chriso (7306) - 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.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque brown body, with a huge chunky tan head. Aroma heavy on the candy sugar, spicy with notes orange peel and yeast. Flavor is intensely sweet and characteristic of a dark Belgian. Somewhat estery and peppery. Palate is smooth and carbonated, with a warm, dry alcohol finish.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage. Poured deep red-brown with a creamy medium light tan head leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma had a touch of orange peel, yeast and dark sweet fruit. Flavor was classic Belgian Strong, with a yeasty, bready beginning leading to fruit development and perhaps a hint of cherry in the aftertaste, supplemented by a touch of orange peel and alcohol in the finish. Sweet and fairly complex, but not among the best examples of the style; there is nothing groundbreaking or innovative about this beer, but it is still tasty.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle '02. This beer formed a small sized head with fine sized bubbles. The body was murky with a brown hue. The nose was malty, somewhat hoppy, sweet and fruit notes (orange?). The flavor was malty, spicy and alcohol. The mouthfeel was a little tingly and smooth. This was a medium bodied beer that had fair lacing.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2004 750 ml bottle, shared with MartinT, Rastacouere, and Simon_Patrice. Very dark brown, nearly opaque, medium to large head. Potent, pungeant barnyardy-spicy (thyme) nose. Medium sweetness, lightly acidic, thyme and orange flavors, very well-balanced, light and effervescent and drinkable. Wonderful.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Ruby berries riding bubble rockets...Dry thyme raining on port wine lakes...Barley winish caramel malt and herbal hop bitterness sign off this hefty winter celebration...This ages beautifully, as was proved recently by a 3-year-old 2004 bottle.