lively yet also lush. Nicely complex brew with the ability to gracefully age another year or more. Recommended.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Batch 57.
An earthy dark brown color with a large caramel colored creamy head. The carbonation is hypnotizing as many evenly sized bubbles keep going up the side of my tulip shaped glass, leaving a one inch wide band of these bubbles that look like droplets of oil, exquisite. Quality vinous aroma with alcohol, bitter chocolate, and a sticky sweetness. Taste of alcohol, licorice, and sweet bourbon. A silky mouth feel with a sweet aftertaste. Almost makes me want to believe the whole Creationism theory, nah, that would be stupid.
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 (3190) - 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.