Aurelius (3850) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ouch! Overindulged on this one. The ABV is masked by the sweet, as bierkoning mentioned. Raisin-y, sweet. Acidic and has plenty of kick.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Toothachingly sweet. There are good and interesting flavors there, leather, oak and others. But the finish is mouth numbingly sweet, so much so that I couldn’t finish it.
Bakka (16) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown color.
A very sweet beer, which makes it hard to drink much of it, but the taste is excellent.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark woody brown colour, thin beige head. aroma of brown sugar, dark malt, burned plum. smooth body like a good souffle.
the taste holds up to its aroma and hides the alcohol well. A must for fans of dark belians and anyone with a sweet tooth
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What an interesting beer!! Crystal clear deep red brown colour. Quickly dissipating light red-brown head. The aroma is tantalizing, a combination of tropical fruit cocktail, gooseberries and a smoked wood and burnt sugar. Palate is all in the front of the mouth with only faint bitter-sour components. Smooth, soft yeasty body ,and unfortunately a rather weak sweet finish. The alcohol is well covered up. Can’t imagine drinking more than one at any sitting.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter chocolate smell. Mahogany colour, tiny cappuccino head. Tastes of molasses and liquorice. Sweet yes, but I’ve a sweet tooth. Warming, strong but very enjoyable. Exellent!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer from a great country. How much would it cost me to move to Belgium? Head is similar to others of this strength. Tastes of brown sugar and heavy abv.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 11/2003 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal, molasses), lightly yeasty (mold, cobwebs), with notes of alcohol and corn syrup. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very syrupy sweet, simple, and rather disgusting. My nose says there’s maize in this, but I could be wrong.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handles the high alcohol content well. This beer is dark brown, on the sweet and syrupy side, just shy of being too sweet and syrupy. I could use a little more carbonation, but again, it has a high abv. I would rate it higher, but there is something about it that I can’t really put my finger on that keeps it out of my ’classics.’ I think it’s the syrupy aspect.
slayer66699 (16) - Heemstede, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very good dark beer. Much taste and alcohol