IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy dark mahogany with a fizzy off-white head which dissipated nearly completely. Aroma of raisins, grapes, alcohol, and a bit of ashtray. Flavor is extremely pleasant and balanced... dark fruits, brown sugar, dry alcohol. Alcohol has a bit of a burn going down with a retronasal effect. Body is average with a biting carbonation. Although the alcohol and some of its effects could stand to be toned down a bit, this still has a very refined flavor which makes it a quite enjoyable drink.
raphael (1015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
an almost pinot red w/ a slight ephemeral head. I feel the alcohol heat with the first swallow. aroma of a spiciness I cant define in the aroma, along with dried cherries, brandy, orange peel, molasses. the fruity smoothness of the flavor, light malt , w/ a slight roasted note at the end. I only know there’s hops cause the sweetness would be unbounded.
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
garnet color with an eggshell head. Sugared plum nose that is rich and earthy, damn, the yeasty aroma is great. Flavor is thick and rich with yeast, candy, dark fruits, and spices with a touch of coffee with cream in the end that is an absolute pleasure .
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IndianaRed (2879) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a clear rich dark redish brown with a small light tan head. Lots of sweet plum and fruity aromas. Flavor is again pitted fruit, sweet, and malty with plenty of the calssic Belgian yeast twang. A bit strong on teh ABV and plenty of Belgian flavor. Tasty. Thanks Jordan
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Did have a long-winded rating for this great brew, but that all went down the shitter when I had some minor computer issues that caused a restart. At least I remembered my numerical rating though. I’m just too lazy to try and rehash the rest.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a amber mahogany color with light tan head and nice lacing. The nose is bright and rich with plum and alcohol, thick belgian dark malts and sweet pastries. The flavor is chewy and a touch medicinal but comes off like candied plums and maltose. The finish is smooth and balanced, a bit of grassy earthy character in the tail that keeps this a bit separated, but it’s still quite good for a BSA from the CA.
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep purplish red; medium-sized, half-creamy, half-fizzy, light brown head. Sweet and yeasty aroma, including malt, dark fruit, rotting vegetable, overripe banana, cherry, and maybe the tiniest hint of caramel. Flavor is less descript but nice and strong; quite sweet with malt and vegetables and a barely bitter finish; alcohol is only noticeable in the finish. Medium to medium-thick body; barely fizzy and a little frothy; not quite silky. Really nice.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby red in color. Spicy yeast aroma. Tastes of alcohol and sugars overpower this one for me. Too sweet for my tastes.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. One of my favorite beer styles. Large tan very, very fizzy head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, transparent, visible carbonation, and a ruby hue. Nose was malty, semi-sweet, dark fruits, plum, hint of caramel and cinammon. Flavor pretty mimicked the nose, but tasted watered down and thin. Alcohol at 9% was fairly well hidden. Mouthfeel was tingly, watery and thin. Light body. Decent brew, but would have received a little higher overall rating if it wasn’t for the watery feel and thin taste.
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Raisin and prune aromas with a malty sweetness. Some spice is noticeable. Light alcohol aromas with an almost sherry like aroma. Light tan head dissipates quickly, No haze is noticeable, with a ruby tones to a deep brown beer. Flavors up front are of prune, and raisins, a sherry like feel to the beer. Malt sweetness is noticeable ending with a noticeable amount of carbonation making the beer finish lighter in mouthfeel that I think it really is. No hop flavors noticeable and bitterness is only there for balance. Overall a very interesting and drinkable beer.