mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that was aged. 2002. Deep copper in color, with a huge thick head. nice aroma of maple. Well made and impressive beer. I really liked it.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Perfect appearance. deep mahogany with huge thick tan head, and clear. Aroma of maple, raisin, and alcohol. Super rich malty flavor, where the alcohol bite is kept in the background. Flavors include Maple and raisin, with a slight alcohol bite finish. This is one well made and impressive brew.
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 Bottle. I'm not sure what makes a beer young. I also don't know why people thought this beer was amber colored. It looked like a deep ruby color to me. It smelled malty, tasted like brown sugar and alcohol. To me it tasted like an average barley wine. Nothing special about this beer, except the high alcohol content.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle. This stuff was young, but the potential was apparent ... and it was still delicious regardless. Nice chewy malt tones in the appearance and flavor. Some residual sweetness but excellent hop presence. Slightly more balanced towards the malt and maybe a wee bit underhopped as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass. Noneltheless, I would definitely drink more and I look forward to aging a few.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, with a small amount of tan head, nice fine lacing. Aroma is dominated by malt and alcohol. Lot of malt in this one, and the hops complement it rather than jumping into the forefront. Alcohol is less noticeable on the palate than it is in the aroma. Thick mouthfeel.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep amber, off white head. nice aroma of malty dried fruit, cherries, caramel and alcohol. big malty front with lots of dried fruit. sticky sweet mouthfeel. finishes boozy and warming. very nice.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 version, wow, I like this ale! Bottle, poured brown with garnet highlights and a generous, creamy, tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is rich, almost brandy-like, lots of sweet fruit scents, prunes, raisins, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is every bit as rich as the aroma. Sweet, thick and fruity, dark roasted malts, some yeast like a brandy soaked fruit cake and a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, thick, smooth and mildly carbonated. I'm looking forward to what this one will taste like with a year or two of aging.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruddy color, huge light tan lasting head. Massive plumbananabrandy nose. Sweet and alcoholic but not fiery. Vanilla and fruit at the front, pepper and more acidic fruit finishing. Somewhat too alcoholi and biting going down, and some uncharacteristic sourness. I'll bet it'll profit from more aging, though it's definitely worth a try now.
hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer had a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles that fully dissipated. The body was cloudy/hazy and carbonated with a mahogany hue. The nose was malty, very light hops, sweet, fruit notes and spicy. The flavor was delicious...sweet, malty, caramel and some spice notes. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was medium bodied beer with fair amounts of lacing. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer and it went very well with the filet mignon supper that thedm and I enjoyed tonight.
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a hazy brown colored softly carbonated body and a decent lace. The aroma was nice with caramel and malty notes while the mouthfeel was vinuous and malty. The flavor was very nice with vinuous malt and caramel notes.