ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 3/20/06 Re-rate: Had forgotten I had had this before, even considering I had it in the same place the 2nd time, the Blue Nile in Mnpls and considering it was again the final beer of the evening. This time it was on tap, and based upon the ratings, had a considerably better experience the second time around. It was still very sweet but didn’t seem overly so this time. Mostly opaque body (dark, dark, reddish, brown hue. Tan head but diminishes fully. Wonderful and surely highly caloric. 2/17/05: Bottle, shared with Beermatrix, ChrisPants, Steorn(BA) and Pigfoot (courtesy of Pigfoot). Last beer of the evening so the palate may have been a little shot. Belgian wheat aroma, surprising for a red bodied beer. Then at 3rd or 4th whiff, I started getting similar impressions as the few Russian dark beers I’ve had (Baltika 6, Stepan Razin Porter). Beermatrix mentioned he thought it smelled like a Cantillon. Red body, nice white, beautiful lace. Exemplary appearance. Overy sweet. Could make for a good dessert wine. But it was too much for me at that point in the evening. Ar 6, ap 5, fl 8, pal 4, ov 17.
oh6gdx (21607) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Kasteel Bruin-Brune). Clean brown, little brownish head. Malty sweet aroma. Caramel/malty taste with a bit bitter finish. Good feeling in the mouth, taste of alcohol is well hidden.
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had it as Kasteel Brune ... Clean brown hue light very sweet maple syrup aroma honey with alcoholic hints Flavour is very sweet brown sugar malty flavours sticky palate...
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a syrupy reddish brown nectar. Little head and no retention. Pruny sweetness. Port and caramal notes. No counterpoint to the sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and zippy after taste. Cheers!
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown colour with a reddish tone. Almost no head. Aroma is dominated by maltiness, molasses and sweetness. At first, the maltiness in the taste has a caramalty note. It´s also pretty sweet. Cloyingly sweet, I thought, maybe a bit prematurely. Later the sweetness turns to an acceptable level. It´s also quite caramelly. It´s a nice sipping beer, but hardly one of my favoruites, though still okay.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an amazing looking beer. It probably looks and smells better than it actually is, but it’s still an excellent beer. It is very dark and malty, with a fantastic sweet nose. If anything, it’s perhaps a bit too sweet and treacly, but it still has an excellent array of fruits, caramel, and sugar. Yummy.
JonMoore (1961) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superb looking dark chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head. Spicey, malty, caramel aroma. Great taste; complex, dark fruits, raisins, sweet malt, brown sugar. Near if not perfect mouthfeel, exceptionally smooth. The alcohol is detectable but well masked by the great taste. An immediate favourite.
Boutip (4999) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear brown color ale with a below average head that had some pretty good retention. Aroma is exclusively comprised of roasted malt with some faint alcohol in the back.. Taste is quite simple, which was a bit surprising for this type of beer and consisted of mildly roasted malt with some warm alcohol at the end. Overall, this is not a bad beer but it is lacking complexity.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from a small store near my hotel in Brussels. Pours dark but also clear (not bottle conditioned?? I guess I’ll find out a little later) and a medium head. Aroma is alcoholic and malty. Flavour is sweet, very sweet, huge alcohol character and malt/caramel/fruit. Its brash but not too complex, delicious but heavy on the alcohol. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth or really love high gravity beers all that much - but I think it’s great.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown beer with beige creamy foam. Sweet nose, touch of caramel and candy sugar. aroma’s of cookies and cocoa. Heavy sweet taste with alcohol burn.