omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Vintage 2000) Lovely red gold color. Energetic head. Fruity aroma. I was expecting something light and happy, but what I got left me dumbfounded. This beer has serious balls. It's hearty, with a broad malty flavor, reminiscent of some of the more expensive barley wines I've had. Overtones of wood and hints of fruit are finished off with an unassuming hoppy touch at the end that warms the soul. This is a damn fine beer.
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy brown body with no head. Aroma is sweet plum/raisin, caramel, wood, and sherry. Taste is very sweet and malty, some dark fruitiness, wood, and light sherry/wine. Body is syrupy and minimally carbonated.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 dark ruby color with small head aroma and tasteis malty, yeasty with hints of dark fruits. some spiciness is present as well syrupy and sweet, alcohol also show through. decent but nothing special
Ernest (6598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 2003 bottle. Body is dark reddish-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sherry, toffee, raisin, cask wood, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Not a bad sipping brew, actually...on the sweet side to be sure, but not overly so. There's just enough sourness and bitterness to keep it drinkable.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Very dark and reddish with a slight haze. Big and fruity aroma (mostly apples, some dark fruits). Smooth and thickish, yet has a milky consistency. Lightly spiced. Very sweet (toffee and molasses) malts. Very fruity, with fig and raisin notes. Hint of bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance out the heavy sweetness. Last year's was much lighter than the one I just had (Jan. 2004).
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear ruby, with a minimal head and non-existant lace. Very small amount of carbonation present. Strong, vinous aroma - fruits like raisin, plum, caramel malts, and alcohol all tickle the nostrils. Flavor is quite sweet, sugary, caramel, and underlying alcohol, along with a mild bitterness in the back that was very subtle. Mouthfeel was buttery and thick. Alcohol is warming towards the end of the small bottle.
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
No big foamhead but a thin foam layer was always visible. Dark amber coloured and clear (no refermentation in the bottle). Mouthfeeling was from a very dense, sirupy one. Roasted, sweet, malt bitter and some undefined spices. Aftertaste was nicely roast bitter and spicy. yes, I think this is not bad at all !!!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No head on a dark copper/light brown color. Smells strong, vinuous, sweet, and fruity. Insanely short "flavor time" with no after taste. It seems like beer disappears as soon as it hits your mouth. Easily forgotten.
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
No head, deep brown color. Smells like butterscotch, nutmeg, and a little gingerbread. Butterscotch dominates the taste, and it actually seems a little greasy on the palate. I ended up not really liking this one much.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 No head and muddy brownness combined in scariness..the aroma was a spicy licorice infused overripe chocolate covered bananas..the flavors were like banana bread, spiced pumpkin, nutmeg and chocolate soda with hints of ginger and cloves..the carbination was very low and it was very spicy overall re-rate 2003: Licorice notes, mouthfeel not thick enough, still quite spicey...and to tell you the truth, reminds me a little of J.W. lees harvest...but not thick enough...