pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing this rather tasty treat Ryan! Pours a hazy brown with a thin light tan head. Rich full nose. Chocolate, small roast. Small herbal notes. Dark fruit, rather figgy. Full rich creamy body. big creamy slightly boozy. Dark fruit roasty sweet. Tannic character, but mellow dark bitter chocolate balanced this well. Long roastier finish is the only downside on this lovely beer! I imagine this settling down with age to become a really lovely beer!
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Milk chocolate smoothy with raisins and other yummy fruits. Carob? A bit hot, but very nice.
TheEpeeist (3500) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark whiskey brown with a trace of foam. Nose is banana and rum raisin. Medium light, very light carb, a little sticky. Taste is raisin, some caramel and banana with growing yeast. Good but alcohol creeps in.
AmEricanbrew (6285) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color with no head. Nice smell of pit fruits, vanilla. Very light carbonation. A decent taste follows the nose with a pit fruit sweetness . Cloying sweet, yeasty finish. Not a bad beer, but doesn’t compare to many belgian examples. Sep16/2007
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep brown, almost black, muddy caramel hues on the edges, no head whatsoever, minimal lacing.   Looks extremely still.
Big dark pitted fruit nose, heaps of raisins, quite bready/malty, a touch of tootsie roll, with minor vinous like qualities.
Doesn’t look that appealing, but certainly smells entertaining.   Big raisin/fig/date approach, pretty heavy actually.   Certainly
malty, but comes across as a little thin.   Not as thick, bready, or full bodied as I would have thought.   Its almost as if this
bottle has been aged for quite a while, even tho its a young bottled beer.   Slightly vinous, maybe even exhibits a bit of wood
character.   Tasty, but it almost seems as if its missing something.   Falls flat on the tongue, feels quite still and/or aged.
Young beer this is, for certain, but seems as if it has already peaked.   Falls off the tongue very quickly at the finish.   Very
warming, yet not brash.   Good on the nose, and on the tongue, but a little flat and still.   I expected a bit more from this one.
Thanks Larry for the bottle!
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Bottle. 750 corked. I would have liked to see at least one bubble come through this in the pour. Very flat. It did have a dark brown body tinted with red though. It did have a fairly vinous nose. It did have a flat and dark fruity flavor full of warmth and alcohol and woodiness. It did leave me with a crazy headache. Not sure why. Tasty and interesting but with consequences.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep sediment-laden red-brown body, thin tan head. Heavy aroma, with aggressive prune and raisins, sweet breads, toffee, toast, bitter esters, and alcohol. Sweet, thick body, primarily toffee, sweet breads, dark fruits (raisin and prune), and a touch of cola. Almost a plum pudding. Moderate alcohol notes. A bit sweet, but a fine beer.
after4ever (6577) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, corked and baled--thanks, Foolish_Mortal! Pours black with a thin, loose tan head. Very light stalactite lacing. Very subdued nose primarily comprised of wood. Body’s light, almost bordering on the watery. Mid-palate could use a lot more depth and complexity--mostly a raw, tingling oak flavor. Very dry. The finish is rather acetic. Hides the booze pretty well til the end, then it picks up a bit of a rubbing alcohol gaspiness.
egajdzis (5525) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a chestnut red color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sherry, light cocoa, black cherry, and vanilla. Taste of dark fruits, vinous, vanilla, cocoa, tobacco, and rummy alcohol in the finish. This seems to have already aged into something really nice, Thanks Mike!
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, thanks to Jason. Firm and thick volcanic red pour; lazy, thin white skin. Pineapple oils and singed caramel glaze a pungent bleu cheese in the aroma; apples, raisins, dry pistachio, and white sugar. So pleasingly heavy, rich, and just dancing with nuances. Taste brings a simple canvas of brandy heat and rich oak tones of toasted vanilla; warming but not hot, smooth, and sensitive. Bold and bitter maple wood, tart cherries, and softly forceful Malbec tannins fill in underneath as the body grows darker, more concentrated, and more serious with every sip. Hints of blackberry and caramelized onions dripping with balsamic lend a tangier zest of sweetness and pleasantly understated sourness; plenty of creme brulee crust tempers all the tangents into a cool and and creamy general statement. Well aged. Phenolic notes, bananas, hot rum and spicy cheeses in staccato bursts before the finish; warming, full, and sparkly in the mouth. Hints of raw cocoa, mint, quieted tobacco and an acidic pulse at the end; conjuring the subtle brilliance of the cuvee as it reveals its full and detailed spectrum of flavors in slow release. Pure, wild, and astonishing.