Choos (590) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: plum, prune, spiritous and some passionfruit. Appearance: rich red/brown slightly cloudy with a tan head. Sudsy lacing. Flavour: rich fruity sweetness balanced with some carbony notes. Palate: medium mouthfeel drink really clean.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Described as a barley wine on tap at Old Bay, though I knew it was an from the Chouffe family. A wonderful winter beer that is a delight to enjoy over an hour. Had it in late May outside, though it was only about 50 degrees so I guess it felt like Winter enough. Alcohol is very present, though it is pleasant and easy to drink. Very fruity and wonderful.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark burnt orange, brownish, large foamy beige head, lovely lacing. Musty aroma, semi-sweet, soft dark pitted fruit. Spicy start, rich citrus bitterness, earthy, with minor dark pitted fruit. Nice body, moderate mouthfeel. Earthy/musty finish, not as flavorful as the start. Good, but compared the Gouden Carolus Classic before it, not as tasty or robust.   Lingering yeasty/breadiness after the finish.
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummy Yummy thickmalt hop spiritus aroma. Dark brown colour with fair head. Thick strong rich flavour with hop malt and spirit. Smooth palate.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 75cl bottle, the 2003 edition (no I couldn’t wait very long...)
Pours into the goblet a dark brown, almost pitch black with a thick tan head. Some dark reddish hints around the edges. Smells heavenly. Spicy and yeasty. Alcohol flavors but mixed in with orange peel aromas and sticky sweet malt aromas too. Very inviting.
My limited palate will not do this beer justice. Spicy and sweet. Orangey flavors, fruity. The fruity yeasty flavors meld wonderfully with the dried orange peel flavors and I am unable to descern where one ends and the other begins. The thyme mentioned on the bottle is evident in the background. The bottle also states that it is brewed with "alot of dark candy sugar" and they do not lie. Lots of sweet, sticky molasses-like flavors. Hints of brown sugar? Lots of sweet malty flavors that I can’t identify. Just know that they are good flavors.
Mouthfeel is sticky and the finish surprisingly bitter. Lots of those molasses tones stuck to the roof of your mouth. With all of this big flavor, very very drinkable. The perfect beer for a cold snowy evening. This beer only gets better as it warms. The bottle suggests 60 degrees. My cellar is close to 50 at this point but it warms beautifully.
Easily my favorite Chouffe beer. I just have to get some to cellar before this winter is over, I can only imagine how this would taste with a year or two under its belt.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just before cracking this gem I shared a bottle of Orval with my girlfriend - I thought that was a musky Belgian ale...but man, this sets the bar. Stored since ’03, this beer has reached a supremely round mellowness that really brings out the big earthiness in the yeast and curbs the edgy alchohol. There is a wonderful breadiness here - something fermented like French - mixed with an extremely smooth buttery hazelnut character. The yeast really comes through a touch sweet - apples or currant. A sprinkling of hops give the fruit a fresh quality - very contrary to the musky yeast and malt. The mouthfeel here is unbeatable, just gooey and sweet with that hoppy freshness. An excellent winter ale, but hell...I loved this and it’s spring.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 (Bottle 75 cl) Quite dark, almost chestnut color, with a light brown head. Pretty full-bodied and heavy beer that lacks some finesse. Doesn’t taste heavily like alcohol, but has an unpleasant bitterness. 050599 and 051103
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 750 Bottle: OK, I expected a real cork in this, oh well. Pours with lively carbonation and a pillowy head; spicy orange-citrusy nose, yeasty and musty notes; sweet, fruity front end with molassas/brown sugar, cola, and dark fruits (dates and raisins); I’m not catching any of the thyme in this; thinning hot alcoholic tinge, tingly carbonation, curacao bitters, and dryish finishing palate seem to balance the potentially cloying sweetness and cut the syrupy body; my hangover is now officially gone after drinking this.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brownish crimson, thick light tan head. Complex nose of spices, berry, dried apricot, dark candy sugar, citrus, herbs, and a hint of wet earth. Flavor is similar with spiced up front sips that gain a near perfect bittersweet hoppiness in the end. This one is all about the balance. Full bodied, zesty carbonation, warming, dry, bittersweet finish. Really nice....
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 2009. Robe rouge. Mousse en dentelle épaisse et persistente. Arômes de cerises et de levure. Saveurs de cerises de marasquin et de sucre de candi. Houblon de soutien. J’aime vraiment beaucoup! Très spéciale