Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 vintage. Sweet is what I get. Alcohol burn sweet. Malt sweet. Thick sweet. Sweet. Nice body and looks.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Bottle of the 1999 vintage. A delicious looking reddish brown color with a thin laced tan head. The aroma is first class all the way with apple, plums, raisins, caramel, toffee and sweet malts. A plush, smooth, rich and creamy feel with maple, molasses, caramel and earthy tones which bring this beer to life and deliver all that is asked. Rating #800. Re-Review of the 2000 and 2001 vintages: The 2001 is much worse than the 2000 and 1999 vintages at this point. A heavy biscut and rasin flavor in the 2001 vintage.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 Tasted 1997 and 2000 back to back - numerical rating for 1997.
2000: Orange colored, Fruity, peppery, lighter on the tongue than the 1997, much more carbonation. Alcohol is much more noticeable.
1997: Almost delicate. Much darker in color, almost brown, no head. Notes of vanilla, butterscotch, very smooth. Maybe some oak comes out in the finish, as well as some nuttiness. Finishes a winey aftertaste.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 - Strong fruits (cherries) and warming alcohol (in welcome portions). Viscous, sweet, malty and relaxing. A 2 hour sipper.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 1999 Bottle. Great malty and fruity aroma. This is one beer I really feel like I am eating and not drinking. Very sweet and malty flavor. Hoppy finish. Very Very full bodied.
At Buckey Brewing I tried both port conditioned and calvados conditioned versions of this brew. Both were excellent.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 Vin. Nice amber color,aroma is that of malt and slightly alcohol.Head there really isnít any.Flavor is sweet malty almost a cereal like taste in some wayísthe alcohol is very well hidden just get very lite hintís of it.The sweetness seems to tame it quite a bit.it has a full feel to it kind of thick almost.All around iíd have to say itís very well made and with some more age it will really stand out.Glad i have 4 more to age.Sweet after taste with some carmel notes as well as that warm alcohol feeling coming from itís 11.5% nice very nice.if you havenít tried one yet you have to.
rauchbier (3764) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Bottled. Chestnut red, slight sediment, some head but thin and good condition. Incredible sherry aromas with some marzipan, thick and chewy sweet malt like a liqueur and mouthcoatingly luscious finish that lingers long on the lips and round the back of your teeth.
Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 1997 vintage. There are some very nice elements here. Produced a bit of head, to my surprise, then completely dissipating. Starts out like a Fullers Vintage on steroids, decent body despite a very heavy, stickiness. Flavors are in better balance than at first blush; I thought I was drinking a rum-raisin sauce at one point. Warming alcohol, mostly smooth, though burdened by its sweetness. A nice beer for Christmas Day 2002. Original rating: 7-4-9-3-15. // Re-rate in Jan. 2006, also 1997 vintage. Substantial head (uncharacteristic?), very dark for style. Sweet chocolate edge, most definitely, beautifully, like walking into a Leonidas shop in Belgium. Chocolate mint, too. Soy sauce issue emerges but who the hell cares when so much is going well? (10-4-8-4-18). Rating is a blend.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
1997.Has an interesting smell that I canít quite place...ah, smells like a bag of horse feed that has gotten wet, and that someone poured just a touch of chardonnay on. Full--too full--of rabidly overbent burnt sugars flavors combined with rum-soaked raisins. Interestingly, I find the aftertaste much finer and more complex than the beer itself. Interesting, but not very appealing. The same can be said for the entire beer. I can pick up vanilla and spice and other things nice, but this beer could never be appealing to me because of its overwhelming sweetness.