mabjork (674) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Hazy Brown with aa rich head. The aroma consists of hops with fruit. The flavour contains smoke an alkohol. To much of everythng in this beer for me to enjoy it.
thewolf (11289) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
A fabolous smelling beer that HAS to be above 5 degrees C, otherwise it has a very powerful taste of alcohol.
thebeertourist (4937) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brown with a rich, khaki head cloying to the glass. Yeasty and sweet caramel aroma. Initially sweet, spicy yeastiness takes over, ending dry. Noticeable alcohol.Good carbonation, full-bodied. Very enjoyable, if not the most complex strong ale around.
oh6gdx (21122) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. reddish, a bit hazy brown colour, with brown big head. Aroma is raisins, some vegetables, alcohol and toffee. Flavour is spicy, malt, caramel, some plums. Very nice. A bit sticky palate afterwards,
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby brown with a huge tan head. Nice spicy nose. Flavors are immediate and full: strong toffee, a hint of chocolate. Quite smooth & meaty. Sweet. Moderate malt-alcohol presence (rummy). This is definitely a winner, I plan to grab a few and cellar them, because I may want this year-round.
Sregnar35 (987) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent holiday beer. Flavor is sweet with a clean carbonation and strong alcohol presence. Wish this was more readily available, it’s just too expensive.
larsniclas (5783) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a beige head and nice lacing.
Sourish and grassy aroma; soap(?).
Spicy and yeasty flavour with fine sweetness.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours murky dark brown with a faint ruby tint. head is tall, creamy and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is very earthy and spicy with some citrus notes. Flavor is quite complex with leather, earth, citrus, hay, peppery spices (probably some of the thyme) and dark fruit. Wow. Full-bodied, moderately carbonated and quite dry. Very enjoyable - too bad it’s a 2003 limited edition, because I would certainly add it to my regular rotation.
stouby (3840) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at home.
A dark brown beer with a light brown head, mostly diminishing, fine lacings. Aroma heavy malty (brown sugar, figs, chocolate, orange) moderate hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet ending in moderate bitter, fine balance. Medium body, creamy, flat carbonated, you don’t feel the strength.
shrubber85 (8104) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clove, berry and thyme aromas. Dark brown with large tan head. Spicy hops up front followed by a nice sweet raspberry flavor and ending with alcohol burn. Nice beer - very well balanced with a complex flavor that doesn’t allow the alcohol content to overwhelm the more subtle flavors. A nice beer to sip while smoking a pipe (which is what I’m doing right now).