MiP (13913) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Malty aroma, but a bit like flat lager. Nice dark chestnut colour, big semi-stable head. Flavour is OK malty, but with a rather weak/watery aftertaste. Nice, soft carbonation.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown colour with a off-white head. Malty aroma and a sweet spicy light alcoholic taste. Medium body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown beer, ruby tint, with a thick, sticky, light brown head. Sweet malty aroma, plum, pine (needles, not hops), brown sugar, yeasty spice, clove, and a nutty breadiness. Very complex and superbly balanced nose. Flavour is awesome, malty and sweet up front, but never cloyingly so. Brown sugar, toast, clove and spice, some heavy plumminess. Full bodied and delicious. Awesome beer.
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light tan, two-finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is slighty malty. Starts just on the sweet side, finishes mellow, better as it warms; label has the ABV at 8.5% but there is not a trace of alcohol. $8.90 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@Ølbaren. Brown with a rudy twist. Beige dissapearing head. Pleasant aroma with notes of sweetness, spices and yeast. Soft and fullbodied with complex balanced taste and a warm aftertaste.
Terminus (3302) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-pours a ruby red hue with a big off-white head-big and sudsy. musty, sweet, estery aroma that doesnt smell anything like the scotch ales of england/scotland. this is more a dubbel-good spicy notes, estery, fruity. Lots of malt, but not in the scotch ale style. I really like ths one, especially of a style i dont care for.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More Belgian than Scotch... A bit too much hoppiness for my happiness. Nice strength sets up a firm and reasonably drinkable beer--a nice change of pace from the traditional tripel. But only on occasion.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very hazy brown with a thick tan head. Lots o’ lace. Smell is caramel and smoky. Thick rich malty aromas and the fruitiness you would expect from a Belgian interpretation of a scotch ale.
Taste is big rich malt. Fruity yeasty flavors and smoky caramel. Luxurious caramel and molasses. Bitter as it finishes. Sticky on the tongue. Sweet malty aftertaste. Oh yeah, smooth as silk. Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV. Really, really good beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, frothy Belgian-style head on an attractive ruby-toned body with moderate-high carbonation. Aroma of figs, cherries, cola and alcohol plus an odd note of mustard seed. Also has a roasted nutty quality plus some solvent character. Medium sweet liquor and earthy malt flavor with kerosene and leather notes. Sticky smooth palate. Distinct, complex and challenging.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish brown colour. I’m not generally a fan of sweet beers and the big sweet malt and molasses aroma suggested I might struggle with this one. But, once in the mouth it was surprisingly dry (if not very dry) with lots of burnt caramel and a woody, vinous edge. Lots of plummy fruit and nuts. Also a bit herbal. Mouth filling but not cloying. Nice beer. 750ml bottle, January 2005.