Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Russet coloured with a complex aroma of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and alcohol. Very sweet taste and lots of alcohol, quite a lot of balancing bitterness with some leathery caramel notes but too much tongue-burning alcohol and a strange flabby caramel sweetness. If this was 8% it would be very good indeed, but there’s just too much alcohol for the beer to carry it off. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber clear with a small short lasting beige head. Deep burnt caramel and roast malt aroma with faint alcohol coming through as it warms. Smooth luscious body. Medium sweetness roast malt with a hint of smoked character at the start. Softer sweeter middle and finish with hop bitternes lingering nicely into the aftertaste. Alcohol extremely well masked.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small tan head. Brown, with some reddish colr, clear appearance. Vinuous aroma with strong malt and aroma character. Malty. Flavor is good, strong malty, caramel. Aftertaste has strong alcohol burn.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in colour with a medium sized lingering head. Nose is alcohol, anise and candied fruit. Flavour is same only more bitter than expected with a slightly metallic character to the finish. Quite good.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with a medium brown head that is medium lasting. The nose is sweet but some lager funk in the nose. The taste is very rusty up front and very malty. So sweet and great, however the rust is too much for me. finish is acidic and metallic.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottling. Carmel, nutmeg, toffee, moderate alc in the nose. toffee, carmel, fruits, very british. reminds me of bells batch 6000
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany with a weak tan head. Aroma is fruit, syrup, anise. Puts one to mind of another spirit but not sure what. Flavor is somewhat acidic and a tad metallic. Good but not great.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
perhaps this beer needed to be aged a little more to apprecatie its beauty. Poured a nice opaque amber color with almost no head. Fruity notes in the aroma as well as alcohol, oak, and some hops. Taste was initally fruity with some candy like qualities. Alochol was present. Taste could have been mre pronounced, i found its flavor to be delicate to say the leasy. Maybe i'll age it for a year or two and re-rate it.
Bov (11737) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy ruby-brown colour with almost no foam, very complex aroma of bread, raisins, licorice, red fruits and alcohol, very sweet and oily with lot of carbonation, very long warming alcohol finish with a dry bitterness and more fruity notes - powerful and heavy but with some cloying sweetness - to enjoy like a nice cognac
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burgundy brown, sparse head. Aroma is very strongly of green apple, peach and a little bit of bell pepper. Some porto notes. Flavor is malty and classy. Sweet and articulated with lots of berry and cherry going on--this one is very winey. This scores highly fresh from the brewery; I can't wait to age some! Yum, yum, yum.