OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque deep ruby amber with large, large bubbled lasting beige head. Spicy ginger cinnamon aromas when cold - moving to malty festive plum pudding, rum and raisin as it warms. Palate is relatively light and crisp for such a high ABV brew. Flavorus are medium low caramel malt sweet with medium hoppy bitterness and a touch of that gingery spice, some alcohol and yeast. Finish was medium light short bitter. Hummm . . . .maybe I was expecting a bit more in the flavour stakes otherwise it’s quite um . . .nice?
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very thick, fluffy, long lasting head topping a brownish red ale. Plums, grapes, and sugars greet the nose. The taste is warming, with a spice and fruit blend, finishing with a sugary carbonation.
CapFlu (4548) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) The neck foamed-over for a good 2 minutes after the cap finally was cracked. A pleasant aroma of marshmellow and bourbon filled the air. The flavours of strong roasted malt, caramel, marshmellow and cask bourbon roll nicely on the tongue. Very potent and formal flavours for a straight-forward taste. Very warming ans sweet. Very good.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. It is quite N’Ice i have to say. Some nice touches of caramel and chocolate, with hints of brown sugar. Belgian yeasty bitterness in the finish, with a soft carbonation, very pleasant and quite drinkable for its strength.
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2004: A dark nutty brown body with glimmering ruby highlights capped by a thick, creamy tan head make this one good looking ale. The aroma is quite spicy, a rich caramel & toffee malt with orange zest, dark berries, and alcohol. Smooth but hot in the mouth, the flavor intensifies the malts, blends it tightly to the alcohol and fruits, and allows the spices to roam freely. The finish is sweet and hot. I like.
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Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vertical, with a 2002, 2003 and 2004 and I definately perferred te 2004, but I also hate oxidation. Dark ruby color. Very subtle aromatically, comparing multiple samples. Rich toffee and spice with a pretty overwhelming bitter and acidic flavor, along with an orange tone, which may come from spices. Musty yeast as well. Never really been to fond of it.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a thick lasting light tan head. Smells great. Lots of sweet chocolatey malt in the nose. A little fruity too. Sort of a dry bitter palate. Finishes with some alcohol flavor. A good dark Belgian Ale that would probably be better if the alcohol were hidden better. As it is, the alcohol masks some of the flavors; nevertheless, it’s still a quality ale.
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flowery, earth odor, thyme,, pours a cloudy brown with a nice tan head that whisps to a thin head in a few minutes. Starts off creamy smooth, sweet flavour then a sourness.
vanvenlo (1255) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity dark malt hop aroma. Brown red cloudy colour, brown head, suds lacing. Heaps of hops complex malt flavour. Heaps ’O’ Hops malt finish.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Barleywine style ale,very full bodied with a nice aftertaste with hints of fruit. Very strong beer, try it if you get a chance!