darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a little too much alcohol. Diminishing head. No lacing. Tastes of peaches, plums, cinnamon.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour, spicy (hot, not spiced) nose. Slightly sour. Flavor is quite tart, fruity, nice malt. Woody finish.
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Murky, red-brown ale with a big, light beige head. Great retention and good lacing. The nose delivers notes of caramel, cinamon, apple, plum, mint and peat. The flavor is sweet and acidic with hints of lemon rind, maple syrup and caramel. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Lengthy sweet, astringent finish. A touch too sweet for me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautifully deep and rich dark coppery brown color with a solid foam of ivory colored softness, creamy and firm, with amazing staying power, it hardly moves, settling slowly to a very thick remaining skim and fluffy collaring. Lacing in intricately woven belgian sheets making for one good looking Belgian brown.
Aroma is tangy and darkly fruitish, mild yet eager with some nice light mustyness, caramel, and brown sugar sifting around underneath.
Taste is tangy and dark with a slight grape aspect carrying over a wine like character, yet it lets enough caramel malt through to make it very interesting. Candyish in moderation, kinda zippy with a certain tang on the palate and lips. Mildly fruity, but mostly tangy and grapey with a great backing of caramel/toffee. Finish drys out mostly from the ABV with left over tangy bits and licorice notes.
Feel is fairly rich and tangy with sweetness encompassed within a solid medium body but lacks some complexity as it sets the same feel from front to back. Mild, tangy, and enjoyable, a nice drinker that bodes well even with the 9.5%. Exceptional drinking when served at the listed 55 degree serving temp., definately not one to be consumed cold.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: This beer is a dark orange-brown color with a short-lived thin dark beige head. Thin lacing. Extremely sweet smell, with malt and a little yeast. Medium-bodied and very carbonated, with a mildly sweet character. Some spice and fruit are present, but all in all this beer is not really impressive for the style flavor-wise. The finish is sugary-sweet and malty. Not bad but nothing really makes this beer stand out.
sfontain (832) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small sample from bomber at From the Vine beer tasting in Lewis Center, Ohio. Lovely dark brown/amber. Aroma toasty with apple and pear. Flavor pear, licorice; super-sweet. Some pleasant alcohol twinge but hides the alcohol nicely.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brownish with a tan head. Flavor resembled a dubbel with a kick to it. Nutty and malty. Beer covers the 9.5 well. Good beer.
MiP (14007) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sour and very malty aroma. Dark chestnut brown colour, big unstable head. Malty, slightly acidic, roasted flavour. Full-bodied and very complex. Maltiness well balanced by alcohol flavour. Very nice.
diabel (1619) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Clear, brown-reddish body. Light brown, creamy head, which lasts mostly. Good lace. Nose of malts (caramel, nuts, banana) and some hints of hops (citrus). Stouty flavour. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Lightly sweet, moderately-heavily bitter (moderately long) finish. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Oily texture. Loved it.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel and LOTS of candi sugar in the malt profile. Hops are light and perfume like, gently tickling my nose. A light presence of doughy yeast. Clove, red grape, toffee, rich brown sugar, plum, and perhaps a hint of anise round out the aroma. Deep plum to brown colored body shows heavy carbonation and is topped by a large, creamy, lightly brown head. Flavor is very muddled up front...dull sweetness, light acidity...mid palate releases a taste of fresh, dark fruits...finishes very soda like with strong acidity and a light bitterness. Some alcohol can be detected in the finish. Medium-full body, creamy/watery texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: cherry coke...tastes exactly like cherry coke.