Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 Very dark brown hue with a light brown head that quickly turns into a ring. Aroma is rather overwhelmed by alcohol and you seriously have to pass over that flavour to be able to appreciate the rest which consists in bready dark malts (smoke, cigar) and good malt strenght (dark chocolate, plums). In mouth, it's a little more interesting, but still very strong alcohol wise for a 9% beer this highly rated. Mostly on the sweet side with touches of several dark fruits (bays, prunes, blackberries, cherries), quite yeasty also. Not much hops or bitterness to balance the alcohol sweetness which keeps going a long time in the aftertaste, but obvious notes of fireplace and ashes keep it from being too much. Body is very creamy and quite carbonated. What's up with this beer? Everyone seems to love it and every 4 of my tasting buddies were severly disappointed. Bad bottle? It didn't seem like it. Perhaps it's too young, so I'd suggest laying this down a bit before tasting it because it sure as hell is usually my type of beer.
CapFlu (4620) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle) Many thanks to Argo0 for this parting gift - such a nice guy! Pours a medium, yellowish-beige, non-dissipating foamy head and a near opaque red body. Average carbonation up the sides and middle of the glass. Nose of bread, yeast, caramel and bananas. Unbelievable malt and chocolate notes. Plums, brown sugar and toffee also flash the palate. Sweet malty finish. Absolutely to die for...
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy ruby brown color with a huge quickly settling off-white head. Bready yeast with an array of light and dark fruits, like banana and cherry. Smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Ends slightly sweet and acidic. Watch out Belgium.
tswhitehead (6) - USA - FEB 14, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was suffused with berries, cherries, and spice - invitingly luscious. Appearance was deep-red, with just a hint of chocolate brown at the edges of my glass; nice tan head with staying power. The warming effects of alcohol were clearly evident, but not offensive due to a nice relaxing level of carbonation. I have a hard time pinpointing the taste components of this brew - definitely chocolate and earth flavors, but there is something elusive. Quite an enjoyable brew, definitely don't want to compound this hummer with others due to its kick!
Ernest (6356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, chocolate, toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of banana, plum, raisin, oregano, anise. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very syrupy sweet, almost too much for comfort, but a wonderful aroma...lots to entice. Just a little more tartness and/or bitterness (or less overall sweetness) is needed.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Roasted malt is the first thing I tasted. Big beautiful dark amber ale with nice lacing throughout. Roasted coffee with alcohol and chocolate, yeast and chocolate covered cherries. So very subtle in the very nicely masked 8.2%. A winner if you can get your greedy little mitts on some of this stuff. Very unique.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Great belgian, smells like peaches and spices, thick and bubbly in the mouth, tastes like raisins with some oak and smoky flavors...
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Slightly cloudy dark brown with garnet highlights. Fruity malts, yeasty aroma with raisins, spices. Flavor features dark dried friuts, coffee, yeast, roasted malts, pepper and a wonderful lingering finish. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. Very nice ale - a cross between a belgian strong and a stout in my estimation.
argo0 (11666) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown head atop a dark brown body with scintilla of red. Aroma is raisin, some yeasty spice, anise, light cherry, and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, raisin, some anise, light wood, definite alcohol. Finishes with nice alcohol warming. Medium-full body with moderate acidity. I had very high expectations for this beer, and maybe the fact that they were not met biases me against it. Nevertheless, I do not think this beer is anything special, much less a top 50 beer.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a very dark mahogany color with a thick tan head. Complex falvor of fruit, chocolate, malt and vanilla.