Suttree (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, no head. Cedery, woodsy aoma. very earthy and woodsy flavor, with a undercurrent of fruit - plums, raisins. Slightly medicinal through the finish. Maybe a bit of cinnamon in the aftertaste. NIce beer!
Shag (2546) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nomes will not fail you! I haven’t had a bad one from these guys yet, and this is no exception. Murky brown appearance with a very complex flavor. It taste cherries, raisins and plums. Loads of dark fruit exist here along with some caramel and alcohol. Good one!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer after disgorging from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a beclouded deep cherry red to almost brown color with the head creamy in texture with the color tan and the size portly, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass from view. Nose is sweet malt with a nice over ripe apple aroma, clean and fresh, also some yeast noticed after setting, start is sweet with a nice thick malt profile, the top moderate to almost full in its feel to the palate. Finish is iron-handed in its acidity, the hops pleasing and spicy, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a nice drinking beer.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear brown with little carbonation . Nice spicy aroma(bread, cookiedough, fruit, nutmeg, mace.) Herbal and spicy tastes Medium heavy palate. Nice creamy finish. Good beer.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2002 bottle) The age didn’t affect the carbonation -- a gusher upon opening. Heck, after losing about 4 oz. and pouring another 4 into the glass, the foam in the bottle STILL made its way back to the top, ready to resume streaming down the side. Red brown body topped by a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, herbal, prune, coriander. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, coriander, toffee, herbal, some orange peel, dark fruit. Finish is dominated by moderately strong alcohol. Full, moderately sticky body.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess I’m a bit out on a limb here, but I just don’t find this too special. The whole thing is too dominated by treacle toffee and sweet molasses for my taste. Ended up with a massive head, however carefully I poured it. At first glance it appeared deep chocolate brown but, holding the glass up to the light, the underlying rich cherry colour was apparent. The aroma is vaguely herbal and spicy, but principally molasses and candy sugar. More of the same in the flavour. Treacle toffee. Very rich but, although there is enough acidity to prevent it from being too cloying it is still rather syrupy in texture for me. Quite nice, but nothing to rave about as far as I’m concerned. The high alcohol level is not intrusive. Anyone else find those cute gnomes intensely irritating by the way? Bottled (750ml), from beersofeurope.co.uk
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 Brownish color with hints of red. fruity nose, banana flavor. starts malty sweet. light hoppy/yeasty finish and light alcohol aftertaste.
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, dark in color, with a sharp, medicinal nose. Flavor is slightly sweet with some dried fruit tastes, mingled with a spice rack full of herbs. Not quite what I would deem tasty, but I can understand the greatness of the beverage.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff was awesome! Nice astringent herbal aroma, the thyme is not as present as I thought it would be, but there are definitely powers at work here. Kind of a schnapps like bite, with some medicinal flavors, that meld very well with the chocolate and fruit going on. Some apricot, figs, plums and other delectable flavors are present. This is highly tasty, with a rich spicy finish, bravo!
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alcohol nose and flavoring. Tastes like a Belgian with a bit of spice at the end. Quite light in substance for a Belgian.