Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really couldn't guess what to expect from this bottle - big and dark green; the label was really no help at all except I knew that it was 11%. Was is a blonde, a double, a triple???? Poured an unexpectedly dark, deep cherry red with a head that quickly settled into a ring around the edge. Flavors were strong and thick - plums, raisins, some tart cherries. Heavenly and smooth.
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark Belgain beer with a fruity taste that hides the alcohol taste well. The smell is pleasing and noticeable but not overwhelming.
Eirikur (351) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was a bomb. I couldnt really notice the alcahol, this beer is really nice.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2003 Appearance was a nice bubbly dark brown, flavor was of plums, raisins, and a hint of vanilla. Alcohol is very well hidden especially considering the content. Very rich character. Excellent!
CEZ (393) - Milano, ITALY - MAR 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle, "brewed in 2000"?] Dark, opaque brown color. I managed to pour a persistent head, but only at the third try. Licorice and caramel aroma. Very rich taste, featuring malt, raisins, plums. Smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is delicious, strong and sweet, more like Porto or Marsala wine than beer. I don't know if this is what I'm really looking for in a beer, but I must admit this brew does have a character. A classy brew for those who like like to drink strong.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, dark ruby red/brownish color with a small, tan head that rapidly dissipates. It has a strongly malty aroma with alcohol, musty tones, and grape notes. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is thick with malts and hints of grapes, plums, and raisons with a touch of alcohol. Yummy, this one leaves sweet sugar on the lips and is my favorite beer of tonight's tasting. Excellent! Check it out if you find it.
imdownthepub (9161) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. A big brown smoothy of a beer. Tight creamy head, loads of fruit, sultana's, malt sweetness. Last beer of a long weekend in Bruges and a good finish it makes too.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 [3/1/2003] The Kasteel glass is wonderful!!:-)
Dark brown colour, thin and creamy head. Chocolate, toffee and alcohol in the aroma (very strong). The flavour is dominated by sweetness with traces of caramel, chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, plums and raisins. Very alcoholic finish. I found difficulties to rate this beer properly: the first sips are incredibly pleasant in the mouth, while in the end this appears a bit unbalanced, with too much sugar.
[Update 3/9/2003] Had it on tap, and there's a big difference: it's much more balanced and the sweet notes are not overpowering and the alcohol is much more hidden. On tap this beer is dangerously drinkable!
Gierasch (1) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this for the first time after visiting Kasteel De Harr - there just aren't enough 'o's in smooth to describe this beer! I am looking frantically for it here in the States
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Comes in a real classy shallow tulip glass. Pours dark ruby with rich head. Toffee aroma, and once it is warmed up also roasted malt and burnt sugar. Sweet vinous and very malty. In a way quite remimiscent of a full bodied red wine. The mouthfeel is soft and it is arousingly flavourful. The balanced finish contains a slight trace of hop bitterness to balance the port wine.