BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
August maroon body with a perky head, this was quite a desserty beer. The aroma had candied barleywine notes with a strong marsala character that intimated that this would be an unbalancedly sweet, winy beer. However, the body was fairly balanced. It was streamlined with carmel, marsala, and candy malts. As I said, this is a dessert beer--while decently made, I can not get to excited about it.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber/ ruby in color. The aroma is complex, with some fruit notes. The flavor is full, malty and good.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2003 Really good stuff. This reminds me of a strong Italian doppelbock (one of my favorite styles). Smooth and malty, with a drier finish than the aroma and first taste would suggest. Did not notice any alcohol taste.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice big tan head. More rich in flavor than its somewhat light appearance would suggest. Some hint of alcohol flavor - buy only a trace. Nice clean finish.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark orange/amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Upon the addition of sediment, the color lightens and the body becomes very murky, with all sorts of crazy swirling stuff about. The aroma is pretty good, with dark fruit, sweet wine, caramel and a touch of spice. I donít think the flavors lived up to the nose. Too sweet for my taste, and the alcohol is not hidden well enough. Itís certainly worth trying, but a different.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tastes very strong, even for the 9.5%. Expect the alcohol to be better masked than this. Also a bit harsh, has a slightly metallic flavor. Full of ripe, dark fruits, whatever that means. Do like the palate, has some good heft and bits of the head stick around forever. Itís not bad, just doesnít thrill me.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark brown, light brown head that dwindled fairly fast. aroma of alcohol and dark fruits. the flavor of all dark fruits with a bit of alcohol coming in to clean up. lots of what i think are figs. finishes thin and dry. very smooth and caoting in the mouth. leaves legs on the glass.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep leather brown with hints of ruby red color. Darker fruit flavors in this one along with caramel. Finish was thin and dry.
Darkover (1497) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber color, huge head. Fruity/yeasty aroma. Flavor of berries, caramel, and ?? Finish is acidic. Many different flavors from start to finsish. An excellent beer.
jaymobrown (1508) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark plum brown color. Lacy head that quickly disappears. Smells of alcohol soaked raisins, and pretty much tastes the same. Slight mashed bananas and cinnamon flavors as well. Highly carbonated, and a bit thin in the middle.