Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep copper color, long lasting small creamy head. Excellent aroma of raisins and port, with a fresh loamy smell on the finish. Flavor also centers on raisins, prunes, dried apricots, with a bit more bitterness on the finish than I expected. Well made beer. Thanks acrodizer!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large thanks to Indra for the trade a few months ago, You Rock!
Pours a smoky mahogany body beneath a blossoming creamy tan head, amazing sheets of lacing. Aroma of ripe berries: raspberries, both black and blueberries, thick with caramel malt… The flavor is leathery, musty saddlebags, plums, a smoky cedar & tobacco presents of a walk in cigar humidor…. A spicy peppery attendance, yeasty, a bit nutty, amazingly complex and delicious…finishes both tart and dry, Nice!
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It looks really thin, with a light amber color. Not much of an aroma, after pouring the beer I wasn't really expecting much, just based on the appearance and the nose. But, I was pleasantly surprised, the palate of this brew seems far darker and thicker than I thought it should, judging by the way it looks in the glass. Complicated flavor, full of sweet syrupy notes, with hints of spices and fruit. Definatly worth a try.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've been waiting forever to try this. Like Chimay Grand but less fruit and more dark, pillow-soft bread. God, this is good. Deep, dark, opague walnut brown. Soupy, creamy, and finishes like velvet. I lament as I finish knowing it'll be a long time before I see any more of this terrific beer.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with a nice, lasting head. Sweet, slightly fruity nose. Biscuity, yeasty, some hints of dark fruits, but not as complex as I had expected. Alcohol was nicely masked and there was a pleasant bitterness at the finish.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown color, with a sweet nose. Some good yeast, dough flavors. Mild hops in the end. Fairly good. Mostly sweet flavors. Medium finish.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smelled strongly of yeast. The head was small. Had a good hoppy flavor and very strong tastes.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a small greyish head. The aroma was full of candy, bubblegum, and yeast. The flavor was very sweet, bubblegum, fruity, yeasty. Crisp, lively feel.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 VERY NICE! aroma is of bubblegum with a hint of dried fruit, not sure what fruit. a bit murky, brown with slight yellow/orange appearance, rocky, slightly brown-white head that leaves itself as a very thin ring. dry nuts and dry fruits nicely and softly embedded within a great, animated, overall mellowing sweet flavor... THANK YOU tannertavernboy! i'm officially liking new belgium. UPDATE 9/23/04: i had this as dessert with some ice cream. the warmer it gets the worse of the bitter aftertaste it gets. it's an odd mix of banana, sugar, and a little bubblegum. a mix i don't quite care for. the palate is sharp. this is bitter. it tasted better with chocolate when it was at the very least cool - even better when cold. i don't care for this beer as much as i use to. (i've had this twice!) downrated.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks Aubrey for this Colorado goodie! Pours clear brown with orange highlights. Small off-white head diminished quickly. The aroma is the best part of this brew, dark malts, dark dried fruits, dark molasses bread yeastiness, mapole syrup - very comforting smells. Flavors are complex, it seemed like every time I took a sip I'd find something different. Sweet and tart at the same time, cranberries, figs, bitter spices and a lingering hop finish. Medium body, round pleasant mouthfeel.