Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Very dark red/black with a huge tan head. Aroma and flavor of raisons, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Very warming and acidic with strong carbonation. Too intense for me.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep garnet beneath a half-inch layer of tan foam. Fruity, sweet aroma of plum, cherry, alcohol, dark malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, mango and fresh dough. Super malty all around. Smooth, silky body with light, tight carbonation. Malty, fruity aroma with essentially insignificant hops. Incredibly drinkable despite the intense malt. The yeast allows for a little balance, but it doesn't overpower. An enjoyable beer not unlike a good sample of La Terrible, yet uniquely rewarding. Something that could be consumed regularly, if it was distributed in Illinois, that is.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle pours a red black color with a monster tan head and cobweb lace. The aroma is yeasty, banana like, spicy, and malty. The flavor is raisin, banana, chocolate malt, nice yeast, spice, minor hops, peppery, and all around just very Trappist like. The body is nice and creamy, smooth, and moderate carbonation. Overall, fantastic!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque dark brown color with a very thick, creamy off-white head. Spicy banana bread, raisin and clove aroma. Very sweet clove, banana, yeast, roasted malt and alcohol favors with a bit of hops in the finish. Very warming feel, with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Very rich, complex beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful dark opaque brown color with a large, creamy, thick, everlasting tan head. The aroma was full of spices, clove, alcohol, sour raisins, and a nice bready/yeasty tone. The flavor was almost perfectly complex...sweet banana/clove, spiced apples, sweet grapes, alcohol, yeast, and some acidic/spicy hops at the end. The feel was very smooth, thic, creamy, crisp carbonation, with a semi-dry finish.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark mohagany pour with a fine creamy head of tan. Lacing is very nice. Aromas are varied, starting from spice (coriander) and alcohol going to raisins or grapes and a bit of hops and bread or yeast. I have to stop for a minute with the flavors. Complex is the word that comes to mind. More malts and hops than in the nose. The raisin and grape start to fade moreso into a wine like flavor. Alcohol is strong, but is balanced by the other flavors. Spices show up as well. Coriander makes itself known. A bit of caramel is present. There is the doughiness around too. Full body, spicy palate, and a hoppy alcohol finish. Damn fine Belgian. Yes sir, I'll take another.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mildly sweet and malty aroma. Some dates and prunes and figs present too. Definetly a robust and well-rounded winter brew. Mild alcohol burn, but it's not unpleasant.
notalush (5450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with a huge head, frothy and beige, good retention - extremely complex aroma, port, plums, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate - flavor contains much of the same - tastes like a good abbey dark should, but the chocolate seems to be the star of this show, all other flavors bow down to it and add their own notes to it - plums and other dark fruits - a touch of smoke makes this quite unique - a bit of an alcohol burn that will probably disappear with some age (my only real complaint) - good stuff.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Delicious belgian, one of the best I've ever had. The aroma is full of some semi-sweet malts followed by a blended hop bitterness. Balance is supreme here. Pours dark brown with lots of head and lacing. The flavor is perfect with some spicy belgian charactaristics and a bit of yeasty citrus alcohol/hop balance. Finishes so smooth and balanced. this was fucking awesome, no doubt about it.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Very dark, coca cola with a hint of yeasty matter. Rum and dark fruits in the aroma, perhaps just a hint of yeast, though very low in that area I thought. Alcohol present from the first nosing through the last peppery swallow, a bit too much, also too acidic for me. Caramel-sweet and smoky in the front of the flavor; rather simple. Not a bad beer, but none of our little group (MartinT, Rastacouere, Simon_Patrice and myself) were terribly impressed. Wonderful label though.