MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 The Lure:
Frothy dark chocolate explodes from the bottle upon decorking. Minty green wood roams shyly atop the big bubbles. The aroma is nice, but it does not fully announce the immense pleasure to be had upon tasting.
Diplomatic roastiness hires a few prunes, furtive cherries and looming black grapes to garnish the walls of the ballroom. Elegantly decorated with shining yet dry wooden floors and minty leaves, this will be the setting for a smooth bubble ballet where champagne alcohol will splash around like well-controlled confetti. All is done with finesse, silk gloves, platters of dark chocolate and a few sticks of licorice.
Ornate stalagtites and stalagmites adorn a quiet but impressive cavern.
sayravai (4671) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 (Bottled, 0.75l, Reserve 2003, re-rate - changed aroma from 9 to 8) Very dark reddish brown color with a largeish, beige head. Very malty, very caramely aroma, that turns sourish, port-wineous, berryish and imperial-stoutish when warm. Some alcohol in the aroma. Very smoothly malty, port-wineous, slightly sweet but very balanced flavor with a hint of mushrooms. Flavor hides the ABV completely. Quite full-bodied, smooth, warming, slicky and slightly sugary palate with a bit foamy carbonation. An excellent, very well-balanced and tasty brew. Makes a very nice dessert with or without chocolate.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at dougshoemaker’s, dark amber/brown, nice creamy beige head, nice lacing, smells fruity and alcohol, taste of chocolate, cola, and alcohol.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle, bbe 15th Dec 06. Dark and dense appearance, with a head that doesn’t quite fit into the picture. Orange zest, sticky malt and alcohol in the aroma. Porto, wood, orange in the bitter flavour which is drier than expected. Just a bit too sharp/acidic on the tongue. And it really goes well with chocolate, it enhances its flavour!
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Brown fluffy head. Fruity, sweet and very chocolatish aroma. Light alcohol, some spices, fruit and the chocolate again dominates the flavour. Ends on a dry light alcoholdense note. Overall the alcohol is very well hidden. First beer of 2005 for me. It had all I could ask for.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Respectable looking ale, nice set of colours, and creamy head. Refreshing nose, full of flavours. Medium bodied ale, with some fruity undertones, plenty of warming alcohol and black chocolate. Sound and looks better on paper than really is.
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-brown colour with a tan head. Sweet aroma of chocolate and cherries with some yeasty notes. Mild & bitter chocolate malt flavour with a warm and slightly spiced finish. Quite nice. [Toronto Christmas Party ’04]
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy dark brown w/ some yeast suspension. Rocky, light brown foam. Sweet, chocolaty aroma w/ a light yeastiness & some grassy hops. Medium, carbonated feel. Sweet, chocolaty, yeasty, mildly fruity flavour w/ notes of vinous wood. Warm, peppery finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and dark brown, lighter brown head. Some cherry in the aroma along with some yeast and a good dose of malt. Sharp, dry flavor, raisin, yeast, malt. Medium to full bodied, pretty dry. I liked a lot. Thanks mr_kimchee.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided at DougShoemaker’s. Nice brown/chocolate color. Aroma is like a cola. Bits of fruit. Yeasty.