tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - APR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at IndeWildeman, Amsterdam. I liked this, interesting beer brewed I think without hops, hence why it is brewed in Belgium given that it is illegal to brew beer in the Netherlands without hops. Quite a bit of caramel and dark fruit.
vyvvy (4731) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with a sudsy tan head with very little retention. The aroma has caramel, salt, pepper, smooth richness and butterscotch - overall it is lightly musty. Medium / full body that starts smooth then some soft carbonation and then a thick lushness. The flavor starts with lots of caramel with some odd spices that I can’t point out - I guess it is the gruit. the finish has a hoppy spice bite that apparently from the label isn’t hops, then it goes back to creamy caramel, pepper and sweet spice. An interesting brew that I enjoyed, but wouldn’t want too often.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Looks rather strange, dirty brown with not much of a head and fairly cloudy. Devoid of any hops obviously, but still some flavors that are interesting or maybe that is the point. Supposedly figs and dates are involved, I can get some of that, maybe the figs. Alcohol is noticeable, mouthfeel is nice. Different but not bad.
SSSteve (3968) - - DEC 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
murky brown with a thin filmy tan head. aroma is similar to bourbon but the flavor is quite different. notes of caramel, lemon, and tangy herbs and spices. minty and herbal. flavorwise, i enjoyed this more than jopen’s adriaan but i just don’t dig the aroma.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Clear, deep ruby red color with a medium, tanned and foamy, lacy head. Licorice-spicy, sweetish-malty, vinous aroma with hints of alcohol. Yeasty-malty, grainy and somewhat alcoholic flavor with dried fruit and a long, slightly astringent, dryish finish. Cough syrup really is the keyword here, I guess... Medium-bodied, slightly thin, slicky-sticky and quite low-carbonated palate. A very interesting brew, but not at all bad. Alcohol could be less evident in the aroma, though.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bomber bottle from Gomers. Ruddy opaque brown in color with a very think dark beige head of not lasting retention. Aroma of a Christmas fruitcake. Thick body and very malty. Rich flavors of rum, plums, and bum. Actually, no bum. Medicinal in a big way. If cough syrups tasted more like this, there’d be an even bigger problem in Jr. High schools. Long raisin-like finish. Clean and smooth, no tartness. Flavor is very much like Danish Glögg. This is a Viking’s drink!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits Orlando.
Pours a murky ruddy brown and holds a tan colored bubbly head.
Aroma is musty cellar, cork, alcohol and decaying earth and loam.
Musty fore followed by herbal, vegetal notes and some dry dark fruit. Some apple flavors in the middle ranges. Finish is again musty and ultimately very unsatisfying. Not my thing at all. It’s like liquid 300 year old book with a slice of apple.
jsquire (3757) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redish amber color with an off white ring of bubbles for a head. Dark sugar sweetness in the nose with an almost hairspray alcohol note. Big fruit tastes with apple and apricot. Brown sugar and soft nugget sweetness with a light spice that grows in the finish. Interesting beer that is like liquid spice cake.
altonbrownd (3943) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home. Rich, darkbrown color. The flavor is pretty off and I see that this bottle was supposed to be drunk 10 months ago - 22/12/05 - so will have to re-rate when I find it again. It’s very fruity, with apples. Too sweet for me.
after4ever (6731) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, by the kind hand of BitBucket. Thanks! Dark amber brown, thick tan head. Enormous dust and cherry nose. Medium body, low carb. Some pears on the palate, with other sweet tree fruit notes. Fairly undifferentiated from attack to finish; no longer on the finish. A bit astringent. It’s undeniably cool to see historial recipes ressurected like this.